Members of Congress and leaders in fishing, boating and aquatic resource conservation met at Fletcher's Boat House in Washington, DC today to do some schmoozing, lobbying, eating and, of course, shad fishing.
Hickory shad, and I think I'm correctly identifying the one I'm holding as such, seems to be the smaller and less desirable of the two types. The other is American shad, which apparently are larger and brighter. They all look like baby tarpons to me. But someone had fried up some shad (I don't know which kind) and was passing it around. It was delicious.
Also of note was a display from the fish and wildlife department that included a tank with two snakehead fish in it. These things were creepy and large, but did make me think they'd be pretty fun on a five weight. for those of you who don't know, snakehead fish are fish that, so we're told, will go to a pond, eat every living thing in it, then get out of the pond and walk to the next pond and do the same thing.
Extra credit will be given to whoever names the movie that inspired the title of this post.