Sunday, we launched out of Scappose Bay Marina and cruised up to **** Island. This was our first time shad fishing. Before we left, I bought a book by Lenox Dick about shad fishing. The author claims that "Once a shad is de-boned, it is one of the most delicious fish there is to eat." There are instructions and photos in the book showing how to de-bone a shad. After anchoring, we started fishing and after a few minutes Mrs. Waterfish caught the first shad. Soon, "son of Waterfish" caught one, and before long I caught one too. We caught about 10 or 12, and released all but two. We were very impressed about how much these fish fought, and some of them must have gone 5 or six pounds. Pretty fun on the light trout tackle we were using. When we got home, we scaled the two shad, and attempted to de-bone them. Not easy! We fried them up in some batter and sat down for dinner. Even with taking out the major bones, there were still many long, skinny bones. Dozens of them in fact. The meat was pretty good, but what a hassel to pick out all the bones for each bite. After a few bites, "son of Waterfish" gave up and put a frozen pizza in the microwave for his dinner. Teenagers don't have much patience when they're hungry! We agreed that shad was good, but no better than other white meated fish like crappie or bass that are much easier to clean and eat. I don't think we will try this again, but I wouldn't rule out trying the roe. I've heard on the east coast it is quite popular. Anyone else eat shad, or have any good ways to prepare it for the table? We eat that other bait called smelt too...