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Re:Shad roe New with photos 2010/03/15 10:39:41 (permalink)
It's that time of the year to revive this thread.

A week or so ago I had a delicious shad filet and a sack of roe at Gadaletto's , our local fish restaurant. The shad and roe were from South Carolina. There will be no Hudson river shad this year: the State has closed the fishery completely - perhaps for several years. 
 
The lack of shad in the Hudson has been manly  blamed on overfishing the species before they can even reach the Hudson. However, many of us believe the shortage of Hudson River shad is due mainly to the enormous population of striped bass that eat the roes and the fry. The bass population exploded when the State forbade fishing for that species due to high PCB s in their flesh.

So, now we have inedible striped bass and nonexistent shad - thanks to General Electric and the DEC. 

Does anyone know if the Delaware  shad fishery will be open this year?


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Re:Shad roe New with photos 2010/03/16 12:09:17 (permalink)
John,.

Thanks for the post. Now I know I can begin my annual search for shad roe.

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Re:Shad roe New with photos 2010/03/19 13:24:01 (permalink)
That didn't take long.  I just picked up a set of roe and shad fillet at Bob's Seafood Market in Northfield. He corrected my misconception that the fillet was machine boned.  They are done by hand and it takes ten cuts to get all the bones.  They are not pretty (see photos from last year, on page one of this thread) but they are truly boneless. 
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Re:Shad roe 2010/03/19 18:54:58 (permalink)
 
  

 
Placenta Anyone?

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Re:Shad roe 2010/03/20 10:31:59 (permalink)
Don't knock it if you haven't tried it.
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Re:Shad roe 2010/03/20 10:41:31 (permalink)
Chris: Have pity on those poor heartlanders who ave never experienced the delights of shad roe.

BTW: Went to my friends at Gadaletto's yesterday - no shad roe, no shad filets - they report none available last week in the Fulton fish Market. Maybe next week.

Anyway ,we substituted a couple of dozen blue points with mignonette sauce and a cool bottle of Sancerre -so it wasn't a total loss.

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Re:Shad roe 2010/03/20 12:34:50 (permalink)
Tried it, not a huge fan, but it's definitely not attractive look at, cooked or uncooked.
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Re:Shad roe 2010/03/20 16:32:46 (permalink)
saps;  I would have to agree with you on the appearance, but I was raised eating shad roe and look forward to it every year.

John;  Those blue points would definitely soften the disappointment, but cheer up shad season is just beginning.  Should go on until about Mother's Day.
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Re:Shad roe 2011/03/04 11:30:20 (permalink)
Its time to revive my annual  quest for shad roe.  Has anyone seen any yet?  I know it comes in earlier down south.
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Re:Shad roe 2011/03/04 15:08:11 (permalink)
I remember my parents or grandparents calling the roe, Melts.  Something they loved eating, never giving us kids a single bite.
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Re:Shad roe 2011/03/04 15:25:50 (permalink)
We saw a sign for a shad fest somewhere in North Carolina ( around Roanoke Rapids, maybe) on our way north last week.
 
Looking forward to some roe  and filets in April around here...
 
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Re:Shad roe 2011/03/06 14:03:12 (permalink)
ChrisOC Its time to revive my annual  quest for shad roe.  Has anyone seen any yet?  I know it comes in earlier down south.

I have never had shad roe, but I will admit that the Nero Wolfe novels have made me curious about it (and the Nero Wolfe Cookbook has at least one recipe).
 
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Re:Shad roe 2011/03/14 11:53:52 (permalink)
I found shad and roe at the Somers Point Shoprite.  I was amazed to see that the shad fillets are going for $12.99 lb.  Wow.  Shad has come a long way from when it was considered a thrash fish!
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Re:Shad roe 2011/03/14 12:29:32 (permalink)
When I owned my fish market (in CT), I could sell all the shad and shad roe that my suppliers could deliver. I'd simply call a few loyal customers, put out the sign by the road, and the caravan would begin. Some people would be repelled by the sight of the roe in the fish case, but I relished that. Alas, the market is no longer in existence, and I must travel to the lower Connecticut for my fix each spring. And shad festivals abound along the river up as far as Hartford, particularly in Windsor and Essex, to name a few. Indeed, many local fishermen travel to central CT to fish for shad.
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Re:Shad roe 2011/03/14 12:31:53 (permalink)
Go to the Windsor Shad Derby site to view the calendar of events, etc. Sorry, forgot to mention that in the last post.
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Re:Shad roe 2011/03/21 09:58:36 (permalink)
Glad I didn't buy the $12.99 shad.  Ms OC and I went to the Lobster House in Cape May for lunch yesterday. They had buy 1 get 1 free seafood combination for $12.  While we were there I checked the fish market.  Shad =$7.95 lb.  Shad roe =&7.95 a set.  Had it for dinner last night.  Spring is here!
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