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Shad steaks are cooked in bacon grease and water until they start to fall apart. Shallots, garlic, spices, etc. are then added.

Preparing and frying the shad steaks.

Shad is cut like steaks, then drenched in flour and fried.

View from Tom Charles' boat on the Cape Fear River as you are entering Lock #1 from the east, heading west toward Fayetteville.

View from Tom Charles' boat on the Cape Fear River, near Lock and Dam #1.

Lock Master Tom Charles is part of the Army Corps of Engineers. He operates the lock for commercial and private vessels passing through to get up the river. He also leads education programs through the Bladen County schools, teaching students about…

Member of the McCulick extended family holding a long handled pan. "As the lore goes," the shad was once cooked in a pan like this over charcoal. Now the pan serves as an artifact put on display where people are cooking and dishing up food.

Earl Brown showing what raw shad roe sacs look like.

Earl Brown, an official leader and large financial supporter of Blue Monday, dishing up shad roe.

Folks at Blue Monday Shad Fry. Servers are dishing up shad roe-- sacs of fish eggs, cooked in bacon fat with shallots, onions, salt and pepper, and chicken eggs thrown in at the end, fried shad cooked by Jesse Banks-- president of the shad fry, hush…
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