Can any chowhound enlighten me? I've eaten a delicious fish twice in France - once in a restaurant (not a grand one), and once at a family table. It is seasonal, only found in early Spring, when it makes its way up the estuaries of the Dordogne and Gironde. It is large (salmon-sized), silvery, with a texture and taste somewhere between a salmon and a sardine, both delicate and flavourful. When prepared at home, it was stuffed with sorrel, to draw down the little bones it is afflicted with. I've never had the luck to come upon it again in the past few years.
Is it the same thing as a shad (which I 've never tasted but believe is also migratory up the Chesapeake Bay)? Has anyone else h