I've just got into catching my own shad but I can usually catch a lot of big drum. Does anybody fish'em live or cut up? I went down to the Muskingum last night with Shad for the first time. They got beat up for the most part. I got 1 channel 2 misses and 2 tied me up on something. I hate cutting line.:angry: I know shad don't live long. But does it matter if they are dead in the water for let's say an hour or two. And then I cut'em up. The coon was my fishing buddy for the evening.