Are any of these skipjack ?

Discussion in 'Shad Talk' started by Drawout, May 1, 2007.

  1. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    Caught these in cast net and they look different then most shad i catch the big ones are they skips ? I know one of them is a small carp/buffalo and their are a few perch.
     

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  2. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    Nope.

    Most of those are gizzard shad.

    You say they are different from most shad you catch. Are most of your shad threadfin shad maybe? Doesn't matter much, they are all good bait.
     

  3. billcatfish

    billcatfish New Member

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    id have to say they all look like shad tp me some nice looking big shad at that
     
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  5. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    Thanks guys i guess when they get bigger their scales are more distinguished and that throws me off .
     
  6. StuBone278

    StuBone278 New Member

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    Look at their noses....Gizzards will always have rounded noses while I don't believe the skipjacks do. I'm not sure if there are any skipjack where I cast net. I mostly catch gizzards/mullet but have great success with the gizzards so I'm not complaining. :)
     
  7. EricM

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    Skipjack herring look just like a tarpon and have a protruding lower jaw. Those are all shad and will make GREAT bait!:eek:oooh: :eek:oooh: :eek:oooh:
     
  8. wolfman

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    could be mooneyes or goldeyes, its hard to tell
     
  9. onlyriverfish

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    Nice looking bait size for sure!

    Johnny, howd they get so "scaled"?:confused2:

    Wolfman said it right-mooneye look like goldeye but mooney has silvery eyes,more pointed anal fin (and begins farther behind dorsal fin) and dorsal fin has 11-12 rays instead of goldeyes 9-10 rays.


    Here is a pic of glodeye and skipjack side by side.
    http://www.catfish1.com/gallery/files/8167-skipandgoldeye.jpg
     
  10. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    Not sure what you are asking , I just mean their scales are more noticable when they are big shad. So should i stock up and freeze some of these while they are plentiful ?
     
  11. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    john freeze some for an emergency.keep using fresh shad and every 2 weeks put fresh shad in the freezer.keep your bait as fresh as possible.johnnie
     
  12. xringer3

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    In one picture there looked like there was one bluegill and one small carp of some kind along with the shad. No skippies in the pics
     
  13. EricM

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    Save 'em! They are very good catfish bait! Got them, skipjack and suckers in the freezer.
     
  14. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    ps john that small carp is good bait also and it keeps better than shad.johnnie
     
  15. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    Thats good to know cause i was catching lots of them small carp also.Ill save more tommorow.
     
  16. StuBone278

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    Ok, so now that I've seen the picture of the skipjack, its got me wondering also. I fish a coastal river, so occasionally I see needle-nosed gar (the saltwater ones, not longnose!) and we get a lot of mullet. I have also caught baby sand trout in the cast net and now, what I thought was a baby ladyfish. I'm starting to wonder whether this was really a baby ladyfish or a skipjack.

    Here's a picture, sorry its a little fuzzy.
     

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  17. slimepig

    slimepig New Member

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    ok, ive put this off long enough lol.
    are there fresh and saltwater skipjack? i used to catch skipjack in the saltwater bays. Dont have any idea if theres any where i fish now(250 miles inland in texas). a couple years ago i caught some that at first i thought was some huge minnows on a lil piece of worm. they were about 6 inches long and looked just like a tarpon. figured they were shad.
     
  18. jtrew

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    Stu, that's definitely a ladyfish, not a skipjack. But a very bloody fish that makes a good shark bait, so should make a good catfish bait.

    Daniel, yes, there are saltwater skipjack, and they get much larger than the freshwater skippies. There's even a type of boat around Chesapeake Bay called a skipjack after the saltwater skipjack.

    While some folks seem to have had some success freezing shad, I haven't. It turns red & mushy, and just doesn't seem to attract blues at all, and channels much less than fresh shad. Skipjack & carp will freeze much better.
     
  19. CJ21

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    Those would make some good cut bait. They looks like Shad and Skipjacks.
     
  20. StuBone278

    StuBone278 New Member

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    Cool, that baby ladyfish was cast-netted 63 miles (by river) inland!