catfishing with shad

Discussion in 'LOCAL ILLINOIS TALK' started by catfisherman369, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    I was trying some cut shad a few days ago and used the middle section with the guts in it . i kept getting quick bites and then nothing . after 10 minutes of so i would reel in the bait and noticed the catfish was getting the guts out of the cut shad . so i then decided to experiment with shad using whole , cut , heads , guts , tail , and whole just scaled , and whole scaled with about 3 to 4 cuts in the sides . after about 5 hours just fishing on bottom it seemed the channels wanted the guts or small pieces about 1 inch x 3 inch . the flat heads seem to like the whole shad scaled with cuts in the side kept 12 of the 27 we caught smallest being 6 pounds and i would have pictures if i hadnt had my camera go swimming in coffeen lake last saturday :angry:. im sure other lakes are different and i have never seen a blue come from the lake i was fishing i hear the blues like the heads . im headed to the kaskaskia this weekend to see what the different baits do there . i usually use sonnys blood and it produces but hardly ever over 10 pounds so im trying to figure out the shad as bait thing any suggestions would be valuable .
     
  2. fishnfwl

    fishnfwl New Member

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    Shad gut is one of the best baits going, if you cut the gut pocket around you will find that you can put the hook directly into the bite..... :wink: I like to cut them leaving just a little meat all around the gut, then slip the hook into the guts them self.
     

  3. big-muddy

    big-muddy New Member

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    i usually use the whole shad or just the head.
     
  4. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    I am a huge fan of the middle of shad cut. The guts are what I caught all my pbs on.
     
  5. psychomekanik

    psychomekanik New Member

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    Again sewing thread comes to the rescue. when i use a shad gut pocket, I wrap a few turns of sewing thread around it, and tie it off so they can't suck the guts out of it...
     
  6. big-muddy

    big-muddy New Member

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    good one. ive never thought of that before.
     
  7. BIGCAT GarryEads

    BIGCAT GarryEads Head Cheese of the USCA!

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    Go to wally mart and get some pony tail rubber bands ,you can get 100-150 of then for $2.00 . And wrap one of them on the gut pocket ,It works great.
     
  8. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Great idea Gary. I had never thought of that. Cheap and simple. Thanks.