cut shad or whole shad on bigger hooks

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by melstangman1967, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. melstangman1967

    melstangman1967 New Member

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    what do y'all do with your shad cut in half use head part then use tale end or what?
     
  2. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    If its dead, I use the head first and then the gut pocket.
    If alive, I use it like that.
     

  3. Kyle

    Kyle New Member

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    Same here, I usually prefer it to be alive..and cut the last inch or so by the tail off, leaks more oil and blood I think
     
  4. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I forgot to mention cutting off the tail or making a couple small slits in the sides to get the scent dispersed on the live ones.
     
  5. melstangman1967

    melstangman1967 New Member

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    thanks for the tip sounds good
     
  6. Junior42

    Junior42 New Member

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    Whatever they are biting on.
     
  7. Wolfdog

    Wolfdog New Member

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    It all works, as long as it is chad they will eat it.
     
  8. Dave53

    Dave53 New Member

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    last year I was catching these 2 to 3 inch shad..hooked them whole and after not getting any bites or when I'm moving I step on the shad mushing it up a little and try throwing it out again. Worked a few times last year.
     
  9. chris dornbusch

    chris dornbusch New Member

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    I prefer live butt,if dead then I needal it with the tail cut off and a leader.
     
  10. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    fresh caught goes on the hook whole. if that don't produce i will start cutting it up. the big shad get cut up right away.
     
  11. Cat4Nebraska

    Cat4Nebraska New Member

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    I have never used shad but this year will be trying store bought packaged shad. I will use them as a whole when hooking and setting lines.
     
  12. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    fresh caught :0a20:
     
  13. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    i use head and cut the meet in pieces
     
  14. SunburntAgain

    SunburntAgain New Member

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    If I can't catch skipjacks.... I like big shad, still flopping. Cut straight down behind the head about as far down as the eye, then make a diagonal cut down to the end of the anal fin. This gives you the head with gut pocket attached. I learned about this "maja cut" from a saltwater magazine about trophy striper fishing. Big blues seem to like it too.