Finding shad

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by riddleofsteel, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. riddleofsteel

    riddleofsteel New Member

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    One of my home lakes has a HUGE airation system. This makes catching shad so easy that a monkey with a cast net could do it.. We float in the bubbles and just throw the net in. We often net 1/4 to 1/2 pound or so of gizzard shad with every throw.

    My question is....on lakes with no such system I have had zero luck netting shad for bait. What techniques do you guys use. How do you locate these fish without an attraction that holds them in a certain area?

    Thanks
     
  2. bluesbrother

    bluesbrother New Member

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    actually you need no atractent just a good location i use the side iv the bridge its concret shid pile up there ,,,,good luck
     

  3. chrisblue

    chrisblue New Member

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    Settin out lights at night is one of the most dependable ways.If you dont have time for that usually back at the back of feeder creeks is a good location for em.Shallower the better, if its to deep they will run out from under your net in the daytime.
     
  4. rcneman

    rcneman New Member

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    does the lake have coves or bays? I know when i go to one of my favorite lakes, i can usually find shad as the sun sets in the mouth or on up in the bay or cove.

    cyas
    rc
     
  5. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    I have been lucky with shad on Jordan and have only had a few instances where I could not get any when I tried. There have been a few times though. Now bank fishing i still have a place where shad are available without baiting the hole.
     
  6. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Bridge columns always seem to be a universal bait attractor.
     
  7. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    I always find them where there isn't much current.