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I know the freshly caught shad is gonna work better but do you see a huge difference when using frozen. I have a place where I can get Gizzard shads with my castnet but its not on the way to the Wabash. Therefore its easier for me to run out there during the week and get a few to freeze. If I can get out this weekend I am gonna give the frozen shad a try. They have to be better then the cut silvers I used last week.
 

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Fresh shad is always better than frozen. Purchase some Dead Red Blood Spray from Team Catfish and add to fresh or frozen bait. It will make a difference in your catch.
 

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I have never used frozen shad, but if you get them during the week you could probably put them in a ziplock on ice or in the fridge for a day or so. I have caught them and put 'em on ice over night and caught fish with them the next day. Make sure they are sealed in a bag though. That should be better than freezing them. Good luck!
 

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I never freeze them anymore. They get too mushy for my preference. I make time for netting them before I fish. Putting them in bags and on ice immediately after they die. I don't just throw them in a cooler alive. I put them in a bucket with drain holes, let them piss and puke out while dying. then rinse them and bag them after they stop breathing.
 

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A while back, Ramon told me he uses different baits on his different rods. He will have a live bream on one, and a bream head on another, and a cut shad on another, etc. So, I would suggest using different baits (fresh on one rod, frozen on another, live on one) and see how they do where you fish.
 
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