I was out late yesterday evening and I spotted what appeared to be a school of shad in shallow water. I have been wanting to try my hand at making my own bait so I dug out my throw net and caught enough 2" threadfin shad to fill up a quart size ziplock bag. I had already gathered cat tails a while back so I had them at home. I iced down the shad and today when I got off work I went to HEB and bought two pounds of fine grated sharp cheddar cheese and one pound of lard. I ran the shad through a meat grinder and mixed everything together. I don't really know how much cat tails I put in there but it wa a lot. I also added some dry flour and oatmeal to the bait to stiffen it up. All that made about a gallon of bait. I'm going to let it set for awhile and age then try it out. Has anybody else tried this and doed anybody have any suggestions?