Locating shad

Discussion in 'LOCAL TEXAS TALK' started by Wac M Trac M, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. Wac M Trac M

    Wac M Trac M New Member

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    I attemped to fish this evening. Went to Lake Travis and tried to catch shad with my cast net. The lake is so low that the coves are not really coves any more (shallow). Couldn't catch shad anywhere. I used some cut carp and live perch with no luck. Headed home eary. This is the first time I've ever been skunked on that lake. Seems to me that catching shad is the real challange in catfishing this lake. Once shad are caught the easy part begins and so does the fun.
    SO,

    When it's scorching hot is there a pattern to locating shad to net them?
     
  2. cathog

    cathog New Member

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    In the really hot weather it is really hard to locate shad sometimes. You would be better off catching them in their normal haunts at first light or a little before. Sometimes when it is really hot out I have luck catching shad around the concrete under bridges, but you have to be careful because these places are really hard on your cast net. Hope this helps some.
     

  3. cavereric

    cavereric New Member

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    Hey Frank try the 360 bridge its's just up the road from work.
     
  4. recordbreakin1

    recordbreakin1 New Member

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    I agree with Gary catch them at night around the lights.
     
  5. edward361

    edward361 New Member

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    yes at night or early morning around lights
     
  6. LazyBum

    LazyBum New Member

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    Really? I haven't been skunked with perch before. Can't remember if I have with carp or drum. I have a 30 gallon fish aquarium and have a few live perch in it. Don't see much good in having angle fish and stuff in there or gold fish when I can have perch. No kids at home, so perch is good!

    I have never seen a big ol flat head refuse a perch.
     
  7. Lga043

    Lga043 New Member

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    If you catch some perch use them as cut bait, I have caught some really good fish on perch heads!!!
     
  8. LazyBum

    LazyBum New Member

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    yeah, I have too. They work well... I have cut the bodies in 1/2 long ways and used them in my crawdad trap, that works well too