Ocean Herring

Discussion in 'Shad Talk' started by j12goose, May 20, 2007.

  1. j12goose

    j12goose New Member

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    Got a question about herring. Last year, I went salmon fishing in Alaska. We were trolling 6"-7" herring on downriggers. I smelled a couple of the frozen herring, and I swear, if a guy had his eyes shut, one would call it a shad. I mean they smelled just the same to me. I cut one and they were oily and seemed tougher than a shad. Question is, anyone use these for channels or blues? I know that one can order them from the internet, and it seems like they may be an alternitave when shad are hard to come by.
     
  2. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    I've heard of guys successfully using saltwater baits for freshwater catfish, so I'd give it a try if there aren't any skipjack in your area.
     

  3. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    the ocean herring might not be too much different than skipjack.
     
  4. j12goose

    j12goose New Member

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    Well, I just got to thinking. Shrimp are used with great success all of the time. I believe that a shrimp closely resembles a crawdad to a channel cat. I've never caught a blue on shrimp, so maybe the herring would be the same. Any opinions on this angle??
     
  5. jerseycat9

    jerseycat9 New Member

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    Well here is one to ponder most herring are from the sea and migrate up the rivers in spring to spawn I have kept sea run frozen bluebacks in my freezer long after they went back out to sea and they were still just as effective
     
  6. tncatfishing

    tncatfishing New Member

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    If Im not mistaken a skipjack is a fresh water herring.
     
  7. foodsaver

    foodsaver New Member

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    I am from Virginia but have ended up in tennessee. I personally can't tell the difference between the "herring" we caught on the chickahominy river and the skipjack we catch below the dams here in TN. they have the same consistency and everything so it seems to me that they may be the same fish or at least are very closely related.
     
  8. Plowboy411

    Plowboy411 New Member

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    Blue Back herring are good for Altamaha river channel cats.good shark bait too.I use to get mine by the box at lewis crab in brunswick Ga. the commercial crabbers use them for bait.
     
  9. slipbobber

    slipbobber New Member

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    we catch the blue back herring in the kanawha river here in wv with a sabiki