Packaged shad - Do they work for anyone?

Discussion in 'Fishing Bait Review' started by Chief, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. Chief

    Chief New Member

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    i bought a package of these little dead shad and was wondering if anyone has caught anything with them. i cant say who makes them but it starts with an R
     
  2. RiverKing

    RiverKing Active Member

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    My brother-in-law, uses all that store bait, and he never does much good..dont know if he has ever caught a fish...LOL...youd be better off investing 15 bucks in a cast net and catch your own shad, that way you can use the alive or chunked up
     

  3. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    I was at the grocery store the other day and noticed they had fresh whole shad in the fish dept for like $2.0 bucks a pound so I grabbed some for my next trip. I had to vacuum pack it and freeze it.
     
  4. treddinwater

    treddinwater Active Member

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    I've gotten those shad on 2 occasions and both times with no luck. No luck and probably the worse smelling bait I've ever had, is no fun. I almost passed out when i opened the bag.
     
  5. Chief

    Chief New Member

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    you would think that if it smelled so awful a channel cat would eat it..maybe too awful...lol
     
  6. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    :sad: I've tierd them with no luck. waste of hard earned money. better off going to creek and catching minnows probably have better luck.
     
  7. frostycold1

    frostycold1 New Member

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    tried 'em . didn't catch a thing.
     
  8. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    I know a lot of people who has tried it......no good
     
  9. Mid-MO fisherman

    Mid-MO fisherman New Member

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  10. trnsmsn

    trnsmsn New Member

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    I've Tried Them Before, Even The Ones In Anise Oil But Never Caught A Thing. I Don't Think The Gar Will Eat Them :cool: Elliot
     
  11. kccats

    kccats New Member

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    Shad is way to abundant to buy them like that.
    Cast nets are fairly cheep and you can freeze them when they are in supper abundance for when they are harder to come by.
     
  12. ersel

    ersel New Member

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    No good for me the fresher the better
     
  13. bro_catfish

    bro_catfish New Member

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    My brother in law has caught a few late summer channels with it but you can always tell when hes been using them cause the smell lol
     
  14. Quackcephus

    Quackcephus New Member

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    I believe they catch more fisherman than they catch fish :thumbdown
     
  15. dex

    dex Member

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    I have used them, but have never caught anything on them
     
  16. Mpayne

    Mpayne New Member

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    I threw them away after using them just one time. Sounds like a good idea,
    the problem is, they don't impress the fish at all.

    Save your money..........
     
  17. Tinboat

    Tinboat New Member

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    This question gets asked about once a year on here.Most have said they haven't caught fish with them..A seagull won't eat them, so that should answer your question.

    Save your $ for night crawlers or livers if you can't catch fresh bait.
     
  18. douglas_413

    douglas_413 New Member

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    I bought some last year and still have a few. They didn't work for me either. By the way the brand is Rusty's Baby Shad. I think Rusty doesn't have a clue. HAHA!
     
  19. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    I would unhesitatingly say they do work... for the company which manufactures them and the store which retails them... but not for the fish.
     
  20. Tulcat

    Tulcat New Member

    Paul had a post on the original BOC about this type of bait in general, and not any specific brand.

    Anyway, basically what the dried shad is is a leftover product after the extraction of the shad oil, the real attractant. Shad oil is a great attractant and is present in many dip and punch baits, and after you extraxt the oil you are left with a shriveled, dried up shad body that has little left to attract the fish. But on the upside for the retailer, it still looks like a shad and is mostly preserved and ready to sell to the unsuspecting fisherman.