Packaged shad for blue catfish

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by south_va_fisherman, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. south_va_fisherman

    south_va_fisherman New Member

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    how can i make them a little more appealing to blues? thanks
     
  2. tufffish

    tufffish New Member

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    salt them with pickling salt will help some. they are gonna get a little soft no matter what you do. fresh is always the 1st choice but when you have no fresh it is better to have frozen than none.
     

  3. jbarnes17

    jbarnes17 New Member

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    I never liked packaged shad or even frozen shad for that matter. Fresh shad always works best for me. but if you have to use packaged shad I heard that sprinkling garlic on them works.
     
  4. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    Packaged shad!!!! Don't waste your money on them. They will only catch fishermen, not fish!!!!
     
  5. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    fresh are always best but some people dont know any better so they spend their money on packaged , get yourself a cast net and learn to use it
     
  6. south_va_fisherman

    south_va_fisherman New Member

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    i got a cast net and can use it, i just cant use it easily where im going. its the warm water canal in a nuclear power plant.
     
  7. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    Then your best bet would be to catch some somewhere else and take them with you. Those packaged shad have been dehydrarated and have no scent left in them to attract fish.
     
  8. psychomekanik

    psychomekanik New Member

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    i always take shad with me when i go out of town fishing. i net them and they immediately go on ice. when i get to shore they get rinsed off (ammonia) and go into bags, and back on ice. to get frozen as soon as i get home. i never put my shad in water trying to keep them alive. unless i'm somewhere it's convienant to hang a big bait bucket over the side of the boat. they die in minutes in a livewell or bucket. dont ever buy the putred mess they sell at walmart and bait stores labeled as shad. it looks like the shad died from a disease or something, washing ashore before being collected for sale..ick, man..
     
  9. cumberlandcat

    cumberlandcat Active Member

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    I saw those a wally world the other day and they were like 3-5 bucks for like 6 or 7 shad, I couldn't believe it. One good throw could make me like 1000 bucks. Easy. I say get a good net and learn how to use it it will pay off or try going to a little creek and catching some gills or shiners.
     
  10. jlingle

    jlingle New Member

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    I've tried the packaged shad before. They SUCK. I used them in some good spots, and never got a single bite. Fresh shad will outfish them 1000-0 in my experience. Never a single bite on them, can't emphasize that enough. The places where I was fishing them have good cats of all sizes, and nothing even touched them.

    I agree, they catch only fishermen. Did I mention they suck?
     
  11. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    There you have it, the jury has spoken, and I ditto. Packaged shad from the store are TOTALLY useless. Might as well use a piece of leather from your shoe. I haven't found much that a catfish won't eat except for these. I've tried these and never got a single bite. Complete waste of time, and money. JMHO.
     
  12. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I have try Packaged Shad, and they dont work. They just get ur money.
     
  13. fishallday927

    fishallday927 New Member

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    aggreed i had a live gill on one pole and those ''shad'' things on another one at the same time and didnt get any bites