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Discussion in 'Shad Talk' started by young fisher, Nov 21, 2007.
I caught a 1 pound bait shad in my net. Is that usual for them to get that big?
Here in Okla we do not get 1 pound shad, bet it made a lot of cut bait. Hope you got a biggun with the bait.
It depends on what type of Shad that swims in the water that you fish. We have caught Threadfin and Mooneye Shad, from the Ohio, as big as 3 lb. Those are the kind that you can fillet, or chunk into cut bait. Here's some more info. First, is a link to different types of Shad, second, is a pic of a 2 1/2 lb. Mooneye that I caught on a small Threadfin Shad.
okay but this was a gizzard shad so it kinda depends.
Ben, I've caught several Gizzard Shad this year over a pound. Not that uncommon but most are smaller.
Ben, here in Nc around may and june, we've cast netted cooleer fulls of that size shad. They were also gizzard shad.
We were catchin them as the went upstream .
Made great cut bait.
Hope this helps,
we caught quite a few like that on lake waco this year. Most were by the timber this summer
i only caught one that big, but i normally only target the smaller shad
I have caught a few that size. Makes a lot of cut bait.
1lb+ shad are my favorite for cut bait. they are a lot tougher when you thaw them after freezing and seem to let out more oils and blood. also, one shad that size will make over a dozen peices of bait if you are fishing for channels. shad over 1lb (did get a 2-1/2lb shad once BTW) are called "sumo's" around here. http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n277/dinkbuster1/100_1661.jpg
We seem to get them only at certain times of year. We go from getting thousands of 3/4 inch ones to hundreds of 2 inch ones to the standard 6-9 inch ones. In the fall I seem to get the "hawgs" of sorts.
the world record gizzard shad is from around where i live. its official weight was 4 pounds 12 ounces. http://www.tonydean.com/photopages/tonydean/photos/9468
American Shad make a spawning run up the St Johns river here in NE Florida in very early spring (Jan-April). Catch them on very small crappie type jigs called Shad Darts. The males fight like little tarpon They jump like crazy. Females are bigger (up to 6 or 7 pounds) but they are usually carrying eggs and are not good fighters.
Around these parts we get really big shad, 12" and up, out of the bigger rivers, and generally smaller shad from the lakes. The one in the picture is a river shad :0a26:
Shad also make for a pretty good live bait :0a5:
in the spring we go down to the red below texoma when the shad are spawning, and most are just under or just over a pound. it's the only time of the year i see them that big. these are gizzards too.
A guy i work with went out yesterday on the mississippi in his hip-waders tryin to catch gizzard shad. He goes in places where there isnt ice and its about a foot deep. He uses a big dip net with a 10 foot extension. He walks up on schools of shad and scoops them up. They go up in that shallow water because it is warmer. Him and another guy caught 1200 pounds of shad in a few hours the whole back of the truck was full. he said after three 18-packs and 6 hours later he got all of the guts out of the shad. they got three 5 gallon buckets full of shad guts. He uses them all year long and catches alot of good sized catfish. He sold one of the buckets for 200 dollars. Here in iowa they sell a pint of shad guts for 7 dollars. So catching them on your own is definitly the way to go.
In the summer here in N.C. you can throw at the edge of weed beds with a cast net and pick some up around a pound each And in warm water discharge in the winter at night with a spot light down close to the water and your big motor at idle about as slow as you can go they will actualy bump in to the boat just throw your cast net pretty fast at them .:wink:
I've got some running mullet net in the creeks down here that were 2-3lbs each. You might get 10 or 12 on a 100 yd. run. Big hogs in the tidal creeks. Now in the lakes, the biggest we ger are those 1-1 1/2lbs. fish. We use them for blue cats in the rivers, but they're not as affective as white(american) shad, which are caught when they run in the spring, which is a blast!
Here in Va those are normal size gizzards..... for the james. We have alot that will not pull through a 4" stretch on a gill net... just my 2 cents.