Shad as catfish bait

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by Cody M, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. Cody M

    Cody M New Member

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    Hey guys, new here

    Have read alot about using shad for channels and i am wondering where i can get some...

    Do i have to catch it and if so how or can i buy it somewhere???

    Thanks
    Cody
     
  2. daniel-delarosa

    daniel-delarosa New Member

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    I catch mine with a throw net. they are hard to keep alive though. you can buy packaged shad at walmart, I have never tried those though
     

  3. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    welcome to the boc cody , you might check yer area on here and see if any one gets shad near you and ask them how they do it , here in kentucky we use a castnet
     
  4. blkhawkdwn

    blkhawkdwn New Member

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    welcome aboard Cody. a lot of us use Cast net of shad baskets to get shad. I use a castnet with a 5ft Radius also have one with a 4'ft radius. both are great for shad. most of the time i use the gut pocket from the shad
     
  5. jbarnes17

    jbarnes17 New Member

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    We use cast nets also here in Oklahoma. I'm not familiar with your neck of the woods so I would ask some local fishermen where they can be found. I have used the packaged shad from wal-mart but it didn't work for me. fresh is the best way to go.
     
  6. river_rat_42

    river_rat_42 New Member

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    I catch mine with a cast net...... HHHAAAAAA, YEAH RIGHT!!!! I pull up an empty cast net every time. LOL! But seriously, yeah, cast nets are the way to go, the hard part for me is findin' em'. But, when you do find em' the cast net will be what you want. Hey, Skipjack is also a great bait and you can catch them on either sabiki rigs or little white grubs. If you're trying for skippies I'd try around any dams near where you fish. But my luck has been crap when it comes to finding bait so listen to these other guys before you listen to me. :wink:
     
  7. jbarnes17

    jbarnes17 New Member

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    I find them here at Wal-mart. they carry anywhere from 3 to 6 footers.
     
  8. Mr.T

    Mr.T New Member

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    In Wisconsin?

    I wouldn't bet there are many shad up that way - more likely to find chubs and other "northern" bait fish. A chunk of chub ought to do just about as well as a chunk of shad, especially if they are the local forage base.
     
  9. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Shad makes good cat bait.
     
  10. THRowSOmeStink

    THRowSOmeStink New Member

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    I use a 5ft throw net to catch mine. Like everyone has said talk to your local people and see what they would use.
     
  11. rudepossum

    rudepossum Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Cody.
     
  12. THRowSOmeStink

    THRowSOmeStink New Member

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    welcome to the boc cody
     
  13. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    First welcome to the BOC.2nd talk to the locol fisherman and see what they use for bait. 3rd save your money and don't buy the shad from WalMart.better off using the stink bait than buying that shad.Chicken liver is also good for Channels.Best of luck what ever you use.