SHAD FOR BAIT?

Discussion in 'ARIZONA LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by shadman65, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. shadman65

    shadman65 New Member

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    Does anyone having any success on keeping shad alive for more than an hour or two when you don't have a live well. After netting a few hundred I usually partially dry the shad in the Arizona sun, on both sides, and then freeze them. Works sometimes better than others. Often get mushy and don't last very long. I may not dry them enough. Anyone using a special drying technique? I have heard that dusting the shad with borax before drying in the sun works but I have not tried the process.
     
  2. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    I have the most luck with putting them on ice right away and then vaccum sealing for the freezer. Its also very nice because you can estimate how many you will use on each trip and put that many in a bag. For me its 30 shad per bag.
     

  3. shadman65

    shadman65 New Member

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    I assume your temps get high where you fish so how long will your frozen shad last you in your icechest before getting too mushy? I get maybe an hour or two.
     
  4. Blue709995

    Blue709995 New Member

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    I use frozen shad all the time. I usually put twenty in a long sandwich zip lock bag flat in the freezer so I don't have to dry them. They will do well in the freezer if they are not clumped together and there is no water in the bag. I split a block of Ice and put one half of the block in the bottom of a small well insulated cooler, put a few bags of shad on the block then put the other half of the block on top (krystal cube ice works well if you cant get blocks) Only open the cooler when getting shad. Keep it in the shade and it lasts all day.


    But once they have been taken out of the freezer if you put them back in the freezer after a trip if you have some leftover they will be very mushy if used again.


    If we can net live shad we use a live well made out of the bottom quarter of a 55 gallon plastic drum that is hooked to a cheep live well pump hat I clamp to a small lawn mower batter. The tank has an over flow allow the water to constantly circulate. Works well on land or in a boat. Some shad will die quick but if you keep the pump running some will stay alive as long as your battery lasts!


    If you put some additive in the water (stuff usually for putting in live wells for bass) and some ice you get much better results.


    Hope this helps a little. I have caught nearly all species on these frozen shad (Large Mouth, Stripers, White bass, Channels, Green Eared Sunfish, and even some carp lol)
     
  5. Orlando

    Orlando New Member

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    kansas
    I use a very small Playmate cooler, fill it about 2/3 full of water and put the whole thing in the freezer. Then throw my bait in it when I am going fishing. It stays very cold and will have ice in it all day. I also wet down a white bath towel and drape it over the cooler. When it starts to dry out, I dunk it in the lake again. This helps a lot!