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Discussion in 'Shad Talk' started by douglas_413, Apr 10, 2006.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to catch shad from the bank with out a cast net?
Yep I sure do, need to know what kind of shad you're after though. But a Sabiki Rig will catch almost all type's of shad from the bank. Cast it out with a small weight on the bottom and jig while reeling. Simple as that. If you let me know what kind of shad you're targeting then I should be able to help more.
Any king of shad that I can catch on the missouri river from souix city and omaha. I have never seen a live shad so I am unsure of what species im after.
Why Not Use A Cast Net.
I've used a wire-mesh dip net in certain places to get shad, and I've occasionally foul-hooked one while casting jigs for skipjack. I've never seen one hit a lure or bait of any kind.
When they run in the lakes in the spring along the banks, I would occasionally find a large stick and just hit the water towards the bank when I didn't feel like throwing my net. Lol.
I also was trying to find this info on Skipjacks in the Missouri from Omaha to Brownville. Myself and TA2D use castnets for Shad, even though according to fish and game you can only use cast nets for shad/alewife from June through November. Here's the link to my post about Skipjack.
This time of year I snag them in the northern coves of Lake Manawa down in Council Bluffs. I just look for the lil ones jumping and cast into the general area with a 1/0 treble and some weight. These are the "sumo" shad I'm snagging, so I usually only need a couple for a nights worth of fishing. 10 minutes of snagging back in early March I had to find out from experience that once you freeze these guys they don't make to good of bait, so I'm planning on pulverizing the frozen ones I have now and makeing some chum bags.
Man, if I knew they were in Lake Manawa, I would of caught them and used them as bait. All the times I went there I used minnows and/or crawlers.
Mazdabob, do you know if you can cast net for those on Lake Manawa, or in Iowa for that matter?
Not sure about the rivers but they spawn just after the white bass in most lakes here.Another 3 weeks maybe.Just watch the edges with grass or rip-rap.Males will school up and force a female against the bank to make her release her eggs.Small mesh net on a 10 foot handle should do the job.Just wait and watch along the bank,when you see a swirl,give it a swipe.
What is a Sabiki Rig????
Here in Iowa I use a 6' cast net to get my shad, just have to return the game fish back into the water or they get mad as heck. But I love it when the shad are running.
From the Iowa DNR fishing regulations:
A valid sport fishing license is required for you to collect bait
for your own individual use. Minnow traps not exceeding 3 feet in
length may be used when the taking of minnows is allowed. Each
trap, when in use, shall have a metal tag attached plainly labeled
with the owners name and address. You can use a minnow dip net
not larger than 4 feet in diameter, a cast net not larger than 10 feet
in diameter and a minnow seine not longer than 20 feet and having
mesh not smaller than one-quarter inch bar measure. You cannot
possess live gizzard shad at any lake.
Common carp, bighead carp, silver carp (see p. 23), grass
carp, black carp, bigmouth buffalo, smallmouth buffalo, black
buffalo, quillback carpsucker, highfin carpsucker, river carpsucker,
spotted sucker, white sucker, shorthead redhorse, golden redhorse,
silver redhorse, sheepshead, shortnose gar, longnose gar, dogfish,
gizzard shad and goldfish may be taken by hand fishing, by snagging,
by spear or by bow and arrow, day or night.
A Sabiki rig usually has about 5-8 small hook's on it that look similiar to little flies or something like that. Here is a picture of one in a package.
You the man. I guess I'll probably be getting a Iowa Non-resident liscense next year.