Shad oil and shad

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by Rookie12, Apr 11, 2007.

  1. Rookie12

    Rookie12 New Member

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    I got to go catch some shad tomorrow for a trip this weekend and was wonderinga bout something. If I take the shad and put them in a plastic bag with some shad oil, actually it's menhaden oil. Never tried it but I think it will work to help draw in fish. Has anyone tried it and does it work or am I just wasting my time?
     
  2. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    I've heard of putting in cooking oil when freezing shad to help keep them from turning mushy. It's gotta add some scent, so give it a try. Remember, a REAL catfisherman will try ANYTHING for bait at least once!
     

  3. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Menhaden oil is a good attractant. It works for catfish and it has been use by fur trappers to bait traps. I don't see where you could go wrong. I've mixed it in some old stinkbait before and it came alive.:big_smile:
     
  4. xringer3

    xringer3 New Member

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    Were do you get the menhaden oil?
     
  5. Abu65

    Abu65 Member

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    You can get it at Catfish Connection
     
  6. Wyocatman

    Wyocatman New Member

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    What about some vanilla extract or some canola oil loaded with garlic. I kinda think that adding a different scent is defeating the purpose. I would want my shad to smell like shad. Would vaccuum sealing them help? I have 50 4 to 7 in shad in my freezer left over from this morning. Just put them 7-8 to a freezer bag. Any idea how long they'll keep without freezerburning? Would it be better to cut them up first?

    More questions than anwsers. Just need some opinions from my brothers

    Fish hard, Dru
     
  7. Wyocatman

    Wyocatman New Member

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    Another quirky thought. What about spraying them with a store bought fish attractant like shad or catfish from Wallie world? If all else fails, try some Pam!:roll_eyes: :roll_eyes:

    Dru
     
  8. DemolitionMan

    DemolitionMan New Member

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    I would think the best thing to do is to use one scent at a time to determine which would be best....I use alot of crawfish oil...Just about every fish has experienced the taste of crawfish....DemoMan
     
  9. kat in the hat

    kat in the hat New Member

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    Yes, vaccuum sealing them works really well.
     
  10. Rookie12

    Rookie12 New Member

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    I wouldn't put more than about a dozen or so in a bag to keep or freeze, if you load down a bag with 'em, they will get mushy becasue all that slime sets on 'em and softens 'em up. I learned that this weekend. ruined 3 dozen threadfins. And I figure that cats around here ain't never sniffed a menhaden, so they might like it. them cats as Santee like 'em when they come up through the locks. I know that for a fact!