Shad on sonar?

Discussion in 'Shad Talk' started by mofisher, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. mofisher

    mofisher Member

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    I've been using a cast net to catch shad for years, but only when they're on the surface. A lot of people claim to find them with their fish finders and cast out over them that way? What does a school of shad look like on a fish finder? What depth do them generally suspend at? BOC has been amazing, I appreciate all the help. Thanks
     
  2. bodi

    bodi New Member

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    when i go get shad in the lake or in deep water i see a dark spot on the radar and the kill the engine and slowly creep up then i throw the cast net and pull in some shad. What part of Missouri do you live in?
     

  3. GETHOOKED

    GETHOOKED New Member

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    school of shad can look like a ball with rough edges, or a big arch with solid top but rough irregular edges and bottom. Usually it is just a ball or mass that sits inbetween the top and bottom. If you cant identify it, and it has a shape it usually is a school of shad
     
  4. txcats

    txcats New Member

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    This time of year the shad look like large suspended masses on the depth finder. In the lake I am fishing in they are found at different depths depending on the time of day.

    Last week in one cast of the net we caught 125 shad averaging 3-4 inches. That was with a 7 foot net. Wish I could do that all the time.

    Good luck in catching the little buggers.
     
  5. txcats

    txcats New Member

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  6. fishinjunky

    fishinjunky Member

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    Pete is that a humminbird 383c gps depth combo? looks just like mine.
     
  7. mwallace61

    mwallace61 New Member

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    Pete,

    If you were cast netting that school, where would cast. In other words, assuming that your transducer is on the back of your boat, where are those fish in relation to the bow of your boat? I have some understanding of the "cone" from the fish finder, but not a good enough understanding. :)

    Mike

     
  8. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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    Its the 987c-Si

    They would have been right under the boat at the back. As that is where the transducer is. And also the GPS As I had them marked with a waypoint and then went back over them.

    PEte
     
  9. mofisher

    mofisher Member

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    I'm from around Washington area, but I work up in St. Charles so I get to fish both areas. As for the shad I think I may need to invest in a better fishfinder. I really appreciate all the help. Thanks
     
  10. onlyriverfish

    onlyriverfish Member

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    Yeah well are they left or right side of boat:big_smile: ......Oh yeah, you just look at the side image scan and figure that one out:cool2:. Well if ya had that quad xducer it would mark left or right side in sonar mode.
     
  11. FLOAT TRIP WILLIE

    FLOAT TRIP WILLIE Active Member

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    thats some great info gang, I have a question. what is a good depth finder to have and where can i get it for a reasonable price:embarassed:
     
  12. Jammer

    Jammer New Member

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    I'm with you Willie, I can't see paying more for a fish finder than I did for my boat!
     
  13. flatheadhunterx

    flatheadhunterx Active Member

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    I just look for a cloud in the water unless the whole unit goes dark from a huge area of bait fish but have only seen that in the winter when they really bunch up.
     
  14. TX Fisherman

    TX Fisherman New Member

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    woah over 100 shad, when you say 7ft cast net do you mean radius or diameter
     
  15. bigblaze

    bigblaze New Member

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    photo compliments of greggofish....

    this is one of the advantages of a high end fish finder...although i think this many shad would show up on any fish finder....

    and yes trust me those are all threadfins....when you hit that school with your cast net ...you have 100's of shad in one throw...it does take sometime to find them though....but once you do they will sometimes black out the screen of the sonar unit...

    and it takes 2 people to get the net in the boat....

    enjoy...


    http://www.greggofish.com/P4270001.JPG
     
  16. Grimpuppy

    Grimpuppy New Member

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    Holy cow, that is a lot of shad!