Trawl Nets for Shad

Discussion in 'Shad Talk' started by Creek6, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. Creek6

    Creek6 New Member

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    Anyone using a trawl net for catching shad for bait? If so, how do they work and are there tips for success.
     
  2. primitivefrn

    primitivefrn Member

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    Joel they don't seem to work that well. if you can catch shad with them you can catch shad faster, with a cast net.
    played with one for a while and finaly gave it up.
    maybe someone that has sucess with one will jump in, with inpute.,
    my part their not worth the trouble or money.
    Jim
     

  3. Dirtdobber

    Dirtdobber Guest Staff Member

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    I agree. I had one and never could get it to work well enough to make it worth while. I converted mine into a basket to use off the wall at the dam. Works good for shad that way. I saved over half the net so I will have a replacement net when this one wears out.
     
  4. efrith

    efrith New Member

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    I got one and had a time with it until I learned how it works.
    I have caught shad and skipjack in it once I figured it out you have to run it out about 75ft. behind the boat and run around 5mph. in a large circle.
    I added some weight to the rope about 20ft in front of the trawl to get it down deeper. The only thing I could tell you that would really help is to make sure you make a lot of passes after finding the bait.
    It was really hard to use in the beginning but after using it for a while I can catch shad especially when they are deep.
    I use a cast net most of the time though it is easier.