Using Shad....

Discussion in 'Shad Talk' started by Dirtman, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. Dirtman

    Dirtman New Member

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    I'm looking for tips for fishing with side. I brought some shad sides and not sure how to fish with it.I tried using big cut pieces then tried a small piece and nothing,not a hit.. So is shad sides bad or is there some kind of way to fish it?
     
  2. Flamekeeper

    Flamekeeper New Member

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    Heads with gut pockets hooked thru the eyes or nose

    or just weave whole on the hook.

    or you can fillet up both side to the head and remove the bones leaveing the head and 2 sides still intack hook thru the eyes or nose.:wink:
     

  3. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    Welcomed to the BoC Bret. If you are talking about the jarred shad sides I dont think there is anything you can do to make them bite it.:embarassed:
    If you can catch your own fresh or catch your own and freeze them I think you will be way better off.
    Just my opinion. Good Luck.
     
  4. kitsinni

    kitsinni New Member

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    I'm not sure about any type of pre-packaged shad sides I have never used anything like that. I catch my own all the time and sometimes they want a side filet, sometimes they will only eat heads, sometimes they want the gut pocket or the whole thing, sometimes they will eat anything. They seem to be some picky SOBs!
     
  5. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    Honest, Bret, them pickled shad sides rarely work well. If you can't
    use a net to find baitfish, just take out some spade dug earthworms
    from your backyard under a small bobber on a long shank No. 8 or 10
    Aberdeen hook and catch some sunfish. The front half of the fish is
    the better part, just like the other guys said about the shad. The
    head with some of the innards still attached will get some attention
    from the catfish better than pickled shad sides. Those are for folks
    that really don't want to go to the trouble to get fresh bait.

    Of course, fresh or frozen shad cut much the same way as above
    will often be hit quicker than the sunfish. Depends on what day it
    is, I guess. Or is it you have to hold your tongue jes' right?
     
  6. Dirtman

    Dirtman New Member

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    Ok,

    I try something else and if no luck i just stick with using secret 7.I have no problems using dip bait/dough ball bait.I brought a jar of frozen shad sides at a local bait shop(not that wally world stuff)and no matter how big i cut the size of meat i did not get anything.:sad2: I try some of the shad guts,I doubt i have any luck but i try it just for heck of it.