What is the smallest shad worth freezing?

Discussion in 'Shad Talk' started by kitsinni, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. kitsinni

    kitsinni New Member

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    Last time I was out catching shad I caught a ton that were in the 2-3" range, just a little bigger than a minnow. Are these worth freezing and using later for channels? They seem to work great same day.
     
  2. dennis boehm

    dennis boehm Member

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    niko, it would be worth your time to freeze shad that small, only problem would be to determine how many to freeze in one bag. you never know how many you need at one time and if you don,t use them they wont be any good the next time, plus frozen is better than no bait at times.
     

  3. Dirtdobber

    Dirtdobber Guest Staff Member

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    When I get shad I keep all I catch. I freeze different sizes in the same bag. Sometimes the cats will bite on a smaller bait, sometime a larger bait. You can always use the bigger ones for cut bait.
     
  4. 1mickymoo

    1mickymoo New Member

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    I prefer bigger shad but I keep em all too, usually by february I am out and deperate for bait.
     
  5. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    I agree, I do the same thing:wink:
     
  6. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    I like the bigger ones for freezin myself.
    Take the small ones and grind them up and use them as an attractant.:wink::smile2:
     
  7. davefish1980

    davefish1980 New Member

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    I save it all. it's no fun to run out.
     
  8. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    I am trying this year to add salt to the little threadfins I read on
    a BOC thread that it keeps them from being mushie when they
    thaw.
     
  9. Mike81

    Mike81 Well-Known Member

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    I keep em all, separated by size. I have them frozen from 3" to 17". What I do is put them in a vacuum seal bag in a single layer, not piled up. Then don't vacuum seal them yet, lay the bags flat in the freezer until they get firm and start to freeze. Then vacuum seal them. When you get a pack out to thaw for fishing, cut a corner off the bag.