Will catfish eat shad

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by reelking92, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. reelking92

    reelking92 New Member

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    will catfish eat shad even if they aren't native to the body of water i fish?
     
  2. dougc

    dougc Active Member

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    Stinkbait's not natural to the area you fish, so why wouldnt shad work?
     

  3. FS Driver

    FS Driver New Member

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    not being smart alec or nothing but theres only one sure way to find out !
    i think they would eat any smaller fish like the shad or sunfish i know they eat goldfish and minnows .
    sure wont hurt to try.
     
  4. kingdawes

    kingdawes New Member

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    I have caught catfish on blue gill that I have harvested out of other waters. I don't think they seem to mind.
    There is the slight possibility that the bait will not live long if you get it out of different waters. From shock of temperature change so on and so fourth. But as long as they're swimming the lunch, Heck even if they check out early they're still lunch in most cases
     
  5. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    simply stated, yes.
     
  6. Dadoftwo

    Dadoftwo New Member

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    I have never fished waters around my area that shad is not native but I would imagine that shad would be productive anywhere. Afterall, they are slimy, oily, and stink. What better bait for catfish.:wink:
     
  7. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    A buddy of mine has a pond that the kids come up and fish and they use all kinds of bait. The other day they were up there so i brought him some old shad that i had in the freezer. he gave some to the kids and they started catching channel cat left and right. So yes they will hit them anywhere.
     
  8. Mike81

    Mike81 Well-Known Member

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    Does a bear $#!& in the woods?, yep...they like it...:wink:
     
  9. alands94

    alands94 Active Member

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    You bet! I don't think the cats will mind a bit.
     
  10. yeppa

    yeppa New Member

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    Shad are the BIG MAC of the fish world. (IMHO)
     
  11. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    They will only eat them if they are feeding and maybe...Just maybe one will eat one that you have on a hook, LOL!!! Who knows, anything is possible:wink:, LMAO!!!
     
  12. Coloman

    Coloman New Member

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    Around here we call shad " catfish candy"!
     
  13. River Hobo

    River Hobo New Member

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    You've obviously never seen where I use to fish as a kid. :smile2:
     
  14. steveo79

    steveo79 New Member

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    You guys are lucky...here in California, we mostly can use dead ocean fish. Frozen shad, too, and live minnows.
     
  15. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    when i was in texas working i brought mullet back to arkansas and cought cats on them including flatheads.
     
  16. dougc

    dougc Active Member

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    If you fish the Missouri River close to the city, you'll smell some things that will make you wonder...
     
  17. Bigbaldcountryboy

    Bigbaldcountryboy New Member

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    I've used smelt with great success in the south and they are a northern bait fish. So my answer is a definate yes.
     
  18. bumper

    bumper New Member

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    No doubt about it, catfish will eat shad(native or not). I think most catfish will eat anything that smells good to them that will fit in their mouth
     
  19. CatFishingFinatic

    CatFishingFinatic New Member

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    Cats slay the shad in Iowa.
     
  20. dust777man

    dust777man New Member

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    They will eat the shad no matter if they are native to the lake you are fishing. Good luck.