Catching Shad

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Click on the Bass Pro logo and type in "cast nets" in the search deal at the top of Bass Pro's Keyword search and you'll see "Bass Pro ShopsŪ Bait Cast Nets". This is the type and brand net I use ... the price is cheap but the quality of the net is really good. I just purchased two 8 footers and they're a lot easier to throw than the 5 foot walmart brand net I have and I catch a lot more bait a lot faster with the Bass Pro net.

You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a throw net at Catfishing.tv . It shows how to throw the throw net and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player.

A lot of people have asked me about finding shad ... or saying they don't know what to look for when searching for shad. Usually it's not too hard to find shad if there's a healthy population in the environment you're fishing. The most evident is the tell tale flipping on top of the water ... when you see a bright flash of white and a small splash on top of the water, that's usually shad and there's most always a lot of other shad with that one that just flipped on top. Get your throw net ready to throw and when you see one flip, throw your net over where you seen the shad flip on top of the water. This is a good summer method when shad are swimming along sandy beaches or the shore. 

If you're trying to find them in rivers it's pretty easy to figure out where they are ... usually along the edge of current is a good place to throw ... like in my fishing video in the Downloads section it shows me throwing right at the end of the retainer wall at the dam and netting about 30 shad with one throw. Current breaks or eddies is also a good place ... when there's water flowing past a point sticking out on the bank or a big boulder it creates a little current break where shad will congregate behind. 

Winter shad is a little tougher and usually requires a boat and good electronics. I use a nylon net for catching winter shad cause it seems to not close up as badly or you can use duct tape on the throw net around the skirt to keep it from closing up ... you'll also need about a 50 ft hand line cause they'll be deep ... troll around watching your graph and when you see a big school of shad throw your net ... take note to where your transducer is on the boat ... best to have one mounted or a built-in transducer on your trolling motor but if your transducer is on the back of the boat you'll have to have someone back there throwing ... wait until the boat moves about 5 to 10 ft past where you seen the shad on the graph and then throw behind the boat ... if you have a trolling motor mounted transducer then reverse the trolling motor and move back about 5 to 10 ft and throw where your transducer picked up the shad. good fishing!

 

I'll also add this, the lake you're fishing may not have a lot of shad .. this can be a problem as in clear water lakes the shad are very vulnerable to hybrids, stripers, and catfish so it may be a little harder to find shad in these situations. shad seem to do a lot better in muddy and murky water like here at keystone lake in Oklahoma where it's muddy most of the year ...keystone has more shad per acre than any other lake in Oklahoma and I think it's because of that ... the stripers and hybrids in keystone didn't do very well in keystone because of the muddy water also but the shad thrived. in the summer just be sure to watch the top of the water and visually locate the shad because most of the time just throwing the net where you see nothing will produce nothing and if there's shad near the area you're trying to catch them they will be pushed out of the area by the noise of the net hitting the water ... watch the water and throw only where you see them in the spring summer and fall ... in the winter they'll be deep and you'll have to locate them with electronics. also in the late spring when they're spawning there will be a lot of shad located on wind blown sandy shores ... most of the time sandy shores on the north side of the lakes is where I find most of my late spring shad due to most of the wind being out of the south ... hope this helps
 

p.s. posted from a reply on message board Aug 12, 2005

seems like I remember using iced shad when you came down one night john ... wasn't catching anything until I went and got a fresh batch of shad and just as soon as one got set with a fresh bait we caught fish. iced down shad works okay for about two hours but after that it's not nearly as good as fresh .... we was catching fish the other night on fresh sunfish and tried some bluegill that had been iced down and it just sat there doin nuttin. I'd suggest to everyone to try iced down shad on several fishing poles and then use fresh cut from live shad on others and see which work best ... there will be a dramatic difference on most nights. iced down would be a lot easier to accomplish but I don't think the results are worth not attempting to keep the baitfish alive. I've proven that over and over again to others and myself. iced down shad looks just as pristine 4 or 5 hours after you put them on ice but it's not the looks that keep them working ... there's something about the flavor of the shad after it's been dead over 2 hours on ice and 1 hour just laying in the bottom of a bucket ... most folks allow how the fish just quit biting and I think Albert said that that night you came to the dam and I said they didn't quit biting ... our shad is just too old and when I brought some fresh shad down we started catching fish again ... no one else was but we were. I've done that no telling how many times. I think that's what most do is take iced down shad and figure the fish aren't biting when they don't catch any ... sometimes you do catch fish on iced down shad but just a few most times ... on set lines it won't matter cause eventually a catfish will come by and eat and old rotten shad but on rod n reel it's boring to wait on eventually. I'm not really trying to sell anything by getting people to go through the trouble of keeping bait alive or anything.. I don't sell live wells or items to keep bait alive ... I just try to stress emphatically what I've learned to help others with their learning curve. you can look through the photos section on this page and picture what it would have been if I didn't go through the trouble of using cut bait from live sources ... there would have been about 1/4 of the fish caught compared to what was caught. you can also just pay attention when you're fishing with iced down shad and start fishing just as soon as you ice the shad down then notice the bite slacking off after about 1.5 hours ... it's not because the fish are not biting any longer ... then after about 2 hours the bite almost quits ... you can increase this time by about 30 to 40 minutes by not letting the ice come in contact with the shad. once your bite stops go and catch more fresh shad and see if you don't start catching fish again. I noticed this in about 1996 or 1997 and that's when I started going to extreme measures to start keeping bait alive in about 1999 or 2000.

 

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You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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A lot of people have asked me about finding shad ... or saying they don't know what to look for when searching for shad. Usually it's not too hard to find shad if there's a healthy population in the environment you're fishing. The most evident is the tell tale flipping on top of the water ... when you see a bright flash of white and a small splash on top of the water, that's usually shad and there's most always a lot of other shad with that one that just flipped on top. Get your thrownet ready to throw and when you see one flip, throw your net over where you seen the shad flip on top of the water. This is a good summer method when shad are swimming along sandy beaches or the shore. 

If you're trying to find them in rivers it's pretty easy to figure out where they are ... usually along the edge of current is a good place to throw ... like in my fishin video in the Downloads section it shows me throwing right at the end of the retainer wall at the dam and netting about 30 shad with one throw. Current breaks or eddies is also a good place ... when there's water flowing past a point sticking out on the bank or a big boulder it creates a little current break where shad will congregate behind. 

Winter shad is a little tougher and usually requires a boat and good electronics. I use a nylon net for catching winter shad cause it seems to not close up as badly or you can use duct tape on the thrownet around the skirt to keep it from closing up ... you'll also need about a 50 ft handline cause they'll be deep ... troll around watching your graph and when you see a big school of shad throw your net ... take note to where your transducer is on the boat ... best to have one mounted or a built-in transducer on your trolling motor but if your transducer is on the back of the boat you'll have to have someone back there throwing ... wait until the boat moves about 5 to 10 ft past where you seen the shad on the graph and then throw behind the boat ... if you have a trolling motor mounted transducer then reverse the trolling motor and move back about 5 to 10 ft and throw where your transducer picked up the shad. good fishin!

A lot of people have asked me about finding shad ... or saying they don't know what to look for when searching for shad. Usually it's not too hard to find shad if there's a healthy population in the environment you're fishing. The most evident is the tell tale flipping on top of the water ... when you see a bright flash of white and a small splash on top of the water, that's usually shad and there's most always a lot of other shad with that one that just flipped on top. Get your thrownet ready to throw and when you see one flip, throw your net over where you seen the shad flip on top of the water. This is a good summer method when shad are swimming along sandy beaches or the shore. 

If you're trying to find them in rivers it's pretty easy to figure out where they are ... usually along the edge of current is a good place to throw ... like in my fishin video in the Downloads section it shows me throwing right at the end of the retainer wall at the dam and netting about 30 shad with one throw. Current breaks or eddies is also a good place ... when there's water flowing past a point sticking out on the bank or a big boulder it creates a little current break where shad will congregate behind. 

Winter shad is a little tougher and usually requires a boat and good electronics. I use a nylon net for catching winter shad cause it seems to not close up as badly or you can use duct tape on the thrownet around the skirt to keep it from closing up ... you'll also need about a 50 ft handline cause they'll be deep ... troll around watching your graph and when you see a big school of shad throw your net ... take note to where your transducer is on the boat ... best to have one mounted or a built-in transducer on your trolling motor but if your transducer is on the back of the boat you'll have to have someone back there throwing ... wait until the boat moves about 5 to 10 ft past where you seen the shad on the graph and then throw behind the boat ... if you have a trolling motor mounted transducer then reverse the trolling motor and move back about 5 to 10 ft and throw where your transducer picked up the shad. good fishin!

A lot of people have asked me about finding shad ... or saying they don't know what to look for when searching for shad. Usually it's not too hard to find shad if there's a healthy population in the environment you're fishing. The most evident is the tell tale flipping on top of the water ... when you see a bright flash of white and a small splash on top of the water, that's usually shad and there's most always a lot of other shad with that one that just flipped on top. Get your thrownet ready to throw and when you see one flip, throw your net over where you seen the shad flip on top of the water. This is a good summer method when shad are swimming along sandy beaches or the shore. 

If you're trying to find them in rivers it's pretty easy to figure out where they are ... usually along the edge of current is a good place to throw ... like in my fishin video in the Downloads section it shows me throwing right at the end of the retainer wall at the dam and netting about 30 shad with one throw. Current breaks or eddies is also a good place ... when there's water flowing past a point sticking out on the bank or a big boulder it creates a little current break where shad will congregate behind. 

Winter shad is a little tougher and usually requires a boat and good electronics. I use a nylon net for catching winter shad cause it seems to not close up as badly or you can use duct tape on the thrownet around the skirt to keep it from closing up ... you'll also need about a 50 ft handline cause they'll be deep ... troll around watching your graph and when you see a big school of shad throw your net ... take note to where your transducer is on the boat ... best to have one mounted or a built-in transducer on your trolling motor but if your transducer is on the back of the boat you'll have to have someone back there throwing ... wait until the boat moves about 5 to 10 ft past where you seen the shad on the graph and then throw behind the boat ... if you have a trolling motor mounted transducer then reverse the trolling motor and move back about 5 to 10 ft and throw where your transducer picked up the shad. good fishin!

You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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You can find all the videos I've got on catching shad with a thrownet on the link above. It shows how to throw the thrownet and also the fishing videos show me actually catching shad with a thrownet and fishing below Keystone Dam.

Just sign up for a free account on Catfishing.tv then go to the Downloads and view the videos. The videos are in .wmv format so you'll need Microsoft's Media Player. Good Fishin! Tiny

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