SHAD - Edible or Bait fish?
Posted October 19 2004 - 11:09 AM
Posted October 19 2004 - 11:29 AM
They are both food and bait, If you smoke them they are very, very, tasty...And big bass love em too...
You can "chunk" them or "live line" them, I think most guys here would live line them when ever they got the chance.
Posted October 19 2004 - 11:36 AM
Posted October 19 2004 - 11:55 AM
It's just a little bony. Tastes good breaded and fried.
Killer live and chunk bait.
Posted October 19 2004 - 4:16 PM
I used to love to see the face of a tourist when I answered the usuall question "What'cha usin fer bait?" "Uh,nuthin"
We would sometimes paint the hooks black or silver if they wernt available.I suspect that it resembled local baitfish and it might not work everwheres.We called it jigging but most were hooked in the mouth.
BTW, this has been 15 years ago and we all wonder where they went to.How far north do you see them now?
Posted October 19 2004 - 6:06 PM
What works for me is a teaser rig with a shad dart as the teaser and a kastmaster or hopkins on the end, they're fun on light spinning gear.
True they are good bait, never ate one.
Posted October 19 2004 - 8:17 PM
heres some more info on new england shad runs it work the same every where to catch them
Posted October 19 2004 - 8:31 PM
Some folks rave about them, but then some folks eat bluefish.
Posted October 20 2004 - 3:35 PM
Posted October 20 2004 - 3:52 PM
Be careful where you catch and keep shad and which variety. American and Hickory shad are closed in MD. We do get C&R during the spring runs
From the MD DNR website:
From the late 1800s to mid-1900s, American shad were the most economically valuable food fish harvested from Chesapeake Bay. The American shad commercial fishery in the Chesapeake Bay steadily increased throughout the 1800s and by 1890, had peaked at approximately 7.1 million pounds. However, landings declined dramatically throughout the early 1900s to roughly 411,000 pounds in 1937. By 1980, American shad populations in Chesapeake Bay were so severely depleted that a complete moratorium on their capture and sale was initiated and still remains in place today.
Posted October 21 2004 - 8:03 PM
Caught most fly fishing with a white clouser.
I've also caught them on a small white spinner,
and rubber minnows. Good fighting fish on light tackle. Most jumped several times before being landed. I toss em back after a photo.
Posted October 21 2004 - 8:59 PM
"Shad is a FOOD fish!"
"No, shad is a BAIT fish!"
"Hey! OUR shad is two fish in one!"
We had no problem deciding what they were back then! Shad were a food fish. Dad would always make a big deal about having the roe sacks battered and fried for the first course. Then he would either bake them or fry them. The young Marine would also have his fair share of beverages in a brown bottle (beer). I got to crack 'em open so that's probably why I like being a bartender so much.
Now that I am a grandfather and have had the time to experience more of life, I can reflect on a time when shad were a bait fish! Yuppers! They sure was! We stuck a big hook in their tails and flipped their squirmin' little selves into a boiling cauldron of feeding bass and blues. Or chunked 'em up and spent the dropping tide at the inlet. Oh, yeah, bait fish. My vote is for bait fish again.
big jim (AKA JimiDaBeachBumm)
"Life's a beach!"
P.S. Planked, smoked or deep fried! Just food/bait/food for us poor folks.
Posted October 21 2004 - 9:13 PM
I love catching them in the inlets/bays around here in the Spring
When the stripers are too hard to catch, the shad will jump and fly and put up quite a fight on UL
Release! (Its the only legal thing to do here )