Cold spells are an excellent time to go out on the lakes and capitalize on the shad kill, CatDaddy says. An available resource for any angler willing to go out and put in the effort, shad can be collected from the bank or a boat with a net - no fancy equipment is required. Look for wind laden banks, CatDaddy says, that’s where you’ll find a lot of fish caused by wind blowing all the surface floaters to the shore. It’s there where they can simply be scooped up with a net. Time is crucial to collect on a fresh shad kill as it can become a first-come, first-serve kind of situation with birds and other anglers looking for the same pot of gold you are. Get out early and score your haul before it’s picked over.
CatDaddy says he’s getting 10 to 12-inch shad right now off the lakes. The guts, the heads, the sides - all of it is great for targeting blue catfish. Once you have your haul, some quick processing is necessary. CatDaddy says he cuts shad into various pieces. He likes to have an assortment of heads, guts, cut sides, and some 1-inch chunks as well as other larger pieces up to half of a whole shad. Whatever doesn’t get used the day of the catch he takes home to store them. CatDaddy says he keeps several dozen cut and whole shad on hand in the refrigerator where they will keep for up to a week. Anything left over he freezes so he can pull them out as needed for bait. While it does require some leg work on the part of the angler, catching your own shad can save you money. CatDaddy says purchasing shad from bait shops isn’t cheap and you’ll pay the price for the convenience of quick and easy bait.
Be sure to listen in as CatDaddy talks monster blues and shad this week on The Revolution. Find out more about CatDaddy and/or book a trip with him by heading to his online home, www.CatdaddyGuideServices.com.