SLABSAUCE Crappie Attractant |
Thanks Thanks:  0
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 17 of 17

Thread: Shad for Bait

  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    942
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Shad tanks and filters are a necessity for shad. It's not lack of oxygenated water or temperature that kills them its the loose shad scales that get in their gills and suffocate them. That's why guides and striper fishermen use rounded bait tanks with recirculating pumps that continually re-circulate the water through a filter that catches the loose shad scales. The round tank keeps the from injuring themselves. You can build a home made filter for about anything including live wells. Foam filters that are washable work well.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Dec 2018
    Location
    Oberlin, LA
    Posts
    29
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Yep, those shad sluff-off a tremendous amount of scales and slime in the summer, substantially less in the fall and winter. They die a lot quicker in bait tanks in the summer than the winter too, but they live and thrive in the same summer water in lakes and rivers and don’t sluff off scales and die.

    I can see where all those loose scales floating around in bait tanks are such a killer in the summer, just chokes those little buggers.


    Why do the scales flake off so much more in the summer and they produce more slime in bait tank than any other time of the year? Why do you think shad do that?

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    942
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Slime you are seeing is actually oil produced from the shad. Shad has oil glands in their heads and produce more oil in warmer water. We all use a fine salt in our tanks to keep the shad healthier. Also use it with minnows / shiners. Bait stays a lot more active and healthier with salt added. I buy a fine stock salt in a 25 lb bag at our local Atwoods for around 4.00 that lasts a couple years.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Dec 2018
    Location
    Oberlin, LA
    Posts
    29
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Do you mean like that “spermaceti oil” in whale heads?

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Dayton
    Posts
    11,555
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Shad shad are killer on crappie around bridges
    :I would like to thank the builders of docks for giving me a place to fish and lose tackle

  6. #16
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    33
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Great debate / info here. My local crappie lake just closed earlier this week, but I will definitely net some shad and give it a try when all of this pandemic craziness goes down. Thanks for all of the tips. Stay safe and tight lines!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    ohio
    Posts
    14
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I used to make two or three trips to Dale Hollow Tenn. every fall and we would string a seine across a boat slip with a rock in the middle of the seine to hold the center down.. the edge of the seine would be just a couple of inches above the water. we then would hang a bright light over the center of the seine and leave it over night.. every morning there would be a couple dozen shad in the net...great bait for big crappie and smallmouth.. we would also hang lanterns over the side of our docked boat at night and bring in big schools of shad then snag the little shad with a small treble hook and then let the shad sink down below the school and catch big crappie about 10 or 15 feet below the school of shad

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

BACK TO TOP