I was digging through some files on my computer and dug up this old video that has some actual footage of catching shad so I figured I might as well throw it on here just to show people the process for catching shad, whether it is threadfin shad or gizzard shad. This is not a step by step how to video and doesn’t cover finding shad or anything else, just some footage of me throwing a net and pulling in bait (and picking a channel catfish from the net).
Picking the accidental catfish that you catch from the net is not a big deal, and one day I will post some tips on how to do this quickly. My hands were all cut up and hurt so it was taking me a bit longer than usual.
One thing I do suggest is that you get a bait bucket to dump your bait into, these are also very useful for carrying fish around, cleaning fish and even for storing a net when it is not being used. You can pick up one of these buckets with the rope handles at any dollar store or discount store for just a few dollars (I usually buy mine at big lots).
Anyway, here is the video that shows me throwing a cast net and catching shad with a cast net, and pulling up an accidental channel catfish in the net and then releasing it.
Catching shad is an essential part of targeting blue catfish. Not only is fresh shad one of the best baits for blue catfish but learning to pattern shad will do wonders for you in your quest to catch blue catfish.
To get more information including an in depth guide on choosing a cast net and tips and tricks on finding and catching shad and everything else you ever need to know on catching bait, click here.