Cut shad and whole shad is one of the most popular and effective catfish baits there is for catching blue catfish. Since I started Learn To Catch Catfish I have received countless questions about threadfin and gizzard shad, their use, how to bait hooks with them, how to cut them, what kind of hooks to use and the list goes on and on with related questions. I am going to try to start working my way through all those questions and would have preferred to put everything in one article but I am short on time and long on work right now so I have to call it quits with this first article and catfishing video.
Cutting shad is something that many people have some strong opinions on in regards to the best way to do it. There are some who will tell you that filleting or following other specific techniques for cutting them into cut bait will get more bites but I have rarely every noticed a difference.
I do however have two specific pieces of the bait that I prefer to use and a specific technique that I like to use to cut the bait that works really well for me. I didn’t go into great detail in this video on why I like to cut at an angle but will cover that more in a future article.
If you plan on fishing for blue catfish you have to learn to throw a cast net, find and catch bait, and catch them consistently. There is no option, there is no substitute and there is nothing else that will work as well (or better) except for skipjack in areas where they are native. We don’t have skipjack populations in north Texas so we use shad.
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.