Yes, I ended up calling all the local places. None of them sell live shad. One girl told me I won't find a place "in the area" that sells live shad.
I tried the cast net thing, and it was very difficult to throw a decent circle. I bought a 6 ft net, which may be too large for a beginner thrower. Had a very difficult time. By the time I was able to throw a semi-circle, I actually caught 4 tiny little baby sandbass! But not a shad in sight. Will have to keep practicing with the cast net.
But until then, even if I have to drive somewhere, where is the closest bait shop to Benbrook that sells live shad? Would I have to go to Joe Pool? Grapevine? Granbury? Lewisville?
Just need a backup plan, just in case.