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#11411911 - 02/13/16 12:59 PM Shad and Crappie
Jerry T. Offline
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Not sure who said what about shad and crappie and I'm sure not trying to start any debates.

During this time of the year, you'll see this more and more in my area. (Not just the big fish, small/barely keeper fish will have 'em.)

10.75" Black crappie:


Before removing the shad:


Three shad, one of which I accidentally cut in half:


One shad was 3.5", one was 3", and the other was so mangled I didn't bother with measuring it. I'm thinking it was 2.5" (or close to it).



Here soon, a good percentage of the fish we clean will be like this and often times they're gorged heavier than this one was. I couldn't find the other thread where someone requested pictures of this so if the size I'm showing isn't what you were looking for, please feel free to post again with the specifics for the picture ya wanted? Otherwise, I'm only posting this to help anyone wondering weather crappie will bite with a "full" stomach. thumb






Edited by Jerry T. (02/14/16 11:10 AM)
Edit Reason: typo
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#11411936 - 02/13/16 01:25 PM Re: Shad and Crappie [Re: Jerry T.]
larry mays Online   content
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Loc: Winnsboro, Texas
I have not been using jigs that big, but I am ok on the color. I think the crappie are just as lost as we are on this crazy winter and what happens next.

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#11411952 - 02/13/16 01:39 PM Re: Shad and Crappie [Re: Jerry T.]
have_rod_reel_travel Offline
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Cool pic! coolphotos

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#11411969 - 02/13/16 01:51 PM Re: Shad and Crappie [Re: Jerry T.]
Harleyrockstar Offline
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Loc: Leander
Thanks for the info! Cool post.

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#11412102 - 02/13/16 03:24 PM Re: Shad and Crappie [Re: Jerry T.]
juggin4cats Offline
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Registered: 02/02/09
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Loc: Midlothian/Mansfield, TX
If I can throw net some shad up in the creek I fish I will use them all day long for crappie over a minnow or jig.
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#11412158 - 02/13/16 04:10 PM Re: Shad and Crappie [Re: Jerry T.]
Thunk Offline
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Registered: 11/12/14
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Loc: Granbury, Tx.
Well I know that I said that they are as opportunistic as the next fish to them or any fish that has food in front of em. They will eat till they throw it back up. Easy meals aren't always around but when they are it's 'One more trip to the buffet'! Eat till u puke! If I can catch small enough shad I'll use them over any other bait for crappie. Just like juggin4cats said!

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#11412369 - 02/13/16 06:11 PM Re: Shad and Crappie [Re: Jerry T.]
Ken Gaby Online   content
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Goof pic Jerry, thanks.
Max caught a crappie about 6 weeks ago that had four shad in the stomach, the last one with the tail sticking out the gullet. And that fish hit a Slab Bandit and inhaled it. She definitely was hungry. If I had been there, I would have taken a pic.
As stated above, I've seen them eat till they puke, just like white bass do.
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#11412389 - 02/13/16 06:26 PM Re: Shad and Crappie [Re: Ken Gaby]
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I think I'll just popcorn
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#11412499 - 02/13/16 07:27 PM Re: Shad and Crappie [Re: Jerry T.]
SheCrappieKilla Offline
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Registered: 04/30/13
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Loc: West of Ft Worth and South
Jerry, been seeing the same over here also for a couple of weeks now.

Anyone know how to post a video?

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#11412692 - 02/13/16 08:47 PM Re: Shad and Crappie [Re: Jerry T.]
Mckinneycrappiecatcher Offline
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Loc: mckinney, tx
I've caught crappie on pines that were spitting out multiple shad as I was pulling them up.
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#11412857 - 02/13/16 10:35 PM Re: Shad and Crappie [Re: Jerry T.]
Highbread Offline
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Loc: Plano, TX
Don't think I've ever caught a crappie on shad. Usually the sandies, hybrid or catfish eat them.

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#11412864 - 02/13/16 10:41 PM Re: Shad and Crappie [Re: Jerry T.]
Mckinneycrappiecatcher Offline
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Loc: mckinney, tx
I remember one year at lavon I was fishing timber post spawn with 4-5" threads and limiting on 11-14" fish.
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#11412888 - 02/13/16 11:01 PM Re: Shad and Crappie [Re: Jerry T.]
Jig Man Offline
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Loc: Over here...
nice.... wink
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#11412992 - 02/14/16 05:33 AM Re: Shad and Crappie [Re: Jerry T.]
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We have done well with shad for crappie during the spawn in our cove
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#11413008 - 02/14/16 05:56 AM Re: Shad and Crappie [Re: SheCrappieKilla]
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Originally Posted By: SheCrappieKilla
Jerry, been seeing the same over here also for a couple of weeks now.

Anyone know how to post a video?
Upload it to photobucket and then click 6th icon from left. Install link to photobucket video and boom.
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