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#12489523 - 11/02/17 02:14 PM Will crappie hit small shad?
AggieKayak Offline
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Registered: 10/30/17
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Loc: Fort Worth, Tx
I've only used live (bait store bought) minnows to fish for crappie. Will they hit the small shad that can be caught with a throw net? Is there a specific method of fishing with shad, vs minnows? Any guidance would be much appreciated.

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#12489528 - 11/02/17 02:17 PM Re: Will crappie hit small shad? [Re: AggieKayak]
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Loc: whiteoak,tx
I have caught them on shad drifting for catfish.

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#12489577 - 11/02/17 02:46 PM Re: Will crappie hit small shad? [Re: AggieKayak]
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Crappie will eat shad all the way up to 4-5" long.
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#12489598 - 11/02/17 03:00 PM Re: Will crappie hit small shad? [Re: AggieKayak]
speedboat Offline
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yep, definitely catch crappie with shad along with a variety of other species. Biggest problem you will have is keeping them alive.

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#12489627 - 11/02/17 03:18 PM Re: Will crappie hit small shad? [Re: AggieKayak]
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Yep, hook um on just like a minnow...
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#12489645 - 11/02/17 03:32 PM Re: Will crappie hit small shad? [Re: AggieKayak]
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Originally Posted By: AggieKayak
I've only used live (bait store bought) minnows to fish for crappie. Will they hit the small shad that can be caught with a throw net? Is there a specific method of fishing with shad, vs minnows? Any guidance would be much appreciated.


The size you catch most often in a cast net is the size they will hit most readily and a jig that size will work too. But they eat small, medium and large.


Edited by karpbuster (11/02/17 03:32 PM)
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#12489664 - 11/02/17 03:49 PM Re: Will crappie hit small shad? [Re: AggieKayak]
Ken Gaby Offline
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Crappie will also hit fresh dead shad and a fillet off the shad. Hook the live shad thru the top lip out the nostril hole. They will live longer. Maybe the best bait you will ever use.


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#12489709 - 11/02/17 04:08 PM Re: Will crappie hit small shad? [Re: AggieKayak]
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Edited by serj5150 (11/02/17 04:09 PM)
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#12489759 - 11/02/17 04:30 PM Re: Will crappie hit small shad? [Re: AggieKayak]
bowfin Offline
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Good knot tying video.

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#12490005 - 11/02/17 08:16 PM Re: Will crappie hit small shad? [Re: AggieKayak]
Gamblinman Offline
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Registered: 11/26/02
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Loc: Yantis, TX
They will devour them like fresh caviar. The ultimate live bait for crappie. The disadvantage to them is the time to find the right size and the care necessary to keep them alive.

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#12490021 - 11/02/17 08:27 PM Re: Will crappie hit small shad? [Re: AggieKayak]
Thumpy Offline
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Registered: 10/17/17
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Loc: Cleburne
I can catch the shad, but I can't catch crappie with the shad. Really odd

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#12490104 - 11/02/17 09:17 PM Re: Will crappie hit small shad? [Re: AggieKayak]
stinkywon Offline
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Registered: 04/23/15
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Not fishing where the crappie are eating!!

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#12490145 - 11/02/17 10:02 PM Re: Will crappie hit small shad? [Re: Thumpy]
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Originally Posted By: Thumpy
I can catch the shad, but I can't catch crappie with the shad. Really odd

If the crappie are there and in the mood to bite, live shad will usually outfish minnows or jigs
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