I bought some medium bait minnows in the fall and have kept them in an old aquarium with gold fish all winter. Nice fat and large. Much bigger than larger minnows but they don't look like shad.
Want to put them on a hook and see what I catch. Should I fish those puppies off the bottom or a bobber and a couple feet from surface? I live near Ray Hubbard. Hints of a good spot would be nice.
You cold fish them either way or you could free line them, just no weight or bobber just give them line and let them swim around.
Its fine that they dont look like shad. If they are lively they will get hit.
Without any more details I would say if you were crappie fishing I would put them under a bobber, and off the bottom for catfish or bass...free line for about anything.