texasfishingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
steven5907, Ruark, BaldEagle1988, tuckwat, will_outdoors
109306 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
TexDawg 90,134
hopalong 78,912
Pilothawk 77,554
John175® 69,873
JDavis7873® 67,393
Derek 🐝 61,694
Tritonman 58,401
Mark Perry 54,848
LoneStarSon® 54,824
facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums60
Topics777,562
Posts13,005,810
Members109,306
Most Online36,273
Jan 23rd, 2013
Print Thread
Advice: Shad? AM catfish? #12837632
07/22/18 06:12 PM
07/22/18 06:12 PM
Joined: May 2018
Posts: 15
Central Texas
K
KayakGreaser Offline OP
Green Horn
KayakGreaser  Offline OP
Green Horn
K

Joined: May 2018
Posts: 15
Central Texas
So I've been searching for catfish on the colorado and some smaller rivers and creeks, and am new to cast netting. I've been trying to find shad for live bait, and had some luck but I don't really know what to look for.

I mostly just look for eddy's with easy access and other baitfish present so I don't mess up my cast net too bad, and it seems like a toss up whether I catch anything. Also, when I do find shad it seems like I don't get bites too often. It may also be affected by the time I am able to go usually, which is right at first light to around 10-11am. I know catfish are usually best at ~7-11pm but I can't go then.

Any advice is appreciated but especially finding shad, and morning catfishing on moving waters smile


New To Catfishing:
PB Blue - 8.1
PB Channel - ~2.5
Still Scouting for YC
Re: Advice: Shad? AM catfish? [Re: KayakGreaser] #12838681
07/23/18 04:32 PM
07/23/18 04:32 PM
Joined: Aug 2014
Posts: 3,969
Collin County
B
Beer Money Online content
TFF Team Angler
Beer Money  Online Content
TFF Team Angler
B

Joined: Aug 2014
Posts: 3,969
Collin County
Not sure if it helps you, but if there is a lake nearby, you should be able to net shad at a boat ramp in the mornings.

Re: Advice: Shad? AM catfish? [Re: KayakGreaser] #12838817
07/23/18 05:48 PM
07/23/18 05:48 PM
Joined: Jul 2015
Posts: 553
Irving/Valley Ranch
E
erittmueller Offline
Pro Angler
erittmueller  Offline
Pro Angler
E

Joined: Jul 2015
Posts: 553
Irving/Valley Ranch
Sunfish are far far easier to keep alive than shad, just in case that's new info. If you are set on shad though look for holes below riffles/rapids to hold them.

Eric

Re: Advice: Shad? AM catfish? [Re: erittmueller] #12840315
07/24/18 07:25 PM
07/24/18 07:25 PM
Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,502
Celina/Prosper, TX
J
JJ4MEL Offline
Extreme Angler
JJ4MEL  Offline
Extreme Angler
J

Joined: Jan 2009
Posts: 1,502
Celina/Prosper, TX
Originally Posted By: erittmueller
Sunfish are far far easier to keep alive than shad, just in case that's new info. If you are set on shad though look for holes below riffles/rapids to hold them.

Eric


Buddy of mine is using live/dead sunfish and getting some really good fish outside of San Antonio.

Re: Advice: Shad? AM catfish? [Re: KayakGreaser] #12845167
07/28/18 03:44 PM
07/28/18 03:44 PM
Joined: May 2018
Posts: 15
Central Texas
K
KayakGreaser Offline OP
Green Horn
KayakGreaser  Offline OP
Green Horn
K

Joined: May 2018
Posts: 15
Central Texas
Been super busy D: I've been having luck with boat ramp shad but if there are No Fishing signs can you still legally cast net? I thought it was considered fishing by tpwd. I used some live bream out on the Colorado but I think I need to go more towards night time, even in the heavy shade and good eddy, no luck lately.

Last edited by KayakGreaser; 07/28/18 03:45 PM.

New To Catfishing:
PB Blue - 8.1
PB Channel - ~2.5
Still Scouting for YC
Re: Advice: Shad? AM catfish? [Re: KayakGreaser] #12845169
07/28/18 03:46 PM
07/28/18 03:46 PM
Joined: May 2018
Posts: 15
Central Texas
K
KayakGreaser Offline OP
Green Horn
KayakGreaser  Offline OP
Green Horn
K

Joined: May 2018
Posts: 15
Central Texas
I live and fish anywhere east of Austin, from Granger to smithville, although San Antonio isn't too far for a nice day trip. Just too hot lately for that much commitment hah


New To Catfishing:
PB Blue - 8.1
PB Channel - ~2.5
Still Scouting for YC
Re: Advice: Shad? AM catfish? [Re: KayakGreaser] #12858924
08/09/18 05:45 PM
08/09/18 05:45 PM
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 22,583
on the Red River
T
TexasBlonde Offline
TFF Guru
TexasBlonde  Offline
TFF Guru
T

Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 22,583
on the Red River
The punch type stink bait is very productive for catfish during the summer. Just use about a #8 small treble hook, a stick to punch the hook into the stink bait, and start fishing. They sell blood bait in a jar as punch bait, btw. My father used actual blood bait that was available at a local slaughter house around Abilene. Watching him load his treble hook with the coagulated blood was not a pleasant sight, but it caught lots of channel cats out of one of forks of the Brazos river.

Re: Advice: Shad? AM catfish? [Re: KayakGreaser] #12878209
08/27/18 06:23 PM
08/27/18 06:23 PM
Joined: May 2018
Posts: 15
Central Texas
K
KayakGreaser Offline OP
Green Horn
KayakGreaser  Offline OP
Green Horn
K

Joined: May 2018
Posts: 15
Central Texas
I am apparently terrible at remembering to get on here and reply, I do read the reply's when I'm on break though.
TexasBlonde, I took your advice and finally tried some punch bait, and started catching some little blues. Me and a buddy went out to a private cat pond and they wouldn't hit anything but the punch bait too, ended up with 5lbs of fillets after ending early by catching too many, but it was kind of cheating with the location.
I'd prefer to use shad over any prepared bait just due to my way of thinking when I fish but for bad days or when I can't locate the shad it'll be nice to have something I can just keep around and throw out, thanks for the push on that smile



New To Catfishing:
PB Blue - 8.1
PB Channel - ~2.5
Still Scouting for YC
Re: Advice: Shad? AM catfish? [Re: KayakGreaser] #12878722
08/28/18 03:28 AM
08/28/18 03:28 AM
Joined: Sep 2015
Posts: 1,342
Lake lavon
L
Ledeez Online content
Extreme Angler
Ledeez  Online Content
Extreme Angler
L

Joined: Sep 2015
Posts: 1,342
Lake lavon
Look like channels to me but whatever!? Nice pics regardless thumb


Teamgetsome$$$
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread


© 1998-2018 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
UBB.threads™ 7.6.2