Get Out Your Shad and Hooks,
4 ways to hook a shad everyone SHOULD know
Since becoming a guide and devoting much of my time to this website and helping others become better striper fishermen, the issue of how, where, when, what hook, when to fish it, what it does, why it does it, how you can fix it, why am I missing fish, etc etc etc.....has come up quite often. I am attempting to answer the prayers of many live bait fishermen who may be overwhelmed or just plain perplexed about where to hook a shad and when to do it. I hope this helps.
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|The best way I've found to hook a threadfin
shad is upwards through both lower and upper
lips. The trick here is penetrating directly inbetween
the shad's nostrils through a relatively tough, bony
plate. You can cast them fairly well with this hook
placement, but it is most ideal for trolling.
|Threadfin Shad, vertical lip hook.
Method also useful in alewives,
|This is a vertical lip hook on
a gizzard shad. Notice the open
mouth so as not to hook through
the bottom lip. Gizzards have a
bony nose which will take hooking
|Gizzard shad, vertical lip hook.|
|This is a horizontal nostril hook on a
gizzard shad. This is a very
strong way to hook a gizzard. They can be cast or lobbed very
well without being flung from the hook. The biggest drawback
to this method is the tendency of the hook point to "turn back"
into the bait; causing a large number of missed hookups.
Gizzard shad, horizontal nostril hook.
Other species: threadfins, alewives, bluebacks, mooneye.
Any Bait-Behind the Head
|The behind the head hook is primarily for
and lobbing. It holds the bait the best of any hooking
method, and allows the bait more freedom (better
leverage on the hook). It is not recommended for trolling.
This method is also susceptible to hook point "turn back."
Gizzard Shad, behind the head hook.
Other species: ALL BAIT, the only way to hook a 12" or larger skipjack.
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