Posted by Kerry Grissett on January 24, 2005 at 17:56:47:
In Reply to: Re: Baitfish Questions posted by Doug on January 24, 2005 at 14:45:04:
Threadfin shad don't survive well unless you have a large tank with a good aerator that keeps the water moving. Most of the time they work better at catching game fish (stripe, bass, etc.) if they are alive and very active. You will often see boats below the dams drifting for stripers or smallmouth bass using threadfin shad as bait. Many of them will have a 30 to 50 gallon plastic barrel with a strong circulation/aeration system in the boat to keep the threadfin (yellowtails) alive while they fish.
However, I know that some people like to use them for trot lines and catfishing. In those cases, it usually doesn't matter if they are alive or dead. They might be even better for catfishing if they have, um, fermented a little.
Good luck and good fishin'
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