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SHAD

Hunting, shooting, fishing for Shad

Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, fresh water fishing, salt water fishing, Spearfishing


Downrigging in a big channel, or headed out to sea, with a spinning or fly rod in the rivers, shad are a multi-method type of fish to go for.

There are a number of ways to fish for shad and can be pursued from the bank, piers, boats, and kayaks.

They migrate from out to the ocean; either Pacific or Atlantic in the American shad's case, up into coastal rivers and inlets, feeding on different things such as plankton or crustaceans as they transition from place to place.

When out to sea they become less easy to target, spreading throughout the ocean much more than when they are limited to rivers and inlets. Like the herring, Shad are a bony fish, so spiky they have a reputation as the 'water' porcupine but have been a New England popular favorite since the beginning of the United States.

Gizzard shad, like you probably guessed, is named after its special gizzard, or throat pouch that collects dirt and sand from the shad's diet. It is a robust eater, living in warm water climates throughout southern and northeast America and feeding off primarily zooplankton.

Shad are good fighters, a well worth it trip out fishing!

Basic Info


Varieties: American Shad, Gizzard Shad

Size: average 36 cm

Weight: 2 – 3 kg

Lifespan: 5 – 7 years

Methods: Spinning, Fly fishing, Game fishing, fresh water fishing, salt water fishing, Spearfishing

Continent(s): North Pacific, North America