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Success on Rusty’s Shad Bait?
Posted: 01 July 2011 01:22 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Has anyone had any success on Rusty’s Shad bait?

I cannot find fresh shad anywhere near me, so I decided to try Rusty’s Shad bait from my local WalMart.

I have tried it in many different bodies of water, such as the Mississippi River, Rock River, Hennepin Canal, Edwards River, Lake Storey, and my local private lake.  NOTHING!  Not even a nibble.  So, I switched to shrimp and I was getting all kinds of action.

I would like to give it some more time, but the chemical they use to preserve the shad may be a distractor to the real fish. 

Any feedback, and/or actual results would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted: 01 July 2011 03:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I use a thrownet to catch my own fresh shad.  This works well just make sure they are all dead before baiting them up.  Don’t wanna spread asian carp to new waters.

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Posted: 03 July 2011 05:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I catch them all the time at the Hennepin between Colona and Geneseo.  I used to use dip bait but I switched to the baby shad, mostly because they dont smell as bad.  I cut them in half to make em go farther, caughter mostly channels but a few flatheads too.

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Posted: 03 July 2011 10:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Cast net is the way to go! I have been doing it for years and feel fresh bait is the way to go, no preservatives or stinky slop in a jar.

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Posted: 01 September 2011 03:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I tried out the Rusty’s over last weekend.  No bites except one, and when I pulled it in, I had a baby striper on the wasn’t much bigger than the shad.

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Posted: 25 January 2012 02:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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In all my eforts and many diferent baits I can say that Rusty’s Shad Bait is NOT worth it. I have tried it and it absolutely does not work in the waters I fish. Now the price of a throw or casting net will pay for itself in short order and it is hard to beat fresh shad as bait for Mr. Whiskers….

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Posted: 01 February 2012 09:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I’ve used the good ole Walmart packaged bait too, with not much luck, I honestly don’t think I’ve ever gotten even a bite using. For river fishing I usually stick with plain old nightcrawlers and if I am fishing one of the lakes nearby I go with Sonnys SuperSticky - Blood formula.

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Posted: 02 February 2012 09:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Ah, I would agree with you on Sonny’s. I resisted using any dip bait for a long time and an ole friend told me the channels were hitting it like crazy. I followed him to the “honey hole” and could not fish with two rods, the action was that fast. I did fill more than one stringer of fine tasting cats this past year using nothing but the bait you have mentioned.

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Posted: 03 February 2012 01:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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enjy - same here, if they are really biting good, I too have had to give up and use just one pole using Sonnys…lol Thats ok with me though, I’d rather have a day like that than a day sitting there wondering where the heck all the fish are hiding ... ;0)  I am hoping the groundhog was wrong.. and we have an early spring.. I am itching to go fishing ....

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Posted: 20 February 2012 01:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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We did a Review on Rusty’s Baby Shad and Wounded Shad over a period of 3 months last year fished side by side with fresh shad and other baits as well and Rusty’s failed miserably we even set up a trot line with 50 hooks and all the baits were still intact the next morning not even a turtle our advise? steer clear of Rusty’s.

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Posted: 20 February 2012 02:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Thanks for the review info.  Very helpful.

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Posted: 20 February 2012 02:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Thanks! we review about anything out there and tell people the real deal, If it’s crap it’s crap.

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Posted: 26 February 2012 12:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I tried some “packaged shad” once.  Not sure if it was Rusty’s or another brand but either way it was a futile effort.  I agree with the general theme here.  Sonny’s blood is pretty good especially when the water warms up.  Catching fresh shad in the water you are fishing works really well.  As I can’t seem to master the deployment of a shad net…..anybody ever use an umbrella net with much success??

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