Fishing With Shads

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Fishing With Shads

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Tackle For Shad Fishing.

Using Shads to catch fish involves using relatively light gear. A 20 pound class boat rod is the norm coupled with a 7000 size multiplier filled with braid of between 25 and 50 pounds.

It is useful but not  essential to use a 50 pounds mono shock leader to cushion the blows of the strong lunges of a hooked cod or pollock, the shock leader should be approximately twice the length of the rod you are using.

Some anglers prefer to use a fixed spool reel for shad fishing claiming it gives them more feel, on a personal note I prefer the multiplier but either will do the job just fine.

A weight of between 6 to 10 ounces is used to take the shad down to the sea bed.

Paul Kilpatrick With A Prime Cod On A 4″ Blue Storm Shad

Storm, Calcutta Shads Or Berkley Hollow Belly – Which Shads To Use ??

With regards to the shad itself it is usually best to carry several different types and colours.

The favoured colours for cod and Pollock fishing are often blue, black and pearl, green, yellow, and orange. The red hot colour for cod is usually dark blue.

The favoured makes of shads are the Calcutta shad and those made by Storm. The 4 Inch shad seems to be favoured by the boat anglers at Whitby.

In more recent times a fantastic new shad has appeared on the scene and early reports are suggesting this is now the shad to beat.

We first learned of the Berkley Hollow Belly in the summer of 2010 when the Shakespeare and Berkley Rep came for a days fishing with us on board Paul Kilpatrick’s Sea Otter 2 – You can read the story by clicking here.

Nigel showed us this new shad from Berkely, the hollow belly is made from a tougher rubber than the other shads making it more resilient.

Unlike other shads made from tougher materials the berkley shad manages to keep the all important swimming style through the shads hollow belly which keeps it very subtle.

Since first being shown the hollow belly, Paul Kilpatrick has encouraged his anglers to use the shad, and the results now speak for themselves with many big fish now falling to this lure.



The Berkley Hollow Belly Nails Another Big Whitby Cod – Picture By Paul Kilpatrick


How To Set Up A Shad Rig.

Whitby charter skipper and local boat fishing expert Paul Kilpatrick says that the simpler methods for setting up a shad rig are by far the most successful.

There is no need to use a boom style set up, and in Paul’s experience that only causes more tangles. Paul Says “you simply tie a snap swivel to your main line and attach your weight into the snap. Then you need to tie a 30 pound snood of around five foot in length from the eye of your shad to a second snap swivel.

The second snap is also fastened into the eye of the lead weight. When your ready you simply drop the lot down to the sea bed. It really is that simple – and tangle free.

fishing with shads - storm shads

A very simple rig. You dont need a boom to catch cod on shads

How To Fish With Shads.

Fishing with shads really is simple. You let the shad fall to the sea bed and the moment it hits the bottom you click the reel into gear and start winding in slowly.

You usually wind up around 20 turns of the handle then let the shad fall back to the bottom again by clicking the reel back out of gear. If you feel a bite you must resist the urge to strike and instead keep retrieving at a steady pace until the fish is hooked – Its that simple.

Catching Cod On Shads aboard Paul Kilpatrick’s Sea Otter 2

Shad Fishing Gallery – All Fish Were Caught On Paul Kilpatrick’s Sea Otter 2

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Site Administrator Glenn Kilpatrick has a passion for all types of sea angling. Past winner of the Whitby Sea Anglers fishing club on 2 occasions, Glenn now mainly focuses on summer fishing with bass and pollack being his favoured target fish. Glenn now also prefers Kayak Fishing over any other type of Sea Fishing.


  1. Danny Walker August 12, 2011 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Hi whitby sea anglers, my mate and i have just bought a sea kayak each using all your advise on here, dry suit, radio, rods reel ect, but still not sure when to go out to sea? we have been out once and lost our anchors after 10 mins they got stuck when tide going out and had to cut anchor rope? we would like to go out tomorrow sat at south landing Flamborough high tide about 5 30pm but not sure when to go out to see or when to fish with rods? anchored or not or drifting? know idea? any advice would be great to hear? Cheers Danny and Ivan from Bridlington.

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  3. The Machine March 17, 2013 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Use the same rig shown in the video, with a slight difference, I use a weak link on the lead so if it does snag that’s the fist thing to go, saved my lure a few times.

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