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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.