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I wouldn't know how to catch them since I've never caught one, but I have livelined off my grandfathers boat with them.

I was taught to rig through the bottom of the mouth, out a nostril. Always seems to work.

But I'm sure there are other ways.
 

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We've been catching the shad along the south shore this fall on deadly dicks and crippled herrings. In the spring, we use small Fin-s or diamond jigs with Sabaki rigs.

To rig them for live bait we use a circle hook or treble hook. I hook the fish in the lightly in the back just in front of the dorsal. My father hooks them through the upper lip. Run a three to four foot leader to a five ounce drail and let him down to the bottom. Set the spool drag and clicker. Let the reel for scream a few seconds before engaging the spool.
 

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Your local tackle shop should sell what are called "shad darts". You need to try different colors but once you find the right one for the area/conditions, they are deadly when using a 6lb test outfit!!
 
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