Post By: Colorado Bass Man Posted: 2/24/2014 3:19:07 PMPoints: 4
Well I believe they are gizzard shad! I have never caught any of that species before! They where in a natural are in Fort Collins. I fish those areas a lot never caught any thing but the usual suspects.
Hope you had gloves on that you tossed afterward or you washed your hands with gasoline. Must have ran that lipless right through the middle of a school. Good spot to have a lure in the spring and summer.
Well these where caught at a different natural area. It's a good find makes me rethink how to fish these ares now that I know there are gizzard shad in them. Fish seal you think they reproduce in the ponds they are in?
The bottom lure is a dead ringer for the gizzards, while the top two, while not quite as aesthetically similar, have worked over many bass in Front Range lakes that are rife with gizzard shad. And now they've got more spots to play!
Reply by: FishDr Posted: 2/27/2014 10:12:47 AM Points: 142
The lowest lure in my picture is a glide gizzard by High Power Herring. You have to order them directly from the maker at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fish-Atlanta-Guide-Service-High-Power-Swimbaits/219764599744
The other two lures are Bull shad's, made by HPH's main competitor (they are most definitely not friends). You can order those directly from the maker at: [log in for link]
You can also get Bull Shads at the usual online dealers.
I throw the smaller Bull Shad on 20 or 25-lb mono. The bigger Bull Shad is thrown on 25-lb mono and the HPH is going to get thrown on 25-lb or 30-lb mono. I use an improved clinch or a Fish-N-Fool knot [log in for link] on the lures (actually, on the Lure Jensen Duo Lock snaps that I clip the lures on with) and I retie a lot.
Reply by: Sleazy E Posted: 3/1/2014 8:17:21 AM Points: 447
Ahaha. Nice, except one failed to live I think. It was probably the fish I stumbled upon.. the pond with the small island? It was a massive fish, and to be in that location was interesting to me too. I was at this pond yesterday if it's the same one.
Reply by: Sleazy E Posted: 3/3/2014 7:43:22 PM Points: 447
Mike, thanks for chiming in. You have a cool website. I don't have any rod/reel setups to cast something worth that coin but I'm working on it. Those Bull Shad baits look really good and I've wanted to toss something identical for the wipers around here.
I chimed in to this thread because the shad in that pond was kind of a surprise. Normally I see them cruising, dead around shore, or schooling around the surface so the dead on I saw was the first in this pond and especially so large. We had a flood that might had displaced and replaced a lot of life in this area so I was chalking that dead fish up to washing in from a different location and then failing to survive.