Catching Shad: How To Catch Shad [eBook]

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Everything you need to know to locate and catch shad all year long explained in detailed, simple to follow instructions. An in depth guide that covers everything you need to know about locating and catching shad in simple to follow step by step detail based on first hand experience. Learn how to successfully pattern, locate and catch shad all year long on any body of water.


You’ll always have fresh bait for catching catfish and you’ll learn the basics to being a better catfish angler. When you learn how to pattern shad all year long you’ve unlocked the keys to catching blue catfish.


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Everything you need to know about locating and catching shad all year long explained in detailed, simple to follow instructions.

No more guessing, learn from my fifteen+ years experience as a professional catfish guide.

The Ultimate Resource On How To Catch Shad!

Catching shad is an in depth guide that covers everything you could ever possibly need to know about locating and catching shad in simple to follow step by step detail based on first hand experience.

Learn how to successfully pattern, locate and catch shad all year long on any body of water.

You’ll always have fresh bait for catching catfish and you’ll learn the basics to being a better catfish angler. When you learn how to pattern shad all year long you’ve unlocked the keys to catching blue catfish.

Find The Bait, You Find The Fish! 

Just Imagine

  • Knowing exactly what areas you need to start looking for shad all year long.
  • Knowing exactly how to go about catching them once you get there, and having the right tools to do so.
  • Understanding what controls the blue catfish pattern and actually being able to find fish.
  • Everything You Need To Know About Locating and Catching Shad

You’ll learn all of this and more in the Catching Shad book.

What’s Covered In Catching Shad?

The short version is everything you need to know about how to catch shad. You’ll learn all the details about finding, patterning and catching shad, start to finish.

Everything from cast net selection to finding the bait and catching shad, all year long.

You’ll be a shad-catching-blue-cat-chasing-ninja when you are done!

Here’s the details on what’s covered in the catching shad program…….

The Right Gear For Catching Shad

Having the right tools to do the job makes all the difference, especially during certain times of the year. Not only do you need the right tools but you need to know what you need to do to them to make them work their best and you need to know how to use them.

The first portion of “catching shad” covers everything you need to know including:

  • The importance of patterning shad and how it impacts your fishing.
  • Introduction to cast nets
  • Important features you need to look for when choosing a cast net (all nets are not created equal)
  • Features to avoid when choosing a cast net.
  • In depth guide on choosing the right cast net for success.
  • How cast net size, mesh size and weight affect your ability to catch catch bait in audio format.
  • How to prep your cast net so it will throw easily and make it much easier for you to catch bait.
  • How to throw a cast net with step by step instructions.
  • Video guide on how to throw a cast net
  • Step by step written guides with pictures to help you hone your cast net throwing skills.
  • Throwing tips for catching more bait.
  • The number one killer for not catching shad in deeper water (so simple it is almost ridiculous, but most people get it wrong).

Everything you need to know to get the right net, prepare it properly, throw it properly and start catching bait!

Patterning Shad

Exactly what prompts shad to move, when (and why) they move, and where you can go to find them.

Once you understand what drives these fish, then they’re very easy to find, and when you find the bait, you also find the fish.

The second portion of “Catching Shad” covers:

  • What drives these bait fish to “stack up” so you can catch them each and every time.
  • Tips on finding shad, the areas they like to stay in and how to locate them in these areas.
  • The 9 major tools for finding shad on any body of water, regardless of where it is.
  • Impact of weather on shad (and fish) and why you need to understand this. This is possibly the most critical piece of information I could ever share about finding and catching shad, and blue catfish.
  • Total instruction on how water temperature impacts shad and why understanding this is so critical not only in your quest to catch shad, but also catch fish.
  • In depth guide on finding shad on sonar, including broadband, down imaging and side imaging screenshots that walk you through exactly what you are looking for on sonar when you go to catch your own bait.
  • Seasonal movements of shad or basic “shad 101″ and their seasonal movements and patterns.
  • In depth guide on each season and what threadfin and gizzard shad do, and why, so you know what is taking place and where to find them.
  • Exactly where I go in each of the four seasons to catch shad. 
  • Where I look, my prime “catching spots” in order of importance and also the basic water temperatures during each season, and how that impacts the shad

Fishing With Shad

All of the information on finding and catching shad is no good if you don’t understand what to do once you have your bait.

This focuses on what happens once you have the bait in the boat, and some quick and simple tips for making sure you are successful.

The final portion of “Catching Shad” covers:

  • How to store your fresh caught bait once you catch it so you are not messing up your bait. Storing your bait wrong can make a hug difference, so I walk you through how to store shad.
  • How to bait your hooks with shad the right way, so you can land those catfish each and every time!
  • Everything you need to know to catch and fish with shad, no guessing!

It’s Not Just A Book On Catching Shad, It’s A Book On Catching Blue Catfish!.

All My Experience As  Pro Catfish Guide

You get the benefit of my 15 years as a professional catfish guide and countless years fishing for catfish prior to that in one nice neat little package.

I’m going to teach you everything you need to know to find and catch shad and how to pattern shad all year long, covering everything you need to know to be successful with the right bait and knowing the fundamentals of finding blue catfish.

Rather than wasting years trying to learn to find and catch shad and patterning blue catfish all year long you get the benefit of all my years of experiences and thousands and thousands of hours on the water.

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The Author, Chad Ferguson, Pro Catfish Guide

My name is Chad Ferguson and I’m a Texas based professional catfish guide. I own and operate North Texas Catfish Guide Service and Catfish Edge.

Chad Ferguson CatfishI’ve been fishing for channel catfish my entire life, and I make my living by getting fish on the end of the fishing line for my clients.

I wrote the Catching Shad book because I wanted a way to teach catfish anglers across the country how to go out and catch more fish.

Before I became a professional catfish guide, I didn’t understand how important understanding shad behavior and having fresh bait was.

After over fifteen years of experience as a pro catfish guide, I can tell you that understanding shad and having fresh bait is critical to catching blue catfish.

Through a lot of trial and error, and thousands and thousands of hours fishing, I learned what makes these fish “tick”, how to find then easily, why they behave the way they do and more importantly how important they are to locating and catching blue catfish!

You’ll have access to all my experience in the catching shad program so you can skip the learning curve and get on the fast track to success.

No more wasted time, no more driving around, wasting gas, and no more fishing with frozen bait for blue catfish, or even worse, some oddball bait that is never going to catch fish.

Catching shad is about so much more than just having the right bait though, it’s about finding and catching catfish.

When you find the bait, you find the fish. Get started now with the instant digital download and get on the fast track to success!.


33 reviews for Catching Shad: How To Catch Shad [eBook]

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Clay (verified owner)

    Probably one of the most helpful book I’ve read. Highly recommend this book. This book helped me tremendously in my approach to any lake on where the bait will likely be and thus where the catfish will be. I’ve bought Chads splat fishing, summer channel cats, and drift fishing Ebooks and would say out of these that the shad book is my favorite and most helpful for me personally.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    William (verified owner)

    Very helpful in finding shad and fish I have been catching a lot more channel cat since I purchased your books I looking forward to reading how to catch blue cat’s

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Mike (verified owner)

    I found the information in the book useful. I was able to take the knowledge and apply it on a recent fishing trip. I was able to find and locate Shad in a cove around first light, which was a big success for me.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kyle (verified owner)

    Great information in the ebook. I’ve not only caught more shad, but have literally caught bass, gar, and even some catfish in my nets that were chasing shad. Find the bait find the fish is right on.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    David (verified owner)

    Great guide to catching shad. I have already had some success finding bait after reading the book, and I am looking forward to using the tips Chad gives in the book to locate and catch shad this winter.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stephen (verified owner)

    This book eased my fears about finding and catching shad. A very informative book that gives real hands on advice. Chads knowledge of where to find shad at different times of the year is amazing. I would highly recommend this book.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kevin (verified owner)

    Great book. I am not much on reading books. But this one was a great learning experience for me. Now I can take the information that I have learned and start catching more bait to fish with. And knowing were the fish will be. I bought a cast net with heavier weights for winter time shad. With new sonar and structure view I should be able to locate shad in the winter time. This is a very helpful book for anybody. Yes find the bait and find the fish. Thanks Chad

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael (verified owner)

    I was reluctant due to the cost, but once I downloaded it and read the book, I found it it was worth the cost. I read the entire book in one sitting, but since it is an ebook I can easily refer to it whenever I want. I’ve only been fishing once since I read the book, but I was able to easily find shad with the tips provided. Thanks Chad!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kelly (verified owner)

    Have been looking for this information for 60 years and can honestly say this is best information available. Have applied Chad’s information and caught 72 thread fin shad on one throw of my 14 ft castnet. Excellent informative book!!!! Can’t wait to download more of Chad’s e-books….

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    danny (verified owner)

    I’ve have gone to every library in sw oklahoma trying to learn more about catfish with almost no success. What a fantastic find ! Listen, I have 3 sons ages 5,6 and 13 . All they want to do is fish with there dad. They think I am the best fisherman on earth. Wow if they only knew. Anyway, I want to continue to learn about bait, catfishing, and crappie fishing to keep my son’s interested in the great outdoors. By me learning as much as I can, I can keep us having success and they will grow up learning and appreciating how great sw oklahoma outdoors truly are. Catching shad was written for me. It unlocked a renewable resource of bait which has and will continue to make our fishing trips affordable and productive. I honestly cannot wait to buy more books from chad. He writes point blank, take it or leave it, “fishing takes work”. Absolutely excited to have found catfish edge. A++++++++

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joshua (verified owner)

    I’m telling you right now this book is an eye opener for anybody who is serious about using shad for bait. The info about cast nets is dead on. Listen to him! There is so much to learn about shad and how to find them.. awsome book highly recommend this to everybody DEF worth the loney!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Michael (verified owner)

    I really enjoyed soaking up all the information in your shad and drift fishing book. I shore fished for a couple years and recently wanted to take my fishing fun on the water. What I liked about it was it’s practicallity. The month/season specific info was great for me along with ALL the other stuff. Looking forward to getting the rest of your ebooks.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matthew (verified owner)

    Good book on shad ,I have always caught shad here and there at different times of the year when I get lucky,but never new why they were there and were they would head to next.with this book it will bring me some insight were to look for bait and I look forward to using it this year and if I don’t catch shad it will be my own fault because I now have the proper tool.thanks matt

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    richard (verified owner)

    The book was great. I got a lot of information from the book. I will be trying out some of the spots to catch some shad this weekend

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tyrel (verified owner)

    I was really struggling to find some shad early this spring. And I mean I was striking out. So I decided I could use a little help in understanding how to find the preferred meal of Blue Cat. I read the book in one sitting and the next day went out on the lake. Within 30 mins I had some shad and was ready to fish. My wife ended up landing a nice 42lb Blue that afternoon. If you want information on how to get shad in your bait bucket this is a must buy. I have no doubts that this book was a big part in being able to get shad in the net. I don’t consider myself a novice nor an expert and I recommend this to anyone who wants to use fresh bait for cats. Can’t wait for the weekend and get back out on the water!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brandon (verified owner)

    Great book!!! I am new to Catfishing so I feel like this book has given me a lot of great information. I can’t wait to go out this weekend and look for shad.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gary (verified owner)

    I have been searching for something to help me catch shad in spring, I fish upper Illinois Mississippi River. Our shad are easy in the heat of summer,(July thru September) all the rest have been almost impossible. Now I have a better Idea of where to hunt for them. I am looking forward to trying some of the things I have learned. I was a Guide there for Catfish for 10 years, then life happened, Now I have the time and want to try some new things. Thanks If you ever get up this way I would love to hang for a few and exchange ideas. My brother lives in Austin area I will be coming down next winter maybe we could hook up.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Brandon (verified owner)

    Great book with lots of good info. Can’t wait to put it to work. Bait buster on the way.

  19. Rated 4 out of 5

    Alan (verified owner)

    Very informative. Some things I knew but some that will be very helpful in the future.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tony (verified owner)

    pleased with all the information in this book. I found the netting shad in the winter portion most helpful as that is what I was mainly interested in. Great tips and insight throughout the book

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Smith (verified owner)

    Think it’s a good read lots of good info on shad and finding them !! Good book !! Thanks chad !!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    luke (verified owner)

    great material. I learned the patterns of shad and what drives them. i would say the best advice is to get a net and learn to throw it. winter time is the only time shad is difficult to find.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jimmy (verified owner)

    Very helpful and informative. Look forward to applying these principles for catching shad next time I go fishing. Thanks.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Danny (verified owner)

    Great info, well done!! Appreciate when someone like yourself takes your time and professional knowledge and shares it this way. Really needed the info you provided for winter time. Keep up the great work and thanks also for sharing the tackle, products and tools you have already proven that work. Thank You!

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mitchell (verified owner)

    This a MUST have book…Every detail is outlined in plain English…I own an IT support business and have read thru numerous training manuals. This is as clear cut as it gets. I am just glad someone was finally willing to share this information. Most anyone you talk with about finding and catching bait will go “lockjaw” on you in about two seconds.. I have been Striper and Catfishing for 20+ years and I have to say that not only will this book help with finding and catching bait, but it will help eliminate a lot of unproductive water for catching whatever species of fish you are looking for…Thanks Chad for the awesome info…
    Mitchell Rogers
    Spartanburg, SC

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jack (verified owner)

    Information was extremely helpful. My targeting of gamefish will change with the information learned in this eBook. Thanks Chad.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dane (verified owner)

    This ebook was very informative, it help me piece together what I already knew about finding shad and filled the gaps on what is was missing. I primarily fish smaller rivers that average 5 to 20 feet in depth. After reading this book I immediately started noticing little thinks I had been overlooking. I’m catching more shad and finding them faster. Thanks Chad for a great book.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    William Dodge (verified owner)

    WOW!! I’ve been fishing for Blues for many years with Shad as bait. I learned to fish with Shad cut bait from an old boy from Mississippi. Our method of getting the Shad was to cruise around the lake with a million candle-power light aimed towards the water until the Shad were following the light. Then we would “herd” them to an area where we could trap them between the shore and the boat and the war (and fun) would begin!! The Shad would go ballistic and we would then attempt to dip-net them!! This was probably as much fun as the actual fishing for the catfish, but was occasionally unproductive as this requires a fair amount of skill and luck! I learned more about Shad and catching them from reading this eBook once, than I ever knew about them in all my years of Blue fishing!!! BRAVO CHAD!!!!! Thanks for a great book on one of the subjects most dear to my heart, CATFISHING!!!!!!!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    remmsupply (verified owner)

    Great book. I much prefer fishing live shad for striped bass, but never really understood their habits. Like Bill Murray in Caddyshack, I now can “think like a gopher” and go get them any time I want.
    Rick McVicker

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Chad.cooley76 (verified owner)

    This is the best fishing literature I have bought and read. I truly believe this is going too improve my fishing. I will be putting the information to use here in Middle Georgia within a few weeks. I’m still rigging my new boat out with fish finder and Minn Kota. I look forward to my next read from your collection.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gkyle840 (verified owner)

    Very good product! It helped me to locate shad in the late fall and winter when I was having trouble finding any.

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    tunamanb52 (verified owner)

    Thanks Chad, Very valuable info.

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    tsmith2799 (verified owner)

    Dead on accurate information. My first time out after reading it, I caught bait and then caught a limit of catfish. Everything he says in here was just how it played out on the water. From the wind to the birds to the sonar to the net, water temperature…everything. now I go out with confidence that I will catch bait everytime instead of hoping. Many thanks Chad for sharing this valuable information.

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