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What’s the preferred technique? Cast net? What do you with them? Bait for bass fishing or catfish?
Watchya talkin... Fun fish on the fly or light tackle with a great history, see "The Founding Fish" book. Haven't fished them here in FL, but had a lot of fun up on the Eastern Shore with them. When they're hitting, they will give you a sore arm, feisty battlers.
 

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As long as I have ladyfish - those shad will be safe from me... Particularly the ocean run size (too big to get a hand around...). They'll attack anything that comes near and will wear you out with just a 7wt... When it's on I can keep three anglers hooked up continuously (one with fly -the other two with light spinning rods).

A big ladyfish, nearing 30" overall will burn a hundred yards of line when you hook one then begin jumping just like a tarpon..

The smaller ones - say less than 15" might just be the best bait for big fish in the backcountry.... of the 'Glades...
 

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I think some people eat the roe. Otherwise the are boney like a mini tarpon. Catch and release only for me. I also keep a silicone style net to land them to keep the fish from hurting itself. They will flop around and damage themselves if you let them. It's the only other fish aside from Salmon that I know of in North America that run from the ocean back to their freshwater birth place to spawn every year. On a 5 wt they are a blast. It's also the only fly fishing in FL that resembles salmon fishing up north, which makes it a really fun change of pace.
 

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Also forgot to mention the shad we get live in the ocean for 4 years before returning back to the St. John's to spawn. That's a long run from the mouth of the St. John's in Jax down to the Econ, 50 and 528.
 

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Been fishing them for the past 10 years with great success over the past 5-6 years. Took some trial and error but have it figured out. It can be difficult because it's a relatively short window of time to get it dialed in.
 
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