Which shad to choose when uncovering new grounds?

These last few weeks in France have been tough. The fish seems to have settled again on the edge, where they sometimes swim for long distances in search of prey of all sizes. This is how you can search for them.

I had precisely chosen to equip my 4D Herring Shad with two trebles. In the areas I had chosen, the fishing pressure is such that very soft bites are frequent. The first drifts were not revealing. I was painting bottoms between four and six meters, my 4D Herring Shad was licking the weed beds of this early season perfectly — but nothing. A baby pike strikes my lure when it fell into the water. This alerted me: what if the fish were standing at the top of the water column and not at the foot as I expected?

I had weighed the 4D Herring Shad down by only 20g (I like to fish at the limit of being able to feel the bottom), so I knew that by simply turning the screwing head a quarter, I could get a better gliding. After adjusting the head, I started casting straight towards the bank, to bring the lure down along the grassy drop off.


The Herring Shad, because of its very particular profile, very flat, can fish very deep as well as glide very slowly downhill, and often without changing the weight of the jig head.

Fifty meters of drift further on, I had put two pikes in the net, including a superb fish! I was delighted.

But already, the conditions were changing. The wind calmed down and the bites stopped... well for a while: by simply changing colors, going from natural to fire tiger, I quickly found the fish at the foot of the drop off. And always in 20g! Incredible this lure!