Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Threadfin Herring/Shad/Sardine

Distribution in Mexico fishing areas
The Deepbody Thread Herring is a common coastal pelagic species that is reported to be found in all Mexican fishing waters. It is a member of the Clupeidae family which consists of Herrings, Menhadens, Pilchards, Piquitingas, Sardines, Shads and Threadfin-herrings which are known in Mexico as sardines.

 The threadfin is distinguishable at a glance by the prolonged last ray of its dorsal fin. With a bluish-black back, silver sides and belly. Their scales along the back have dark centers, and there is a dark spot just behind the upper gill plate cover. 

 Bait Fish
The Atlantic Thread Herring makes for a good bait fish when targeting Tarpon, Kingfish, Blacktip and Spinner Sharks, Jack Crevalle, Redfish and Snook. Commonly in the 6-8 inch range, they make good king Mackerel baits.  They also make a very good cut bait when bottom fishing.

Catching method
They can be caught with a cast net but a heavy, large mesh net is required. Sabiki jigs are another common method of catching them.  They are somewhat difficult to keep alive for long periods of time in a live well but can be penned if the pen is large and in an area with a good water exchange.

Yes ,but not recommended 

Method mostly used 
Chumming, is the practice of luring animals, usually fish or sharks, by throwing "chum" into the water. Chum often consists of fish parts and blood, which attract fish, particularly sharks due to their keen sense of smell.

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