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#1 bbb9


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Posted 10 November 2018 - 08:26 PM

how do you tell the difference ? besides size. From what pictures i've seen shad have spots or something but im not sure if that is a reliable tell.

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 12:38 PM

Gaspereau, which are actually two distinct species of herring; the alewife, and the blueback herring, are typically in the 10-14 inch range, and maybe about a half a pound in weight. Shad, which are also a species of herring, are MUCH larger, and typically fall in the 4-11(11 pounds is the world record) pound range. I know you said "besides size" but their coloration can be very close, so looking at their size is the easiest way to tell them apart... 


Other than that I do find that Shad tend to be more silvery, but that probably depends on how long it's been since they'd been in the ocean....

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 10:56 AM

I think staffman is steering you correctly.  Unless you want to count gill rakers, (40 vs 70), size is it.  And WAY less invasive on the fish.


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