Nice catch. The longest Gizzard Shad caught was 22.5 inches. You are close to catching the largest one ever. If it was 3 inches longer I would have put your fish in the running for the biggest shad ever. Way to go! WG
Gizzard shad spawn every year and provide food for stripers. The young fish grow quickly and become too big for stripers to eat after 2 years. After that, they get even bigger, then they spawn and produce more small shad which is great striper forage. Threadfin shad never grow big enough to avoid striper predation. They only have a great spawn about every third year. Threadfin numbers fluctuate and TFS are not always there to provide food for stripers. Having both kinds of shad provides enough forage to keep stripers growing each year.So where are all the big stripers that were supposed to grow huge when the gizzard shad matured?