If bigun caught a fish the time must be now!! He only fishes twice a year! When it hot in fall, and when its hot in spring!!
No joke, the fish tell you down lines light line or planners! And they also tell you, ales peanuts moneymaker and jumbo! By looking at location on Finder will give you an indication as to what to try first! 25ft and below try the down lines, some light lines! If they are on the bottom in 25ft try light lines and free lines, and if they are above 20ft bottom all free lines and couple of lights!
The bigger shad should be moving shallow pretty good now! But the best bite is ales till about 60 degrees! Then its time for your big baits! Don't get me wrong, big baits will get slammed now too! (If available allway have out a big bait, big bait = big fish or bigger fish)
This is what I consider "putting out a spread"! Put out different baits&patterns and let the fish determine what they want!!
I'll usually run a mix throughout the year with the exception of the peak of summer and when I'm not messing with bait when I exchange the live bait for jigging rods in winter. 2-3 planers out each side, a couple of light-lines a float or two and then 2 - 4 downlines up front. The other exception might be in early spring when I'm pulling close to the banks and the fish are not moving out in the main water column as much - and then I'm typically only pulling big bait.
With planers you can also run a mix of weights - when its warmer you want to run more weight and/or distance behind the board on those lines to get the baits deeper - as the water cools, less to no weight. And I'll run a mix - freelines closer to the bank-side, typically with my bigger shad, and then light-lines with ales channel-side to run deeper water - if I feel I'm going to be pulling back and forth a lot (vs. a single long pull in one direction), then I'll put the deeper baits close to the boat and the freelines on the outside so I don't have to flip everything around and redeploy when I turn back....
Sure hoping the big bait is starting to move into the creeks - it's about time. I checked several creek backs that were in the R32-R49 area a few weeks back and did not see any big bait flipping and didn't find anything with a number of throws - tons and tons of small "peanuts" however....