I primarily flathead fish and use live gills. I don't even feel like fishing if all I have is cut bait....
Stinkbait???? I'm all natural (except for those Cumberland River frozen skips).
All i use is live or freshly cut bait, every now and then chicken livers but have only caught small ones with the liver.
I very seldom will use something that is store bought, almost always it is cut or live bait. i prefer live to cut, as i target flats mostly and the live bait seems to do the best work. every once in a blue moon if the fish aren't biting and my fishing buddy has some, i will use some stink or bought bait more as a last ditch effort to catch a small channel or something to make the trip not a waste.
if im fattie flattie fishing i use live bream, live shad,live anything really...carp and 12 inch large mouth :)
blues, and channels id say cut bait works best, but the old school chicken liver does the job aswell as the trout chow i make up. blues love it!
- Lonnie Haffelder
I do have some Secret 7 in the boat, but it does not get much use except when I've got the grand kids at the tank at home. Mainly gizzard shad, some threadfin, and cut buffalo.
It's pretty much only cut or live bait for me. I have never had any luck on prepared baits. Livers of all kinds work REALLY well.
- John A.
99% of the time I'll have live bait out on a couple rods for Flatties. I'll have fresh cut bait from my live bait that dies on another 1 or 2 for Blues.
During the warmer months I usually don't even go if I can't get plenty of live bait to take.
Winter months I'll use whatever baits are left over in my freezer...Shad, Skipjack, Gills, Etc.
I mostly fish for channels. I usually use cut bait. I sometimes use live sunfish. I have no need for anything else.
98% of the time
Live or cut bait. Nothen ses dinner served to 50+lb blues like a half pound chunk of fresh bloody carp fillet. I have used some prepared baits and store baits in the past like corn, livers and $20 side of salmon. Any more I just want live or fresh cut. Worms are still on the top of my list it always amazzed me how many 30+ flatts and blues I get on a ball of worms fished in a good spring time rise.