Hey all, noticed the post before on a certain type of herring, there is also another type of bait I have had success with that some may or may not know about, its called Whiting. Here locally in Ohio you can get a 2lb bag of it at krogers. Basically its a fish in the frozen food section. I am sure many from abroad have different grociery chaines that carry this. It comes in long strips, and blues and channels love it. We use it alot in the winter, and some in the summer when bait is stubborn and hard to come by sometimes. I am sure it doesnt compare to shad, skips, and other herring, but it will catch you some fish. Its a great fail safe when you need bait fast. Hope this can help some out..