I read another post recently where mussels were mentioned as bait. I fished Lake Eufaula yesterday, using Danny King Blood and chicken livers. Anyway, the small ones were biting all day long, mostly on the livers, but they were hitting the DK also. Well, we went through 2 tubs of livers which is all we brought with us and as the kids were making a pile of mussels next to us, I decided to pry open a couple and try it out. My wife had one pole rigged up with a smaller size (size 3) circle hook, so I cut one of the mussels in half and she stuck it on her hook. She did get a few hits but was unable to hook into anything on it. On one of my poles I was using a size 5/0 or 6/0 circle (can't remember which), so I pried open another mussel, bigger this time and put the whole thing on my hook. I cast that thing out there and hadn't even thought about it swimming around, lol, but the next thing I know, my line had traveled clear over to the right and my wife tried to blame me for throwing over all her lines, lol. I apologized and figured I must be losing my mind or not paying attention, when I looked up and my line was all the way over to the left, lol. Thats when it hit me that that mussel must be swimming around looking for a hiding place and I didn't have a heavy enough sinker on to keep it still. Anyway, I had never used these for bait, but I am sure they would be great, especially live. I would have done better if I could have gotten out into the deeper water which we were unable to do from where we were on the bank. That thing was strong enough to "click" my baitclicker a couple of notches every few minutes, but I never had a hit on it. All we caught were very small ones all day, although we did take 3 of the "bigger" small ones home along with a stringer full of bluegill, which was enough (along with some hushpuppies) for a fish dinner last night. Didn't mean to drag this post out so long, but just wanted to hear if you have done any good with these mussels as they are free and for some reason I have never used them before.