Everybody knows that the old favorite chicken liver is an awesome bait for channel and blues. The problem with it is that it doesn't want to stay on the hook very well without being tied or otherwise wrapped up...which is a pain in the butt. Here's another option. Anybody ever hear of Beef Melt? It is a muscle that occurs inside a cows digestive system...and can be obtained by going to your local meat processor that makes their own kills. Nothing is wasted in places like these. At the meat locker here...the same one where a guy could buy steaks and hamburger and have your deer processed...I can get it for $2...enough for several fishing trips. This stuff comes in a large strip that looks like an oversized cow tounge and will need to be cut up into usable smaller pieces for bait...and is bloody similar to liver. Except this stuff will NOT come off the hook. The only thing is that it doesnt put off as much of the juices that a liver will. I started soaking my melt in chicken liver juice to make it more appealing and it was the best thing since sliced bread....one of those things too good to be true...but really works. Give it a try sometime.