Brothers, I've been catfishing a lot 4 years ago as most of you know I picked it up. Well I chased flatties pretty much my whole catfishing experience, now i moved closer to the ohio river and and now I have big blues in my sights. My first question is when using cut bait like skip jack, do you basiclly filet it or cut it some other way. My second question is when using a bait fish that is regular to that area such as blue gills is there any special way to cut it. Most of my small blues 6-8 pounds this year have came off blue gill heads. Third Question(I know this is getting old but I am curious:roll_eyes When using shad is there any special way to cut them. Now my Fouth and final question. I've pretty much fished with gami octopus hooks the whole time catfishing. I come from bass fishing and it is hard to break myself of setting the hook but i pretty much have that down, but when i get the fish to the shore it's not a good hook, not in the cornor of the mouth, its bearly got them inside the mouth and this is 5-6/0 hooks.