I was trying some cut shad a few days ago and used the middle section with the guts in it . i kept getting quick bites and then nothing . after 10 minutes of so i would reel in the bait and noticed the catfish was getting the guts out of the cut shad . so i then decided to experiment with shad using whole , cut , heads , guts , tail , and whole just scaled , and whole scaled with about 3 to 4 cuts in the sides . after about 5 hours just fishing on bottom it seemed the channels wanted the guts or small pieces about 1 inch x 3 inch . the flat heads seem to like the whole shad scaled with cuts in the side kept 12 of the 27 we caught smallest being 6 pounds and i would have pictures if i hadnt had my camera go swimming in coffeen lake last saturday :angry:. im sure other lakes are different and i have never seen a blue come from the lake i was fishing i hear the blues like the heads . im headed to the kaskaskia this weekend to see what the different baits do there . i usually use sonnys blood and it produces but hardly ever over 10 pounds so im trying to figure out the shad as bait thing any suggestions would be valuable .