I normally use live gizzard shad, blue back herring, or bream/sunfish while chasing big nasty flatheads. I've heard a lot of people using crappie for flatheads. I've wanted to try it but I can never seem to catch a crappie when I set out to chase flatheads, legally that is, I always catch them in my cast net but not on rod and reel. How many of you out there prefer to use crappie as bait or use/have used crappie with success? I know alot use them b/c of their size but I usually catch big shad and bream. Funny thing is I caught my biggest flathead on a scrawny 6 inch blue back herring!