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For channel cats what would work as a better cut bait; freshly cut Bluegill or frozen Shad (caught and frozen alive) ? "Gills just don't seem to have that oily strong smeel like Shad, yet fresh is better seems to be mosts motto here . -Thanks
 

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In the Ohio river here it seems the Channels and Flatties prefer the cut Bluegill Heads. Shad does pretty good too but I've caught a lot more on Bluegill heads. I guess it just depends on your area.
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Both are good cut-baits, but here in the current of the Ca. Delta I have to go with the "Shad". :confident:
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I use both and it depends on the day. One point, cut gills will catch you 3-6 fish per bait, whereas Shad I am lucky if I catch two before the bait is gone or too tattered to stay on the hook.
 

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sometimes i do better on cut perch than cut shad. the good thing about perch is, if your shad aren't doing the trick, the perch are usually somewhere close! on rivers shad is always the ticket for me, or in wintertime lakes. in summer cut perch has saved many a trip for my family.
 

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I have never caught a nice flatty on cut shad or perch, only live perch, but for cats i would go for the shad. If you are running trotlines you will find that a line with cut shad will catch far less turtles than a line with cut perch, I dunno why it is just my personal experience.
 
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