Tonight I used cut blueback herring (very similar to shad) for the first time. The fish were dead 5 minutes after I got to my fishing spot - which was fine because they were for cut bait anyway. Well, for the first 45 minutes - the channels were biting like crazy. Every 10 minutes another bite. Well, after 45 minutes - the bite stopped. I was just wondering if this was because my herrings were "not fresh" anymore? They were only dead for an hour or so. Is it best to keep them alive until right before I'm going to use them? Or is it okay for them to be dead for a few hours? And, do I just leave them in the bucket of water or should I take them out of the water after they die. Thanks for any advice!