Please help me! I had went out yesterday July 27th onto the Potomac river to try my hand at cut bait for some big blues. We launched from Fort Washington at about 9am. The tide was running and going out. I tried jigging a sabiki along the docks with no luck for some fresh bait with no luck. I had the cast net with me, but did not try it, as am new with using cast nets, and I hadnt practices in a couple months. As a back up, I had some thawed and previously frozen white perch. We first tried the 35-foot mark just south of the Fort Washington lighthouse for about an hour and a half with no luck. We then moved up to Smoots Bay and set up in about 25 feet. We set out our two baits of cut perch, and to get the skunk out of the box, we each fish livers with second rods. We did catch about 6 small channels, but nothing would take the cut, previously frozen bait. Nothing, that is, until a 29 ½ inch gar took one of the baits. We tries Smoots for about an hour an a half all told, and then moved to the 18 foot mark just below the Wilson Bridge, and just below the spoils. We fished here for about an hour, moved to the spoils and fished it for about an hour. We could not coax a thing on either livers or the cut bait. I know this is kind of a stupid question, but should I be using fresh bait exclusively? Am I wasting my time using previously frozen?? I would appreciate any advice.