First off, I've never tried fishing for blues in the winter, or any other fish for that matter. I mainly fish for flatheads. I'm planning to go out this evening and give this winter thing a go. I will be bank fishing on a river, and my bait options for this time of year would be limited to large 3" minnows. Shad would be the best bait, but this time of year I have no access to shad. My question for you folks is, would using large minnows be worth a try?