I'm new to the usage of live bait. In the past I've used mostly chicken liver and glow worms (radioactive nightcrawlers), which have been successful for the 1-3 lb. range. I've been reading up on catfish lately, mostly through here and a few other sites (don't remember what they were, though) and have come to the conclusion that what I have been using doesn't work as well for bigger fish. So, I have a few questions that I would really appreciate having answered. 1. What's better, live or cut shad? 2. Are bluegill worth using? And does anyone know if they are considered gamefish in Illinois? 3. What is slipjack? 4. Is there any specific live baits that are better for types of catfish? IE cut shad for blue or slipjack for flathead, etc.? 5. Are minnows even worth the time and effort? Thank you very much!