First off, the lake I fish is loaded with shad and herrin and bream. Problem is the shad is only about finger length (at best,which are thin) and the herrin is about 4" long (also thin). The gills you can easily catch are only about as long as your index finger too. I am wanting something that is a "thicker" bait to use for cutbait. I have read that carp make good bait? I'm targeting 5-8+ lb. channels and blues. Since shad, herrin, and bream are abundant in my lake would you just double the amount of cut bait on the hook or look for another bait to use. I'm trying to get a large enough bait so the 1-2 lbs. stay away. Your thoughts?!?