Hello everyone, After discovering this site today, my new interest in catfishing has peaked to new heights. I love eating catfish (mostly farmed raised) but never had the opportunity to catch one for the dinner table. Although I'm an advid saltwater angler off the Southern California coast, going out 3-4 times a week; I have only been out catfishing less than a dozen times in my whole life. BTW, I skunked on all those trips. I fish for SW species mosly in the bays, kelp beds, and island from Huntington Beach, CA. Like many of you, I'm hoping land that tophy catfish. I'm giving the pay lake another chance this week for channels and possibly the canals that feed from the Colorado River in about a month for some flathead. I went to the local bait shop to get some baits, hooks, and other stuff. Since my catfishing skills was limited, I don't know if I was taken advantage of when getting recommendations on baits from the store employees. I bought some frozen mac, but the store employess said their cured flavored Mackeral works much better. Although pricey at $18 for a 1lb jar, I gave in and bought 1. I also purchase several dozen Ghost Shrimp and a pack of squid. The employees swear by these baits. Has any members on this site used ghost shrimp or squid for channel cats. The ghost shrimp looks promising as it has a lot of eggs in it's belly. I don't know about the squid though. I was also told that marshmallow cocktail (shrimp and marshmallow) works wells to. How do you make this bait? Do you blend the 2 together in a blender or do you just hook the 2 on the hook. I don't want to get skunked again when I go out this week so if anyone can give me any tips for a successful trip, I would greatly appreciate it. I'm not as concerned with setting the hook as to them taking the bait in the first place. Most of my skunked in the past was a result of untouched bait. Thanks everyone and I look forward to learning and contributing more on this site.