Ok Ive fished all my life but until the last year or so, I was the type to go get whatever rod/reel was on sale at Kmart or whatever, grab some nightcrawlers and fish for whatever I could catch, 5 or 6 times a year. Now I really want to get into some serious catfishing. I love my good ole Zebco 33 but got a baitcaster for fathers day and am currently learning how to get backlashes out of it lol. Ive read alot of posts here and seen answers to most of my questons, but Im going to ask a few posibly dumb ones of you NC guys and Gals. I bank fish, Mostly Lookout Shoals lake (near Hickory) or below the dam there in the Catawba River, sometimes upper Lake Norman near Catawba. The biggest Cat Ive caught was maybe 6-7 pounds, and that was in a creek 20 years ago or so. 1 Chicken Liver. What is the best way to keep it on a hook. Ive done better draping it over a trebble hook but still lose alot of it. 2 Beef Liver- Does it work as bait? my mom said it would probably stay on a hook better. I love the way Chicken Gizzards stay on but have had one bite using them, and I think it was a turtle. 3 Store bought catfish bait. Does any of it work. Seems like once a year I buy some, and never get a bite. 4 Using bream, is it ok to freeze it then use it later? Seems like when I catch Bream it's with the kids and we are not really catfishing. When I try to catch them for bait, I dont catch any. 5 What is the quickest, most humane way to kill a Cat? Maybe Im a wuss but I don't like to see them skinned alive, and my Girlfriend would nail them to a tree and do it, if I would let her. So I usually just leave him out of water until he dies which isn't too fun for him either. She says she can't skin them with the head cut off. I don't eat em so I don't skin them. Also any general tips would be great. I don't have to catch a 40 pounder (would be real nice though) if I can just catch a few eating size cats on a regular basis, I can fish more without alot of stress from my girlfriend. She has back problems and don't fish much anymore, though she used to love it. Thanks in advance for any help you guys/gals can provide. This is a great site and Ive already learned alot.