We all have our secretes on what to use for bait? I share some of mine when it comes to bait hell, I feel if I don't share what I have learned over the years I'm useless because its kinda in someways effects the future of Cating. That's just my opinion though and I respect those who don't share. A little bit about my self. When it comes to fishing I don't take what I'm not going to eat. If bait is still alive when I'm done I past it on, release it, bring back home place it back in the bait tank. If dies I bring back home cut it, season it, and freeze for the next time I go fishing... Sorry I had to get that out of he way.... Here is something to try with cut bait and Live Bait: Bluegill steaks or filets : Soak in a jar w/ garlic,soy sauce, curry,meat tenderizer, and Crawl Fish puree (basically anything with strong odor). Keep in the frig. Put this in the sun to long and you get chumb. Either way it works. I also freeze it good for summer and winter blue as well as the channel too... Beating The Meat: Before you cut up your bluegill or other bait fish beat it with a blunt object to release the blood in the meat. hint: de scale and de fin the bait before cutting, cuts the chance of the fish spitting bait out. The softer the better and no fins poking around in side the mouth of the beast. Live Bait Fish : Hook behind the anus of the fish near the tail keeps fish swimming natrually. Has aways worked for me. Hint: becareful casting though bait may come off easy if cast to hard or if you hit the breaks to hard on those bait casters...LOL!! I hate when that happens... Baby carp work great. Bluegill head Tipped w/ leech Crappie head tipped w/ red worm Curled Shiner tipped w/ leech Chub sliced down the belly tipped w/ leech "I love the sound of bait clicker singing on a quiet night, it feels good to wake up to a bent pole anna straight line"