not sure where to buy live bait near there, but if you are after blues the way we catch em out there is the same way we catch channels. get you a throw net (cast net) get you some shad cut the back quarter off hook the head through the eyes and let her go. fish about a foot or two off the bottom. you want to catch shad at least 4 inches long that way when you cut the tail off you still got a good piece of bait. If we catch big shad then sometimes we just cut it up different ways and use about 2 inch peices. and the way you fish it is up to you i like the heads but know some who like the tails but we never had any luck on em whole. hope this helps good luck from harrodsburg. happy fishing.