I'm a long time catfisherman. However, until very recently, I used nightcrawlers and chicken livers as bait. But, after perusing the threads in this section, and doing a little extra research, I am now of the mind that using shad, cut or live, or bluegill is probably the best course to take. I have recently started entering tournaments and, while my teammate and I have been finishing middle of the pack, we need to consistently catch 6lbs to 10lbs to have a shot at placing. So I went to google.com and found my way to this site. I think I've found a new home. I just wanted to thank everyone who has taken the time to share their strategies for actually catching "the one that got away". Now, I just need to go fishing (for baitfish) to go fishing. It's like Doublemint Gum, double the fun.