Everyone has his or her little secret that they think or know makes them a successful catfisherman. Whether it is the rig you use, your spot, your speed, your secret bait, how you present your bait, or whatever else you feel gives you an advantage. I want to start by sharing mine and hopefully some of you share yours. I prefer to drift fish and the way I present my bait in my opinion gives me an advantage over others I fish with/against. I use a carolina rig with a float which I think gives me an advantage over some but this is common knowledge. What gives me an advantage is the way I cut and put my bait on the hook. First I slice a thin piece of one side of the shad making a little flappy fillet, then I cut out the gut pocket, cutting off as much unnecesarry meat as possible. I do this because I want the scent but I also do not want to cram the bend of my hook with bait. I put the gut pocket on first and then I put the little flapper on the hook with most hanging off. Hook it twice so it does not come back over the point. This gives my bait tons of action. I have sat next to chunkers and always outfish them. I even test it from one pole to another. I never outfish this bait preperation. Well this is my little secret. Some of you may use this and say well that is no secret but to some it is. So if you have a better one share it and help some of the others increase there chances of catching more and bigger fish.