For a couple weeks now when fishing alone I have been using "gasp" live bait quite a bit. I've never been a lure fishing snob but I do usually lure fish ninety percent of the time. We have a little program we do at Little Miami Inc's trail center in Loveland where we catch critters out of the river using either a seine, cast net, or minnow trap. Then after everybody gets a good look at whats in the river we release everything back into the river. Well this was so much fun I decided to do it in my fishing for a week or two just to see how it went. Of course we had record cold so I froze my butt off wading, then up and muddy water but all in all I did pretty good. I caught a dozen small smallmouths, a small carp, maybe thirty nice channel cats and half a dozen flatheads including one fish ohio one in four or five trips. Ive also been amazed at all the cool little critters Ive seined out of the Great and Little Miami's. From flatworms to hellgrammites, crayfish, dragonfly larvae, caddisfly larvae, and dozens of kinds of little fish from darters to shiners. (Lots of golden browns with a bit of orange in most of the darters BTW tube and grub fishers) One day I ran into Deltaoscar and his son while out with the seine. We rigged his son up with a hook and a splitshot up the line 8 or 9 inches and put on a minnow. He proceded to land two shovelheads and two channel cats all by himself in an hour. That's him you see with some fish in the pics. I also found that while catching that much bait (and assorted other critters) every trip was a great learning experience it was a heck of a lot of work and some times it took longer to catch bait than it did to catch something on it. With just like with every other kind of fishing, presentation is the key. I found one of the most effective ways to catch channels was with just a light wire hook and nothing else. I'd wade and flip the unweighted hook with a shiner on it up into a riffle or run and let it sweep back down. The Shovels liked a bigger bait anchored in big bend pools with enough weight to keep it from moving and hanging up. I'll probably work a bit more bait into my fishing in the future just because frankly its fun...