Just an FYI on the legality of using Bluegill for bait. It's perfectly legal. You can use ANY fish (gamefish even) you catch on rod n' reel for bait as long as they're of legal length and you're not transporting them from one water to another.if there are indeed "fat cats" in this pay lake then use some large live bait, especially if you want to catch a monster shovelhead. 6" to 8" goldfish, 8" creek chubs, blugill(i think its illegal but nothing beats a lively gill). ive done a ton of shovelhead fishing over the years and honestly the best rigs to use are heavy braided line with a 1oz slip sinker tied above a barrel swivel then tie on about 20" of heavy mono as a leader with a 4/0 hook. think of it like a heavy duty carolina rig. it allows the bait to swim somewhat freely. as far as gear goes, get a decent baitcaster with a bait clicker on it, a heavy action 7' rod (despite what you see and people tell you, you dont need one of those ocean style broomstick rods). tie on one of those huge creek chubs or one of your pet gold fish and hold on! if your wanting to catch blues or channels then take those same creek chubs or bluegills and cut them up. or try the always trustee but expensive, shrimp. also chicken liver never fails to deliver tons of bites.