Reddibait shad and skipjack can be awesome...
Stink baits and bagged shad, cheese, liver, hot dogs and all that mess...I've personally never seen a flathead caught on it...let alone a big one.
Live bait is my go-to. I don't mess around on the river trying to catch bait. Just not usually easy/quick to find. I hit a pond or lake or creek prior to going...
Don't know what it was but last night was the best night I've had since June up here. I put 5 on the bank. One being a 16 pounder which is my biggest up here.
Fish definitely get pressured and either move or get tight lipped in popular spots.
I am sure there's probably some fish guarding nests..but the fishing is a lot better than it's been and getting better daily.
I was planning to fish a tournament with a buddy tonight but that's not gunna happen. Working 7 nights in a row has turned me into a vampire. Last night I fell asleep around 5. Doubt I make it.