Try them or not, you choose, but I have had success in this past year with these-
I don't expect to not use the tried and true sunfish or mudcats as bait but these are new options-
One is much easier to come by than the other for sure though.
First we went on a Brazos trip below Pk a while back and I brought chicken thighs, been using them for blues and keeping it in the bait rotation.
I just cut what I want for the bait, I don't flavor it with anything anymore, no dead red, no juices, no Kool-Aid.
I've also caught a few flatheads and blues on thighs and drumsticks fishing lake Waxahachie, the flatties were out of the creek feeding the lake.
We caught two flatties (4 to 5lbs) and a channel cat on thighs that trip, my phone went swimming so no pics from that trip , but hey, you know what small flatties and a channel looks like.
The other new bait presented itself this Saturday also at the Brazos during an overnight trip below PK.
This little 12-14 inch snake was crawling around on the bait bucket I had the spoils of the castnet in, and the bucket was very close to me by the bank where I had my tent set up.
I'm not a snake guy so I don't know what kind it is/was.
It's a snake.
I shoo'd it away and it swam back up after a few minutes, my son shoo'd it away with the kayak paddle and swam into some grass/weeds but returned again....so I wacked it with the end of my rod and it went all contortionist on me.
I picked it up with my rod and dispatched it.
I remembered reading about Shane Davies wacking a snake and putting on a hook and catching a pretty big bass, so I thought what the heck?
I had one of my pro angler rods with an abu that I had broke off on a rock or something and hadn't re-rigged yet.
I put on a jig head on that rig and put the snake on, and asked my son to take a couple of pics just in case we caught something on it we would have pics at least.
This trip the "normal" bait worked the most, we caught two other flatties on live perch, and a blue.
But the snake won the big fish pot this weekend.
Sorry for the abundance of old man skin, I don't edit well on the phone.