First method is used for catching skip jack herring below dams in the Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland Rivers and its tributaries. Other river in the mid west and south east will sometimes also have skip jack available. Skip jack herring is one of the most popular baits that anglers use for catching very large Blue cats in big rivers.
The second method for catch trophy catfish bait is the golden eye, Moon eye or other wise known as tooth herring. This widely distrubuted forage fish is also a very popular bait to use when fishing in the rivers in the south eat/ mid west.