I use live bait if it is available.
Also use a lot of asian carp that we catch out of the river. It's against the rules in Misery to return those to the water alive,
even if you shove a 10/0 circle hook through them first, so they are used either chunked or flayed depending on their size.
I'm not fishing for channel cats out there, so I don't mess around with any sort of rotten smelling baits.