Always fresh liver. My personal experience, from many years of fishing Channel Catfish, is that fresh bait will always outperform that rotten bait myth.Diehard said:now the secrets out I really like using rotten chicken liver tied up in spawn sacs when I fish the jd
This holds true even for prepared (stink, punch) baits.
A freshly opened package of prepared bait will catch fish at a three to one or better rate than that can of last year's bait you kept in your tackle box.
Many times I've heard the complaint that the fish are tired of or used to a bait that worked last time.
When what is really going on is the bait has just lost some of its ability to spread its scent in the water.