I like to sacrifice larger shiners just for their scales. Ill take my thumb nail and work em off in the hole and a big cloud of scales slowly make their way down. Ive never been a fan of a pile of dead minnows under my hole.
Fished today from 23ft-33ft. Moved 8 times. 3 guys. 2 fish. Thus far.... Case anyone else who prefers an honest report cares to hear one.
75+yrs experience with 40+ on this lake during winter. For whatever its worth.