Still having trouble hooking prespawn giants on artificials? Go live. When all else fails, guide Jim Hanley drifts live shiners through the staging areas on Lake Erie to put his clients on the best numbers and biggest fish of the year. The method will work on any deep-water lake. Hanley drags shiners on a three-way rig in the 30-foot depth range, tying his rigs in such a way that it puts the bait at eye level of the fish. In water that deep and cold, strikes can be subtle, which often results in gut hooking, as clients let the fish eat too long. To help reduce release mortality, Hanley uses circle hooks only.