From what I've experienced... Wipers like em fresh. I've actually experienced with two rods. One with a crayfish that's been dead for several hours and the other rod rigged with a tail from a freshly peeled one. The rod with fresh crayfish tail got more hits. I actually tested this several times. Same goes from those pretty looking purplish red live crawdads bought from the Asian Supermarket. Those don't get hits like the crayfish caught from local ponds and creeks.Wheelman said:I've caught some tonite and am going to fish with them at Glendo this weekend. Do I really need to keep them alive? I was just going to rip their tails of and take them fishing with me in a bucket. Will that not work? Let me know soon so i know what to do in the morning.