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    Will silvers hit the same size of cut-plug herring than the kings or do they need to be downsized.?

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    Hungry silvers will hit just about anything. Tite lipped ones are more difficult to put in the box.

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    The bait doesn't need to be downsized, but you can fillet a herring and cut that fillet into several oversize postage stamp size pieces to put on a mooching rig. I'd rather catch several silvers on single herring than only one.
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    Can they pick up the scent of the smaller bait Paul? Im assuming that is the main attraction to using bait. ( or maybe its a visual thing )Sounds way more economical to use strips though. Do you , or can you, put herring strips on with a hoochie skirt ?

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    I just take a 3/0 or 4/0 hook with a hochie over it and a piece of herring about 2 inches long cut at a double 45 degree angle. It works great for me, well for the hungry ones. I dont think its is a scent thing when mooching, they are just feeding on everything around them.

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    It's always best to match what they are feeding on. I've noticed very few whole herring in the silvers I catch, mostly in Aialik Bay. Usually I find they have been feeding on small anchovies, about 2-2 1/2 inches long. I fillet the herring and then cut diagonal strips about 2-2 1/2 inches long and put one piece on each hook of a salmon mooching rig. Seems to work for me and the herring lasts a long time.

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