Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: halibut bait question

  1. #1
    Member AKMarmot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    758

    Question halibut bait question

    What size herring do you prefer for halibut fishing ? I usually can only find the blue & purple label but on occassion find the x-large ones. Also can you reuse it or is it done & segul food after it thaws ?
    I have 2 or 3 pcks of extra that were not opened las time I went out but obviously thawed as they sat in the cooler over the weekend. Upon returning sunday I refroze them but wonder if they will be any good to use or if when they start to thaw again they will just turn to mush.
    I did see B&J commercial is carrying a pro cure brine that if you use before thawing will allow you to refreeze & reuse but not sure if this is hype or not. Anyone have any experience using it ?

    Thanks,

  2. #2
    Forum Admin Brian M's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Eagle River, AK
    Posts
    12,859

    Default

    They'll be fine after you re-freeze and re-thaw them. We do that with our herring used for commerical fishing bait and never have a problem. They might be a little stinky, but will still be effective. As for size, I don't imagine it makes a difference. We cut them up into 2-3" pieces, though for sport fishing I might use a bit bigger chunk.

    -Brian

  3. #3
    Moderator Paul H's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage
    Posts
    5,464

    Default

    It's the oil in the fish that attracts the buts, so soaking them in the water and leaching the oils is what makes bait no good, freeze thaw isn't a big deal. You can always pick up a jug of herring oil and a syringe to inject extra oil in your bait.

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Kenai, AK
    Posts
    196

    Default

    We use the big ol "horse" herring...probably about 10" long or so. Then we'll usually cut them in half with a diagonal cut. Can find them in just about any stores bait freezer in Kenai/Soldotna/Ninilchik/Anchor Point/Homer area.

    Sometimes throw a chunk of squid or octopus on the hook along with the herring for good measure.

  5. #5
    Member Alaska Gray's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage, Alaska, United States
    Posts
    4,918

    Default

    I have used rock salt. This makes your herring firm up.

  6. #6
    Member AK_Kid's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Palmer
    Posts
    176

    Default

    'Buts really aren't picky. Last weekend, I went out of Whittier with a couple of buddies. When it came time for lunch, we realized that the turkey we bought in Girdwood was rotton and moldy. For giggles, we slapped it on a hook and dropped it in about 120 ft. We had a 35-pounder up and in the box within fifteen minutes.

  7. #7
    Member Alaska Gray's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Anchorage, Alaska, United States
    Posts
    4,918

    Default

    If it smells they will eat it

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •