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    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
    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

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    • #3
      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.
      Those that are successful in Alaska are those who are flexible, and allow the reality of life in Alaska to shape their dreams, vs. trying to force their dreams on the reality of Alaska.

      If you have a tenuous grasp of reality, Alaska is not for you.

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      • #4
        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.

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        • #5
          I have used rock salt. This makes your herring firm up.
          Living the Alaskan Dream
          Gary Keller
          Anchorage, AK

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          • #6
            '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.

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            • #7
              If it smells they will eat it
              Living the Alaskan Dream
              Gary Keller
              Anchorage, AK

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