surfcasting baits

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  • #7264
    kaituna ian
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    Could anyone tell me when using mussels as bait do you cook them first, I have only been using raw squid so far and sometimes raw fish.

    #22327
    yellowfin
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    i dont cook em

    #22328
    kaituna ian
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    The fiery ginga

    #22329
    Baitboy
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    Hi Kaituna , you can cook them ,but you loose some scent in doing so.
    Other options are Bait elastic, which is a stretchy cotton product available at most fishing shops, simply wind around your bait as required ,no knots needed.
    Bait sock, a muslin stocking type product, that you can make into a bait sausage, available at some stores, some of your/your wifes old pantyhose can work, at a pinch.
    Adding salt to any shellfish, draws out moisture,making the bait tougher,and it dosen’t seem to put the fish off.
    I just shell what ever bait im using , and layer it with sea salt in jar or iceream container, leave it to toughen up over night.
    Kept cool with lid on ,salted bait can last quite a while without refrigeration.

    #22336
    kaituna ian
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    Cool baitboy i have heard that before about salt that was my next question ,I shall be doing that next a seafood salted cocktail wrapped on with the bait elastic that i use anyhow to keep bait on when casting

    #22337
    Miliwolf
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    I always like to use my bait as fresh as possible, if I can not use fresh I would use frozen. Not a fan of salted or cooked bait.

    #22338
    fishforpot
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    Plain salt ….NO anti caking agent ….
    $1.40 a kilo at BinInn

    #22340
    troutfishernz
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    Yep make sure you use non iodised salt when salting baits.
    I have done salted baits before mainly squid and its ok but fresh bait is definitely better. Frozen bait is good too provided its not thawed and refreezed too many times.

    #22349
    kaituna ian
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    Thanks for all your replys guys ,some handy pointers there in regards to salting ,
    fresh is best but salted will last the weekend.

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