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Was thinking of running more meat this year then i have in the past and have made some meat strips out of king salmon skin with pretty good luck but was thinking i might try buying some large shiners used for ice fishing and brine them then just pine them into meat heads has anybody tried this ?

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I was wondering where I could buy fresh herring to use to brine but this sounds like a good idea too. Do you keep the shiners whole or fillet them before you brine them.

Thanks for any information.

Boat Safe

Egoody

 

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Keep 10 a day from the Hudson River during April and May, find a friend on stripers247.com n trade a trip if can't make it down there for a few trips. Also Atommik has good quality bait. His are Pacific herring supposed to be a lil oilyer than the Atlantic. Brine then freeze.

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For the large pike size shiners i would brine them fresh and freeze then thaw and use as need i would  leave them whole . Back when i fished for bluefin tuna we would use kosher salt and ice water on fresh machs and they looked great when we thawed them out to troll with .

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What is a good brine for curing? And what is a good hardy bait fish to use?


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Any fish can be brined so use what you want to fish with all you need is box of kosher salt you can add some mule team borax or backing soda helps with color .Key is fresh fish lots of kosher salt and ice water let sit in brine 6 hours drain and package and freeze . There are vidios  online if you need more info . I am going to try some jack smelts and jumbo arkansa shiners .

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Thanks hard Knox. I’ll be trying this this spring.


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Something to consider is this: The current NYS regulations dictate that baitfish need to be certified by a licensed bait dealer unless caught and used within the same body of water as that fished. This includes dead bait such as salted minnows etc. (and the bait receipt needs to be no more than 10 days old)  unless commercially prepared and then you need to have the packaaging for them. Not trying to pop anyones balloon but just something to be aware of. On the other hand, it is the fact that although I have been checked many times for a license (even recently) never have the DEC officers asked for a bait receipt or examined any bait we were using.

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