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All bait covered except for Sand Fleas,,,can you salt them and still catch fish. I can catch a thousand at the Fort if I wanted, well at least several hundred.

Also once salted does freezing hurt or help???? Not sure on the above answers
never salted a flea, so im not sure how that one will work out, try it and let us know...as far as freezing after salting, ive never done that either, its not necessary... so i dont know the effect it has on the quality of the baits but i wouldnt imagine it being too good. as when the remaining moisture freezes, it expands, opening cavities within the bait...its the same thing that makes fresh bait feel mushy after freezing and thawing...
 

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freezing

I doubt it would freeze with all the salt ...... but there is no need to freeze ... also the salting process works faster out of the fridg than in ......
 

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I doubt it would freeze with all the salt ...... but there is no need to freeze ... also the salting process works faster out of the fridg than in ......
actually...im certain it would freeze...my friend just told me he tried storing salted baits in the freezer, thinking they wouldnt freeze...and when he checked them the next day it was like a salt brick...ive never had a salted baits container lock up like that so im pretty certain it actually froze...
 

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I use old peanut butter jars. Works fine, and doesn't get stinky.
Good deal,,,I have some old Mason Jars with pressure lids I am not using, which work out great.

Plus I am wondering if I should pack the squid in menhaden oil as I have a gallon of the stuff that I have not used (my wife will not let me open the bottle in house or get anywhere near her after I get some on my hands:D)
 

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Good deal,,,I have some old Mason Jars with pressure lids I am not using, which work out great.

Plus I am wondering if I should pack the squid in menhaden oil as I have a gallon of the stuff that I have not used (my wife will not let me open the bottle in house or get anywhere near her after I get some on my hands:D)
well...ive marrinated it for a while then added it to the salt...thats your call...but the squid will work just as good as fresh even without any added scent...
 

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Just my .02 on the freezing aspect. I used sea salt on both mullet and bunker and put them in the freezer. Even after six months in there they did not freeze solid. If the fish are as dry as can be before salting, most of the liquid is gone. Patting them dry with papertowels beforehand and salting them heavily helps. No excess liquid, no water to freeze and expand.

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I know this thread has been inactive for a while, but in case someone is interested in preserving sand fleas, greg12345 started an excellent thread last summer over on the Open Forum. About three-fourths of the way down in the first post on that thread, there is information about how to preserve sand fleas, which was relevant to this one.

There isn't a way to take that one post from that thread and add it to this thread, and I didn't want to merge the two, so here is the link to that thread.

Thanks, Greg, for the information. :)
 

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This topic came up after a report i made so i figured i'd throw in a little lesson of how I salt baits down for year long use...For me it makes a box of squid, a pound of shrimp 30 spot and about 30 blues last all year long...

Salting Squid: Thaw a frozen box of squid, separate the squids and remove heads(these can be salted aswell). Make a slit from top to bottom And open the body. Clean out all of the guts and the clear Pen-quill. Flip the body over and gently scrape or peel away the skin. Now cut up the squid in strips or cubes slightly larger than the size you normally use(this allows for shrinkage to occur during curing). In a medium tupperware, layer Salt, Squid, Salt, Squid, etc. until all of your bait is in the tupperware, as i said the heads may be salted aswell. Allow to cure for at least one full day before using(i generally let it go for a few days before use shaking up the tupperware occasionally to ensure constant salt contact). This will last up to a year, less if you use more squid than i do, but it lasts a little longer on the hook, and a box lasts about a year for me done this way...

Salting Shrimp: 1lb of e-z peel shrimp(small ones) from farm fresh. Peel the shrimp. Two ways to cut it. 1: Cut it into about 1/2" long chunks, or 2:Cut in lengthwise to make two longer thinner pieces. Either way is fine but i prefer the chunks. Again layer Salt, Shrimp, Salt, Shrimp, etc. until all the bait is used. Same curing time, with occasional shaking to ensure constant salt contact.

Salting Strips of Fish: Fillet fish as normal leaving scales on. Now back-fillet as if you were going to make a skinless fillet, but make sure you leave some meat on the skin(usually half the thickness of the original fillet). Strip out the fillets, and again layer Salt, Strips, Salt, Strips, etc. THIS TIME using about twice as much salt as fish strips (this is because the fish has more liquid content than the other two baits described above) Curing time is a little longer, maybe three days max shaking occasionally to ensure constant salt contact. This will last as long as the bait does.

Salting Whole Bait Fish: Small finger mullet and menhaden are excellent bait and will hold up even better if salted. for peanut bunker, i usually just layer 2X salt to 1X bunker, but for finger mullet i remove the backbone and tail (by performing a backwards fillet up each side and then breaking out the backbone near the head(this method also allows for greater scent dispersion and movement once salted[i've tried it with bunker but they're just too soft, better to leave em whole]). Again layer 2X salt to 1X mullet until the bait is all salted. Curing times for whole baitfish can be in excess of 3 days, sometimes less depending on the size of the baits. Shaking occasionally to ensure constant salt contact.


I hope someone finds some good in this post, just thought i'd share my method of salting to preserve baits, they hold up much better than fresh or frozen in my opinion, and last longer too...the salting process will hold the bait until it is used up, and does not take away the natural scent of the bait. Another note, do not rinse the baits before salting, as this will wash away their scent. I wish i'dve taken some picture to go along, but i've already salted my baits for this year... enjoy and good salting! Andrew
 

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I'm still confused over salting strip fishe baits. Are you implying that I should filet the fish, skin and scales on and then filet them again lengthwise leaving one 1/2 filet with skin/scales on and the other naked. Then, is the purpose of leaving the head attached is to give you something to hold onto as you filet or is that meant to be salted as well while attached. Thanks, I'm a newbie, and that's the only part that isn't clear.
 

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i never saw this thread. . . great article about the fleas. sometimes they are hard to come by with all the beach renourishments going on.

awesome!
jim
 
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