Sugar Cured Mackerel Bait

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  1. FIT TO BE BIT

    FIT TO BE BIT FIT TO BE BIT

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    In my younger days I grew up working for Red's Bait & Tackle in Redondo Beach.
    Red would always have this 5 gallon bucket sitting somewhere in the shop with sugar cured Mackerel in it. Then once in a while he would bag it and throw it in a freezer for sale for bait.
    I asked him about it and he explained that almost any fish will bite it and it is a GREAT alternative when live bait is unavailable, from live fine bait to sandcrabs, mussels, clams or worms.
    And all the Catfish fishermen used to come buy it as well.
    This is my version of the recipe.
    I hope some of you can make use of it sometime.
    It is nice to have when fishing the beaches of Mexico.

    Al's Sugar Cured Mackerel Recipe
    Mackerel fillets - with skin left on
    Dark brown sugar - Karo syrup can be substituted
    Cod liver oil - or other type of fish oil
    Coarse rock salt
    Garlic powder - optional
    Food coloring - optional

    Lay the fillets meat side up on a flat surface. Sprinkle brown sugar on the meat and rub it in. Let it absorb the sugar or syrup. Put a layer of coarse rock salt covering the bottom of a bucket or an ice chest. Carefully lay out the Mackerel fillets in a uniform fashion meat side up. Spoon some fish oil on each fillet and rub it in with the back of the spoon. Cover the fillets thoroughly with rock salt and start another layer. Layer them until all the bait is used and cover the top layer thoroughly.
    Salt the bait anywhere from a few days to a week. Place the cured fillets in 1 gallon ziploc bags and put in the freezer until you need them. Being cured, they will not freeze all the way. You will end up with perfectly manicured baits for when ever you need them. Cut them in any size pieces you like. I use the sugar cured for surf fishing, stripped bait for halibut trolling or drifting with a trap rig in them, fly lining when I have no live bait, cut bait for salt water or freshwater Cat fishing.

    Al "FIT TO BE BIT" Schneider
     
  2. PHOTOG

    PHOTOG Voted "best Elitest"

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    Thanks for posting this, how well do the surf fish like it?

    I have some frozen bonito, im gonna try this.
     
  3. FIT TO BE BIT

    FIT TO BE BIT FIT TO BE BIT

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    Very good at times.

     
  4. BornFisher

    BornFisher Well-Known "Member"

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    Old post here but I did this many years ago and was impressed. Everything from corbina to leopard sharks jumped on it. Sardines worked too!!
     
  5. Johnlgarrison

    Johnlgarrison The ultimate goal is memories not dreams.

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    Great catfish bait is cure mackerel in strawberry jello.
     
  6. FishinMcNuggets

    FishinMcNuggets Fishin fo' Nutrition!

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    Fred Oakley fished BSP back in the day with cured mackerel. Bet it stays on the hook kinda like dried Berkley sandworms.
     
  7. rrocco

    rrocco Newbie

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    Thanks for refreshing this post. Will try it.
     
  8. GClev

    GClev Newbie for Life

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    The "scarves" of gossamer material used to make roe bags for salmon work equally well with other mushy baits when the cure starts to wear out. Still bleeds like bait but it's harder for the minnows to pick apart too.
     
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  9. kevina

    kevina I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Good old Red and George Fukimoto, With TC a couple doors down and don't forget about La Penita Mexican restaurant next door. They had the best and the biggest bean and cheese burrito I've ever had!!!!
     
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