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Fish Bait Recipes – How to Mix Your Own Bait

Cured Salmon Eggs

If you are fishing for large game fish, cured salmon eggs are the ideal bait. Largemouth bass, muskellunge, salmon, and other large fish species love them.

Here’s how to cure salmon eggs to use as bait:

1. Withdraw the eggs from a salmon you are cleaning, keeping the egg sacs intact.

2. Cover a large, flat,moveable surface with 1/4 inch of borax.

3. Cut the egg sacs across the membrane in slits of 3 to 4 inches.

4. Lay the egg sac sections 1 inch apart on top of the borax.

5. Scatter more borax over the top to produce a light coating.

6. Be sure all egg sacs are covered.

7. Move the large mobile surface that the eggs are on to a protected area with good circulation all around.

8. The eggs must not be in direct sunlight and cannot get moist.

9. Allow the sacs to dry for 2 to 3 days, turning them every 12 hours.

10. Pick the egg sacs out of the borax and shake off any excess.

11. Place them in plastic bags or storage containers.

The egg sacs are ready to use when they are completely dry and leatherlike, but pliable. If properly cured, they can be kept in their containers until your next fishing trip.


Cheese Bait

Cheese bait can be utilized to catch catfish, chub, and carp. In fact, carp especially love cheese bait. So if you’re seeking to catch any of these species or a huge carp that’s been hanging around your fishing hole, here’s how to construct your own cheese bait:

1. Use 10 ounces of pie pastry and roll it flat on a chopping board or counter top.

2. Smear the pastry with aged cheddar flavor.

3. Add 6 ounces of grated cured cheddar cheese and 4 ounces of Danish blue cheese, crumbled to fine grains.

4. Fold the pastry over the cheese, so it is entirely covered and roll out.

5. Repeat this process until the pie pastry and the cheese are thoroughly mixed and the cheese is absorbed by the pastry.

6. Form the paste into a big ball and knead by hand.

7. Add 10 drops of the mature cheddar flavoring to a freezer bag and place the cheese paste ball into the bag.

8. Place the bag into the freezer.

When thawed, this bait has an appealing consistency and texture, and a very powerful odor. Roll the thawed paste into small balls and place them into a container for your next excursion.

When you place a cheese ball onto your hook, adjust the hook’s point into the center, cast and wait patiently for the fish to bite. Your wait should be short and the catch satisfying.

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Copyright 2008 Ron King. This article may be reprinted if the resource box is left intact and the links live.

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Making Instant Carp Baits Easy!

When you need some essential inspiration to liven-up your catch rate (or literally stop those blank sessions in their tracks,) really manipulate fish feeding behaviour by exploiting different aspects of your baits; read on to discover how…

For both winter and summer conditions why not try combining high-attract tiger nut pellets, hemp pellets, bloodworm pellets, spicy shrimp pellets, spirulina and betaine pellets and CSL pellets all together. This provides a very wide range of hugely well proven carp feeding nutritional stimuli and attraction…

You might try adding to this combination a mixture of Minamino, salmon protein, L030 fish protein and betaine HCL, to dampen your pellets and seriously boost their performance and speed their effects. Of course adding this and similar mixtures to expander pellets and shelf-life readymade baits for example is awesome too!

When using readymade shelf-life and freezer baits, why not exploit their matching base mixes offered and make ground baits to your own personal taste. You could boost those attractors and liquids etc that are recommended for your base mixes, and use the mixture as ground baits that will release soluble substances far better and far quicker than conventional boilies and many pellets. Upon introduction this will instantly provide excellent levels of carp attraction into your swim.

Try boosting bait attraction with hydrolysed salmon extract from Carpfishingpellets (online,) green lipped mussel extract, liver powder, blood powder, Robin Red, meat meal, CSL meal, ground crushed hemp, brewers yeast, poultry protein meal, carp pellet powder, betaine and lecithins for instance. Or simply add Ccmoore Red Venom or Feedstim XP, dried shrimps, crushed hemp, lecithins and betaine, to your own homemade boilie base mixes. (Perhaps try these and others to produce your own very unique pastes and ground baits too!)

For those who really like to do their own thing, then perhaps use a mixture of carp pellet powder from Carpfishingpellets as an highly nutritious base, with CSL meal, crushed hemp, predigested fish meal, brewers yeast and betaine, and liquid liver for example; this will really work. The real beauty of making homemade bait is you can control the cost and also the levels of the additives and ingredients that have really significant impacts on fishes systems and responses. Add Talin protein sweetener and liquid intense sweeteners (in a combination,) plus butyric acid, and it will do wonders in boilie, paste, and ground baits etc.

The course texture of tiger nut meal is great for both cold water and warmer water conditions allowing carp attraction substances to disperse outwards very effectively. Using poultry protein meal in baits will hit both carp and big catfish in just the right spots!

If you are worried about binding – why use what everyone seems to use,(i.e. Vitalin,) when carp and cats and all too well aware of its potential dangers now; so use something unique like carp pellet powder in boilies, pastes, method and ground bait mixes. Carp pellets are after all formulated for carp (not dogs,) so which product do you think is more effective and more suitably digestible and usable to carp in getting that all important edge!?

In terms of soluble attraction, if you use a cheap 50 percent soya and 50 percent semolina boilie base mix for instance, do yourself a massive favour. When your chosen liquid flavours have leached out there will be far less to initiate carp feeding response. So add some serious extra incentives for your fish to feed, such as bulking it out with a reliable base mix to make it cheaper such as Meteor or Odyssey XXX from Ccmoore. Or simply add liver powder, green lipped mussel extract, brewers yeast and dried blood powders for instance; more goodies please says Mr Carp! To find out more then read on to find out about my unique bait making secrets ebooks…

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    Fly Fishing for Dummies

    Clueless about fly fishing?

    Me too!

    I have been really curious about this sport for some time now. I’ve seen it done countless of times.

    Tried it. Failed.

    People have endlessly and tirelessly, with their utmost patience and understanding tried to rub off some fly fishing skills on me – but to no avail.

    I have resorted to reading, for now. I decided that whatever I can’t do, I might as well LEARN – even just in theory. It helps. I think of my self right now as “A work in progress”.

    Let’s all learn the basics. DEFINITION OF TERMS!

    A brief definition about some terms I need to know about fly fishing.

    What is Fly Fishing?

    Fly fishing is an ancient and distinct angling method, developed primarily for salmonids (trout and salmon, mostly) and now extended to other species such as pike, bass, and carp, as well as a wide range of salt water species.

    Fly casting is gripping or holding a fly rod correctly and to adopt the correct stance to maintain comfort and balance. The most basic rule to casting is based on the way a clock looks. Your head points straight up to 12:00, your cast (the tip of your rod) should go back to 10:00 and then forward to 2:00, releasing your line at the end of the forward motion. It is a common mistake to dip the rod below those two positions and almost always ends in a line tangle!

    Angler. (Does that have anything to do with Math? I hate Math!)

    That would be YOU silly! Someday, IF you learn how to fly fish, you will be called an angler. A person catching fish or shellfish with no intent to sell, this includes people keeping the catch or people that practice the “Catch and Release” method (highly recommended).

    The Essentials – If you don’t have a complete list of these, you’re NOT Fly Fishing!

    Fly Fishing rods are long, thin, flexible rods sometimes made of bamboo, but more recently from man-made materials. Fly rods tend to have large diameter eyes (or guides) spaced along the rod to help control the movement of relatively thick fly line. To aid in the freedom of movement required to skillfully cast with a fly rod, there is usually little to no butt (handle) extending below the fishing reel. Although fly rods are mainly used for casting from fixed positions, they can also be used for trolling for fish.

    Fishing Reel is a device used for the deployment and retrieval of fishing line using a spool mounted on an axle. They are used in conjunction with the fly rod and are attached to the base or handle of the rod.

    Fishing line is any cord made for fishing. Important parameters of a fishing line are its length, material, and weight (thicker, sturdier lines are more visible to fish). The refractive index is also important—lines with a refractive index similar to water are almost invisible to fish. The most important parameter in deciding what line to use is its strength. This is the amount of weight the line can hold before snapping. One must balance the trade-off between strength and visibility.

    Flies as Bait? Are you kidding?

    Flies or Artificial flies are constructed — “tied” onto a hook with thread, fur, feathers and other materials — in sizes and colors to match naturally occurring food or simply to excite a fish. And to add more confusion, the names of flies: Wet and dry flies, nymphs, scuds, eggs, streamers, steelheads, bass flies, salmon flies,and saltwater flies.

    You will be considered a well equipped fly fisher if you bring waders, wading boots, vest net, polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes and see through the reflection on the water, a hat for the harsh sun, sun block and bug dope (bug repellant) – if you don’t want to be eaten alive by bugs before you even catch a fish!

    Armed with the stuff I read, I went about to experience Fly Fishing without even going near a body of water.

    Wondering how?

    A site that sells fly fishing products – with pretty pictures too! – Riverbum.com

    She is a webmaster for Riverbum.com. Riverbum.com sells fly fishing flies, gears, and accessories on-line. They constantly innovate themselves to give their customers the best products they can offer for unreasonably low prices. They love fly fishing, and it shows!

    Recreational Fly Fishing

    Fish eat bugs, plain and simple. So why not try to catch a fish by mimicking a bug? Thats what fly fishermen have been doing for centuries. Fly fishing began as a method to catch salmonids, which include mostly salmon and trout. Today fishermen use this method to attract a variety of fish ranging from carp to saltwater fish off the coast of Caribbean islands.

    Fly fishing differs from traditional lure fishing in a couple of different ways. First of all, the fly fisherman has a longer, lighter rod and a heavier line. The fly fisherman will use his lines weight to cast his incredibly light weight bait: a hand tied fly, whereas lure fisherman will use the weight of their bait to cast their line.

    The fly fisherman will aim to mimic a live bug by slapping their line against the water, causing a commotion on the top of the water and hopefully attracting fish to their realistically made flies. The flies come in a variety of colors and styles, ranging from felt and feather construction designs that look like frogs, minnows, and even shrimp. Additionally, flies come in two varieties: dry and wet. The dry fly, like it states, floats on top of the water and does not tip below the waters surface, while the wet fly will find itself submerged underwater thanks to the fishermens drastic cast.

    Fly fishing is a genuine art. It takes time, practice, and skill to make the task look both doable and easy. A fly fisherman will start with his rod in front of him. He will hold a length of string in his free hand, and then swing the road behind him, directly to an angle behind his head. Then he will swing the rod forward to an approximate 45 degree angle, allowing the free line to move forward and slap against the water. As stated before, he hopes that this disturbance will mimic that of a bug on the waters surface and draw his food to his line.

    Fly fishermen have a variety of methods and terms for casting. Different types of casts are used for different reasons. For example, a fly fisherman may want to use a false cast to draw a different kind of lazy fish to them.

    The right kind of fly will also make a difference to a fisherman. Some fisherman scratch their creative itch by creating their own flies while others rely on the experts to tie them the best kind of fish, egg, worm, or mouse for their fly.

    Regardless of how they cast or what they use for a fly or even where they fish, every fly fisherman will cite the incredible benefits of fly fishing with relaxation topping out the list.

    Resources of fly fishing can be found at: www.excitingflyfishing.comand here

    Free Tips for Successful Salmon Fishing

    Salmon fishing is one of the most popular fishing sports today and continues to grow in popularity. There are different types of salmon, each with their own unique characteristics and appeal to fishermen. The largest of the Pacific salmon is the Chinook salmon, which can grow up to 40 inches long and weigh as much as 100 pounds. The Chinook salmon are only accountable for about one percent of the salmon harvest each year.

    The Sockeye, from Alaska, is the most valuable of all salmon. It grows to 24 inches in length and weighs between six and nine pounds. It makes up 25 to 30 percent of Alaska’s commercial fishing. During spawning season, the males turn a beautiful red, and therefore are often called “red” salmon.

    Coho’s are the next (third) most valued fish. These “silvers” as they are called, because of their bright silver color, are popular in the marketplace and often sold whole. The Coho runs to about 29 inches and weighs on an average of nine pounds. The favored ways of processing them is smoking or canning.

    Another common salmon is the Chum salmon, however these types of salmon are less valuable to fishermen because their meat is pale and yellow in comparison to the red salmon, making them less desirable to the consumer. Chum salmon can reach a length of 30 inches and weigh about 8 pounds.

    The least valuable of Pacific salmon is the Pink salmon. This is also the smallest of the salmon, weighing 4 pounds and averaging about 22 inches long. Even though the Pink salmon is the least valuable of all the salmon it is found in the most abundance. Pink salmon are used mostly for canning and not for eating fresh over the coals.

    There are many fishing charters along the northern Pacific coast that are very popular among sport fishermen. If you are an avid fisherman you may want to think about chartering a boat to take you to the finest salmon fishing places along the coast. Many of these charters also offer whale watching tours which is a great way for you to combine your fishing vacation with a bit of sightseeing. Take your time finding the right charter for you as there are many different packages that you can choose from, including one day excursions to week long trips. You will want to join a charter that doesn’t have too many people booked with it, since the smaller the group is the better your salmon fishing trip will be.

    Choose carefully and you can enjoy some great fishing – and some great tasting fish!

    Stevie James is an experienced fisherman who has set up a Free Fishing Information website to offer free tips, techniques and tutorials that will really help you on the way to more successful and more enjoyable fishing!