Fishing Bait Recipe for Saltwater

Fishing Bait Recipe for SaltwaterWhen angling for large game fish such as largemouth bass, salmon and trout, bait your hook with homemade cured salmon eggs. Obtain salmon eggs from a previous catch and remove the eggs for your homemade bait recipe, which requires only a few inexpensive and easy-to-obtain ingredients, all of which will most likely already be in your kitchen. Rig your saltwater reel with cured salmon eggs for superior strikes.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Salmon
  • Filleting knife
  • Pan or piece of plywood
  • Borax
  • Plastic container
  • Paper towels
Step 1
Cut the underside of a salmon open using a filleting knife. Unseat the two strips of eggs, or "skeins" as they are also known, which are attached to the membrane. Remove the eggs by hand with the membrane still intact.
Step 2
Run the eggs under cold water and pat dry with a soft paper towel. Slice the egg strips into 3- or 4-inch sections.
Step 3
Pack a pan with 1/4 inch of borax.
Step 4
Spread the egg sacs in the pan over the borax, at least 1 inch apart.
Step 5
Coat the eggs with borax working the eggs as necessary to get a good coat.
Step 6
Store the pan in a cool, dry and well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight. Let stand for two to three days, turning the eggs every 12 hours.
Step 7
Remove the eggs after the drying time is complete. You will know the eggs are completely dry when they feel leathery and tough to the touch. Gently shake off any borax left on the eggs and store in a plastic container. Bait your hook with the eggs or store in the plastic container until next season.

Tips & Warnings

You can also use a piece of plywood instead of a pan.
King salmon and silver salmon are especially receptive to cured salmon eggs.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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