When you are targeting big halibut, there are two things that really turn them on, a heavy scent trail, and movement. For that reason many knowledgeable anglers use the best fresh bait for halibut, or they jig metal jigs, or large plastic scampi tails. Common baits are large whole herring, or cut up river shad, salmon bellies, or pieces of a fresh salmon carcass, salmon heads, and tuna scrap. In recent years tuna bellies have become very popular and have been extremely effective. All of these baits can be enhanced by injecting baits after rigging or marinating baits in advance of rigging. If you are jigging, adding Super gels in the right flavors can also make a huge difference. And remember, all of the Pro-cure Bait Scents are UV enhanced, so fish can see the reflective UV light coming off your bait or lure up to a depth of 1,000 feet, and laterally as far as 500 feet.
MARINATE YOUR BAIT::
Marinate or inject your baits with Pro-Cure! The secret to attracting big fish is to put down more scent. Use Butt Juice, or Bait Oils in Garlic or Shrimp.
Our baby octopus are super tough little critters, and once on a hook you literally have to cut them off to remove them. We almost never soak a bait without tipping our hooks with one or two of these little critters. We recommend marinating these baby octopus by pouring out all of the brine, and then rolling them in any of the flowing bait oils, and putting them back in the jar to marinate for a few hours. We use Butt Juice, Garlic Plus, Squid and Sardine Oils, and have been extremely successful.
Super Gels are the perfect compliment for metal jigs, lead jigs, and soft plastics. They are also very effective when rubbed onto super braids like Power Pro and Tuff line. Anything you can do to add extra scent will be more attractive to big halibut. In the last few years we've found that large halibut have a real fancy for garlic and anise scents. Two of our favorites are the Garlic Plus Super Gel and the Butt Juice (has anise oil in it) or the Anise Plus Super Gel.
Marinating baits over night or for a few hours works best, but baits can also be injected with oils after they have been rigged. Our heavy liquid Butt Juice has been a legendary performer in attracting huge halibut, as has our Garlic Plus oil. Sardine and squid oil are also favorites, and the word is out that like chinook salmon, halibut too love pollock oil.
When injecting baits with oils the performance is boosted way up by mixing oils 50/50 with Bait Sauces. Bait Sauces are a blend of fish oils and whole ground up bait, and they are all super charged with amino acids. Mixing Bait Sauce with a corresponding Bait Oil really improves your scent trail. Mix Herring oil, and Herring bait Sauce 50/50, or do the same with Squid or Sardine oils and sauces.