In many cases herring can be one of the most productive salmon baits available, especially under the certain water conditions, being cooler water temperatures or estuaries affected by salt. Many anglers for years have found themselves just purchasing a flat of herring and going out and using them as is, which is fine they still catch fish. But there are always subtle differences in baits that can increase your success rate just enough to turn a good day of fishing into a great day of fishing. Especially on certain fisheries where you have immense competition. Which brings us to our topic on brining. Herring brines are a lot like egg cures, everyone has their own favorite and there are a lot of good brines to be had. There are several reasons why brine is a must.
- Brine will firm up your bait which will help keep your scales intact keeping your herring flashing as it should, firming up your baits also will keep your bait from blowing out or tearing off your hook as easy. Especially in areas where you might experience larger tide swings or heavy current.
- You can change color in your baits which has proven to be very effective at times, especially in heavily fished areas, as well as turbid water. Your typical dye color changes are either Chartreuse or Blue.
- Another huge benefit to brining your baits, especially with Pro-Cure Brine N Bite is that every bait has been infused with Amino Based bite stimulants which has proven time and time again to be a productive option.
As stated, earlier herring brines are like curing eggs, everybody has their own way they have confidence in. I personally have had very good luck with Pro-Cure Brine N Bite listed below are the steps I would recommend.
- Get all your materials in order to start the process.
- 2qt juice container
- 2qt of river water or distilled drinking water (Avoid any chlorinated water)
- 1 container of Pro-Cure Brine N Bite
- 1 bottle of Pro-Cure Bait Brite (Do not mix with dye- bait will not take color well)
- 1 bottle of Pro-Cure Pure UV Liquid
- 1 jar of your desired color additive, Pro-Cure Bad Azz Bait Dye powder in Chartreuse is a must. (Do not mix with Pro-Cure Bait Brite)
- Get your desired amount of Herring for your day of fishing- I always recommend at least a couple dozen, so you can add dye to one of the trays of herring. Once you have your herring, poke holes or tear one end of the plastic to allow the herring to slightly thaw without damaging the herring. If you choose not to poke holes in the herring tray as it thaws it can draw blood through the eyes of the bait. It is always a great idea to thaw the bait just enough to take off the tray easily to avoid damaging the scales.
- Now it is time to mix your brine.
- Fill ½ of your 2 qt container with 1 qt of water.
- pour the entire jar of Brine N Bite into your distilled water
- add 5-7 drops of Pure UV Oil
- for natural color brine add ¾ tbsp. of Pro-Cure Bait Brite
- dyed baits you will want to add 1 teaspoon of powder Bad Azz Bait Dye for chartreuse. Or a half -3/4 Teaspoon of Bad Azz Bait Dye in Blue. A great trick is to add ½ teaspoon of baking soda to your chartreuse, it will make your chartreuse pop.
- Once completed stir well and add the other half of your water to fill your 2qt container and continue to stir until the powder dissolves.
- Once you remove your herring from the tray place them in a sealable container that isn’t going to allow your bait to float around too much avoiding loss of scales. like a plastic container or a large zip lock container or two for dyed baits, pour your brine until baits are just covered. I recommend putting your baits on brine the night before this will give them time to brine properly. One key point if your baits are frozen solid when placed in brine do not place your bait in the fridge. Your baits will not thaw and absorb the brine properly.
Another great mess free and cost-effective option is to jus
t purchase the Pro-Cure Brine N Bite Complete. Available in 16oz and 32oz in Natural Shine, Brilliant Blue and Chartreuse Glow. All the listed contents are included in a ready to fish formula just pour and brine.
As stated earlier, brines are like egg cures, there are a bunch of them on the market. Listed below is a do it yourself cost effective brine that will also work in a pinch.
- 2qt of distilled or river water
- 1 Cup of non-iodized Salt or Pro-Cure Rock Salt
- ½ teaspoon of Pro-Cure Monster Bite
- 5-7 drops Pure UV Oil
- ¾ tbsp Bait Brite
- Or 1 teaspoon of Pro-Cure Bad Azz Bait Dye in Chartreuse or Blue.
- Pure Anise Oil 4 drops
When the time comes the next morning to head out on your fishing trip the single most important thing is to keep your herring chilled. Be sure and store them in a cooler on ice. Even if your baits are brined if they get rise in temperature, they will turn soft on you. At that point they are no longer usable. Your baits will simply fall off your hooks.