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Brining Tips

Brining bait is the process of immersing bait fish in a solution of salt and water to enhance the bait's durability and stiffness. Anchovy is a very delicate bait fish, so for best results this fish should be brined in an 85% salt solution for a minimum of 4 hours. Over-brining will result in a bait fish that has a rough leather finish reducing its reflective quality.

  1. Cut the package of bait while frozen, and allow it to thaw.
  2. Sprinkle ½ of the salt pack, about 50ml, in a 8” x 10” tray.
  3. Add two cups of water, salt or fresh, and add the bait.
  4. Sprinkle the balance of the salt, another 50ml, over the fish.
  5. Let the bait sit; at least four hours, ideally overnight, up to 24 hours.
  6. Keep in a cool place out of the direct sunlight

¼ cup of borax or ¼ cup of powdered milk will also help to stiffen and increase the brightness of the fish.

The same steps apply to brining larger quantities of fish, simply increase the amount of water and salt used. Your solution is at 85% when a potato will float.

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