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    Salted smelt

    Hi guys anyone tried salting smelt to latter use as bait for trout ? do u just salt the smelt well & leave them in a bag ?

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    I've tried salting Barracouta for long line baits ( salt water sorry ) but had limited success, quite a lot of salt required that said smelt being a lot smaller may be easier with less flesh exposed,I would think of grabbing some Kouru ( spelling...freshwater crays) and use them for a fresh bait.

    Anyway how would you fish them? Under a bubble or with a bit of split shot on a trace?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boaraxa View Post
    Hi guys anyone tried salting smelt to latter use as bait for trout ? do u just salt the smelt well & leave them in a bag ?
    I remember when Grandad used to do it. The smelt were rubbed,covered with lots of salt and in a ice cream container kept cool under the water tank (40+ yrs ago).
    I did the same for a number of years when I fished the lower Oreti. They last a long time but tend to go soft after a few months.
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    Thanks for that , iv just salted a few in a container will try them next few days I was just going to use them like I do worms .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boaraxa View Post
    Thanks for that , iv just salted a few in a container will try them next few days I was just going to use them like I do worms .
    Thread the hook through the mouth, out a gill plate and then back through the body at least once heading toward the tail. You will finish with the tip of the hook pointing back towards the head.

 

 

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