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Discussion in 'Fishing General Chat' started by chris a, Nov 7, 2020.
Good day guys
How can I make it a little tougher Thanks
Hi Chris, welcome to the forum. In answer to your question you would be beter buying a Broiler chicken, the breast is tough as they grow them so quickly. if you squeeze the breast and you find hard lumps in it its going to be tough.
Welcome to the forum Chris
Welcome to the forum Chris.
A method I use for toughening up bait whether it be chicken strips, pilchards or prawns is to heavily salt the bait for a couple of days before packaging in zip-lock bags. If you want to try that method, use coarse cooking salt and plenty of it, not table salt.
Good day boys
where do i get a old chook to salt
Maybe a butcher will have an old boiler, but I reckon the best chicken to use is skinless breast meat from the supermarket. Cut it into strips or chunks depending on the size bait you use for particular targeted species and then salt it.
Just use raw thigh fillets stay on hook longer then breast - no need to salt it goes too tough and doesnt sit properly on the hook- and salted chicken isnt a great bait... IMHO fresh of best or marinated in either garlic and parmesan or tuna oil. I have used chicken for the last 15years for bait and it is the most under-rated bait around... EVERYTHING eats it... I have caught everything from Bream and Whiting to Jews and Taylor and pretty much every bread n butter species in between.
They normally sell the boilers at the Butchers.
Your southern fish are just too damn fussy Anthony - up here in the north our fish will eat anything. Salted chicken will keep for days in the tropical heat and it's a good standby bait when you can't find a good spot to use a cast net.
I've seen blokes up the Cape use a lump of stinking old road kill for bait and land a decent size barra.
Same with Cod eats anything loves chicken and Rabbit. Never salted freshwater bait.
Never had success with salted chicken Jeff, but raw fresh had great success on Bream, Flatties, Blue Swimmer Crabs, Whiting, Jewfish, yakkas and even squid have eaten it...
A few of my old fishing buddies swear by marinated and I have tried soaking on tuna oil but I didnt really notice a difference in how the fish were attracted to it... Like all fishing something that works for someone doesnt always work for others - but having had great success on plain raw thigh strips I doubt I would change it if I was to go back to using bait in the future.
Thanks for the replys guys I was just thinks about vacuum sealing it in a plastic bag have any of you guys try it