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Curing Suckers for Bait?
« on: April 04, 2016, 08:30:10 PM »

A friend offered me a bunch of suckers to use for bait but I have no idea how to cut and cure them. Can anyone help me out? I was planning on filleting them and curing with salt & Borax like I do minnows, then vacuum packing and freezing them. Good idea or not? If anyone else wants some he has a river in his yard that runs thick with them and will give me as many as I want.
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Re: Curing Suckers for Bait?
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2016, 10:43:44 PM »

I was thinking about the same thing a few days ago. "Pickling" them in a jar filled with Pautzkes Fire Cure should work well, or that's what I was thinking. May or may not work, one way to find out.        http://www.pautzke.com/portfolio-items/firebrine/
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Re: Curing Suckers for Bait?
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2016, 07:29:40 PM »

Salt/borax is what I use.   I don't vacuum pack, but throw them in a ziplock bag.   Some get filleted, and depending on how much time I have, some get frozen whole.   I grab a fresh batch every year.  This method has been working fine for me for 20 years. 

It's pretty early for suckers to run, no??
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Re: Curing Suckers for Bait?
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2016, 10:46:25 PM »

i just chunk them up into useable pieces and freeze them with nothing. once thawed I dont cure and throw the leftovers out after a trip. I am sure there are better ways but I have salted and boraxed bait in the past and it has not frozen well and went bad in less than a year.
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Re: Curing Suckers for Bait?
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2016, 09:29:35 AM »

Adam, when you chunk them do you just gut them, cut the heads off and steak them? Do they stay on the hook well after thawing or are they soft?
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Re: Curing Suckers for Bait?
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2016, 06:47:18 PM »

I fillet them and put in ziplock and freeze like Adam.  They are fine for a few hours, but get slimy and mushy if left in the sun, as I would think all kinds of preservation would.
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Re: Curing Suckers for Bait?
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2016, 07:06:04 PM »

Adam, when you chunk them do you just gut them, cut the heads off and steak them? Do they stay on the hook well after thawing or are they soft?

I just filet them, and cut them into chunks I am going to use and freeze them. I just guess what I am going to use on a trip and throw away when done if I have some left. They get packaged into small size bags and kept very cold on ice in the boat to keep firm. I am sure there has to be a good way to preserve after thawed but just never done it. I'll save belly strips for other trolling baits.
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Re: Curing Suckers for Bait?
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2016, 04:48:22 PM »

Anyone who may need suckers for bait or smoking through the summer, let me know. I can acquire a pile of them as long as we have calm glass smooth nights on Superior.
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Re: Curing Suckers for Bait?
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2016, 08:08:22 PM »

Ill take a few if there's extras.
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Re: Curing Suckers for Bait?
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2016, 12:51:01 PM »

As soon as it starts warming up i will be out. Any size preference?
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Re: Curing Suckers for Bait?
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2016, 01:26:17 PM »

let me know if you have some extras Will.....
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Re: Curing Suckers for Bait?
« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2016, 05:23:14 PM »

No size preference. Just used for bait. Thanks
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Re: Curing Suckers for Bait?
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2016, 10:31:56 PM »

The suckers are running in the rivers down by Green Bay. I filleted and froze all that I needed tonight. It sure is fun snagging them, had to stop before I got to many.  ;D
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Re: Curing Suckers for Bait?
« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2016, 10:44:37 AM »

Thanks to a broken hand, I have been out of commission for a while. I am planing on taking the boat out this weekend. If anyone needs suckers for bait or smoking, let me know what size and how many! Hope the weather holds!
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