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Dannyg4561
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:27 am Reply with quote Back to top

now that the mackies are moving of and the codling are slowly coming in, im using the mackrel as bait (as most do). the problem i have is that the bait just seems to flake apart. i have tried usng elastic which doesnt help,

just trying to find out what other people do to keep it on the hook...

any ideas?
 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:42 am Reply with quote Back to top

Sounds like the problem is bad freezing, possibly you have frozen too many at one time.
I normally fillet the mackerel and the freeze the fillets,
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:15 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Know what you mean mate, what I do:-
1. Don't cut the fillets too thick.
2. Put hook through the skin side first then through the flesh and back out through the skin. The hook shank will then tend to hold the flesh in place.
3. Use fresh mackerel whenever possible - tends to stay on the hook better.
4. Another trick my mate uses but haven't done it meself is to let the fillets dry out in the sun which tends to toughen them up a bit.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:41 pm Reply with quote Back to top

Hi, what i do is, wrap the macky in a bit of cling film, this doesnt affect the bait as such but keeps it together nicely. Today i wrapped my bait in tinfoil to keep it on the hook, it works, especially if your after macky again. Cheers..Mick
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:40 am Reply with quote Back to top

I know this post is old but i think i have found a way.

I would try using some old tights cut into bits place the bait in the tights place on hook and then go round with cotton because of the material it will allow the juices out and still attract worth a shot

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 12:00 pm Reply with quote Back to top

This method works well from the shore when using soft or old baits, put them in an onion sack or similar, place them in a gully within casting range tied to a stone or large weight. The object is to atract fish to your fishing area. It does work.
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