Curing is the process of preserving bait for future use. There are many different ways to cure bait, as no one seems to follow the same recipe. This technical report will cover the preserving process for baitfish, prawns and eggs when used as bait for salmon and steelhead. You can use tips in this technical report to make modifications to your process or adopt them fully. These techniques work and if you are willing to dedicate the time to take care of these baits, it will usually pay off in success. The curing process often draws a lot of the moisture out of the bait, which will slow the deterioration process. When water is taken out of the process, properly frozen baits can fish as effectively as fresh baits. You can also take advantage of the curing process by adding color or scent to your baits making them a better bait for presentation.
The Oregon fishing technical report series describe years of tested techniques, proven to take significant catches of salmon, steelhead and sturgeon. These 19 reports were written exclusively by Professional Oregon Fishing Guide Bob Rees. Not only has he been guiding anglers professionally since 1991 but he also has 7 seasonal years with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife giving him a unique insight into the finer details that make up our great Northwest fisheries.