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Kosher salt on bunker

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Non Iodized salt, maybe Kosher is just that, not sure. Cover the entire fish, both side, will help suck out the moisture, yet keep the fish pliable.

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Bunker, no matter what method i have used, once it thaws out good luck. I keep a good amount for crab bait and chum, but for fish bait, rarely. Tough to beat fresh though, my favorite

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Tough to beat fresh, yeah, but if you have more fresh than you can use at a sitting, by all means roll the bunker in kosher salt- you can't use too much, bread it in salt - and vacuum-pack and freeze it as fast as you can. Better good bait salted and frozen fast than freezer-burned garbage, and that's what you get half the time.

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I vacuum pack/freeze fresh bunker all the time (so I have some backup for when fresh is not available),

I have not salted bunker, but as long as the bunker is packed & frozen while it is still fresh it seems to hold up well.

I will try some kosher salt before I pack it this year.

 

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I cut up the fish ,then pour Kosher salt on top of the chunks. The next day I pour the juice out , so that it is fairly dry. Then I add more dry salt to it. I put it in a 5 gal container with a cover on it and put it in the shade.. After 3 or 4 days it is hard as a rock. It doesn.t fall off the hook.

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In my experience , freezing it for any length of time no matter what you do, ruins it.



I salt mine and keep them in the fridge for up to a week. If you need to keep the bunker any longer than that, you probably took too many.


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I have salted Bunker in my refrigerator from last fall never frozen doesn't stink it's soft enough to put on a hook, and the fish will bite on it. It's was just chunked and plenty of kosher salt.

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Most tackle shops that sell "Fresh Bunker" keep it in a kosher salt brine (fresh water-ice-salt).  The "fresh" bait you just purchased may be as much as 2-3 days old in many cases.


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If you’re going to freeze bunker first thing is to is baking soda which will kill bacteria present and then flash freeze it, that’s a freezer set on a minimum of −30* F not your average temps. Having said that fresh is best with the slime still on it, I use to brine on cooler for those that want it that way and one just one ice nice and slimey.:D:D

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What kind of vacuum sealers do you guys use, the regular household kind or do you suggest a heavy duty commercial sealer? I was thinking of investing in a good sealer for the fall mullet run - catch and seal enough to last a few months.

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I'm using the same FoodSaver that I use for everything. Newly salted & vacuum-bagged baits (two bunker or four small mackerel) go on the bottom shelf of the freezer.

 

It makes me nuts to be unable to get out on a partyboat right now for mackerel, for exactly that purpose.

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I vacuum pack/freeze fresh bunker all the time (so I have some backup for when fresh is not available),

I have not salted bunker, but as long as the bunker is packed & frozen while it is still fresh it seems to hold up well.

I will try some kosher salt before I pack it this year.

 

I've done that as well for emergencies........Still turns to mush.

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