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#629458 - 10/21/10 11:19 PM coon shrimp cure
mowsley Offline
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Registered: 05/17/10
Posts: 152
Loc: walla walla valley
im sure this has been asked on here a thousand times. but i checked the archive and got tired of sifting so ill just ask again. i want to put my own coon shrimp up for drifting steelhead. ive tried both a dry borax/procure shake on turn everyday method as well as trying to wet brine. i cant figure it out. my bait always ends up soft. anyone know a sure fire way of wet brining and or dry curing a good coon shrimp?

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#629465 - 10/21/10 11:38 PM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: mowsley]
Rotten Chum Offline
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Loc: Snoho County
Pro Cure's website has a great one under prawn curing...it will give you step by step instructions...it's one hell of a process.
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#629472 - 10/21/10 11:46 PM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: mowsley]
thaxor Offline
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Registered: 08/07/06
Posts: 371
Loc: Olympia, WA
When I dry cured them I got a better result by not putting them in a bag and turning. Instead put them in glass bowl, turn & mix with the dry cure then leave in refrigerator uncovered for a while, usually overnight.

An aside: I prefer cured or raw prawns over the coon striped, easier to cure and results seem to be the same.

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#629475 - 10/21/10 11:54 PM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: thaxor]
mowsley Offline
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Registered: 05/17/10
Posts: 152
Loc: walla walla valley
well i havent been able to find anything besides the coons small enough. these steelhead wont hit big bait. the smaller the better

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#629500 - 10/22/10 03:03 AM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: mowsley]
thaxor Offline
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Posts: 371
Loc: Olympia, WA
I just get 51-60 count prawns and cut them into 1/2, or 1/4 for really small.

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#629501 - 10/22/10 03:05 AM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: thaxor]
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Loc: wa/ak
salt tends to harden things.....
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#629513 - 10/22/10 08:26 AM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: OPfisher]
Bantam Offline
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Coon stripes are to brittle to drift...everytime you reel in the current rips the head off the body, Unless you don't mind rebaiting every drift. They're best float fished or stationary off the bottom. you could magic wrap them too tho!
As for cures I would agree with rotten chum, go with pro cures recommendation
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#629521 - 10/22/10 09:34 AM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: mowsley]
KoneZone Offline
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Registered: 09/02/06
Posts: 191
Loc: Forest Grove, Oregon
Nate's Bait Prawn Cure.

It's a one step process.

More bites less mess.

I would agree that they aren't the best for drifting though.

Good luck!
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#629522 - 10/22/10 09:43 AM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: KoneZone]
ParaLeaks Offline
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Loc: Olypen
boil them until they float, eat.
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#629556 - 10/22/10 11:44 AM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: ParaLeaks]
STRIKE ZONE Offline
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Registered: 08/09/00
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Loc: Hobart,Wa U.S.A
Go to the wind river market off Hwy 14 and buy a couple quarts,cheaper in the long run.Good luck,
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#629560 - 10/22/10 11:52 AM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: thaxor]
Spade Offline
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Registered: 10/20/10
Posts: 91
Loc: Bellevue, Wa
Originally Posted By: thaxor
I just get 51-60 count prawns and cut them into 1/2, or 1/4 for really small.


Exactly what I was going to suggest. Cure them "whole" and cut them on site to the size bait you want.

Remember to store in individual day sized packages after making big batches.
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#629562 - 10/22/10 11:56 AM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: Spade]
Chum Man Offline
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Registered: 11/07/99
Posts: 2669
Loc: Rainier
i don't even bother curing my prawns any more. i like to get them thawed out, then freeze individually and bag them up. when i want to go fishing i'll grab a half dozen of them(i don't think i've ever used more in a day of steelheading) and toss them in the bait box, then cut them to size on the river.

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#629564 - 10/22/10 11:59 AM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: KoneZone]
Driftfishnw Offline
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Registered: 02/10/09
Posts: 2026
Originally Posted By: KoneZone
Nate's Bait Prawn Cure.

It's a one step process.

More bites less mess.

I would agree that they aren't the best for drifting though.

Good luck!


+1

Just toss them in a big bowl, add cure, mix, and your ready to go.

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#629572 - 10/22/10 12:44 PM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: Driftfishnw]
mowsley Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 05/17/10
Posts: 152
Loc: walla walla valley
well ive tried cutting the bigger ones into sections, but these fish will NOT hit shrimp without a head. i will look for nates bait. thanks.

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#629576 - 10/22/10 12:47 PM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: mowsley]
mowsley Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 05/17/10
Posts: 152
Loc: walla walla valley
anyone got a link? cant seem to find it

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#629654 - 10/22/10 05:53 PM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: mowsley]
gw Offline
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Registered: 10/10/06
Posts: 170
Loc: Albany, Or

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#629656 - 10/22/10 06:20 PM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: mowsley]
Rocket Red Offline
River Nutrients

Registered: 02/14/06
Posts: 2540
Loc: Elma
Originally Posted By: mowsley
well ive tried cutting the bigger ones into sections, but these fish will NOT hit shrimp without a head. i will look for nates bait. thanks.


I'm glad the fish where I live aren't that smart. I would get skunked every time out!
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#629669 - 10/22/10 07:49 PM Re: coon shrimp cure [Re: mowsley]
NW Wild Country Offline
Juvenile at Sea

Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 198
Hey Mowsley, check out the pair of following how-to sheets from the Bait Lab on shrimps for steelhead:

Shrimp Science: Coon Shrimp

Shrimp Science: Simple Tiger Prawn

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