Winter Time Sours

Discussion in 'Homemade baits' started by fourteenfootcat, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. fourteenfootcat

    fourteenfootcat New Member

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    It's that time of year again... Time to make some sours. For some that are not acquainted with this method of madness, let me fill ya in.

    Sours are anything and everything put in a bell jar and put in the sun or in the ground for weeks/months to 'sour' the meat you have in the jar. This can be fish gutts, fish chopped up in a blender, blood bait type stuff, cheese, and roadkill (hairless por favor). Sours are great for spring time flatheads, channels and blues.

    Now some people make their sours in the Spring. That's perfectly fine. I like to start a little early and get the vermentation going on my strips of carp meat I fillet.

    What kinda sours do you like to make?
     
  2. vini

    vini New Member

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    I dont know bout sours but i would'nt lick you're fingers after baiting up, e coli big time :eek:
     

  3. Mark Alexander

    Mark Alexander New Member

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    Never heard of sours......very intresting, kinda like souring maze?
     
  4. Big Nick

    Big Nick New Member

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    That is the most awful thing I have ever heard. I'll stick to the regular stuff!
     
  5. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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    We used to cut up skipjack and dig a hole. Put the bait in a glass gallon jar.
    IT will take about 3 days for the bait to be ready to use.
    Works great for trot lines or jugs.
    Pete
     
  6. on_the_fly

    on_the_fly New Member

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    well i guess if that works for ya , man that sounds nasty. i think i'll stick with fresh shad an skippies their bad enough fresh much less a few days or months old. an i do better with fresh than old or frozen anyways.
     
  7. cook

    cook New Member

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    Our lake gets covered with ice most winters.Lots of winter killed shad to be had frozen in the ice or on the edge.I will pick these up to use when the lake starts thawing.
    Not as extreme as burying them in a jar,but still effective.

    There is also a lake close by that is stocked with muskie,they will also feed on the shad as the ice melts and the shad drop to the bottom.
     
  8. fishoutloud

    fishoutloud New Member

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    If I can catch some early season shad I'll put them in a 5 gal bucket and cover them with water where they'll sit for a few days. I've never buried any. anyhow there's usually a few weeks early in the year that the cats just tear em' up!! Those fish are the ones that go to the table. They so much firmer and taste better out of the cooler spring water!
     
  9. Willy

    Willy New Member

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    Round these parts you can buy shad sides already soured by the pint. even know a fellar that uses pliers to bait his hook with them,nasty yas but effective bait this time of the year
     
  10. dademoss

    dademoss Member

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    Cant say I have done it on purpose, but having left some shad accidently, I can see where it would really leave a scent for em to follow.
     
  11. catsmith1

    catsmith1 New Member

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    I'll try most anything once maybe twice. Road kill idea sounds kinda interesting. Plenty of free bait around. If ya get it fresh you don't have the smell problem till hook time.
     
  12. Itch2Scratch

    Itch2Scratch New Member

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    I spose that would work, but I think I will stay with the fresh stuff...LOL To be honest it sounds like it would gag a magate!:conc-big:
     
  13. stickthrower

    stickthrower New Member

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    There was a time I almost gave up chew. I kept getting sick when fishing and blamed the chew for making me puke.:mad: Alas, I finally smartened up and bought a set of "dishwashing gloves" to use while baiting. Now I don't feel that "quesy feeling" and that works!:)

    Personally I like to use beef, chicken livers, scrap meat (not that particular) instead of fish meat for sours. Stays on the hook better. Have to be careful where I put it to sour due to neighbors and their animals getting into my bait.

    Frank
     
  14. GrandpaGoneFishing

    GrandpaGoneFishing New Member

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    Sounds like an evil brew but I have done that and had great luck in the spring. All I can say is stay up wind and wear gloves. When it comes time to eat or smoke, You'll be glad you did. If you puke, do it in the water. If they'll go for this brew, they'll have to see what thats about too.