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I'm having a hard time locating sardines (all sold out), so do any of you happen to use herring as a substitute? Plenty of that around, just unsure of how effective it is.

Thanks in advance. :shrug:
 

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It will work - just not as oily as sardine.
 

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You can almost always find sardines at that asian food market off of Beaverton/Hillsday hwy (the 217 end of it) on the south side of the road.

Although they're usually pretty big.. so you'll want to trim them up good - and for some reason they seem softer than the ones packaged for bait... so i usually cure them a bit (which i do anyways on any of my sardines)
 

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I've had good luck with anchovy as well. Also prawn wrap has worked in a pinch.
 

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Rola,

Saok them in sardine oil. anchovy oil, or herring oil. I just started curing my sardines to toughen up the fillets. You can squirt any type of scent (fish oil etc.) on there for a little extra taste.
 

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Have you called some of the fish markets down in Astoria. I cant remember the name of the one I buy my sardines from but it is on the docks on Foot and 11th. You can get a box of 50 sardines for $10! They are big sardines too, about 10 inches! One box will hold me for the entire springer season.

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The Fish market is called Fergus Mcbairnsie, or something close to that,,,,,,,,or drive over here for the day and just meet a sardine boat at the docks. They start unloading daily at about 4:00 PM. Most skippers will give you a 5 gallon bucket full. I still have sardines from last fall in the freezer, but will use em for crab bait. They are excellent. Better yet, come over for the razor clam dig starting the 24th, and you can pick up the sardines while you are here.
 

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when i fish for fall nooks i use anchovies on my kwik fish. I have had 4 in the boat and have been out 4 times. This maybe not enough trials for some, but it seems to work well. good luck

Cartman
 
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