We offer ideas and "how to" methods for rigging your HBF baits. Bait type and intended fishing method are factors in "hooking up"!
Our salt-cured baits are fresh dead and immediately placed in the curing process.
Depending on the species and size of bait, salt-curing takes 10-16 days.
Upon finishing the salt-curing, baits are packaged and frozen (below -10F) in vac-sealed bags.
HBF may produce one of the best P&P "preserved & processed" bait available on the market. Various state regulations require real fish baits to be sterile. Our P&P baits retain the natural color, body texture & durability of a live bait.
Our frozen baits are packaged and frozen within an hour of dispatch. They are held at -10°F (-23°C) until shipping.
Active fishing with down riggers, lead core or surface lines towed behind a powered water craft.
Active casting & retrieving from a stationary position (waters edge, anchored boat) or from a drifting boat.
This fishing method includes fishing with bobbers or balloons with baits suspended above the bottom, jugging, trot-lining, or bottom drop-lining.
Bait Species at HBF's OnLine Bait Shop
Suckers: 3" to 12" Frozen or P&P most popular.
River Dace(Fallfish): 2" to 10" Frozen, SaltCured or P&P. Excellent bait for Lake Trout, Pike, Walleye, Bass, Catfish, Ling(Burbot), etc.
Shiners: Golden Shiners from 1" to 10" Frozen, SaltCured & P&P.
Common Shiners(Red Fins) from 1" to 5" Frozen, SaltCured & P&P.
Spottail Shiners will be available in late summer.
Minnows: 1" to 3" Fatheads, Dace & Chub. Species may be mixed, available SaltCured or P&P.
Smelt: 2½” to 10" Frozen, SalCured, P&P. Our most popular species! This bait will catch all species of fish including smelt!
Crayfish: 1½” to 5" Live, Frozen or P&P.
Big gamefish are "meat hunters" and often choosy about their diet. Presentation and persistence is important.
They didn't get big being stupid!