There are times when you just cannot find any suitable bait for salmon fishing. I have looked at some of the dried vacuum-packed salmon eggs at sporting goods stores but frankly I think you may just be wasting your money trying to catch a salmon using that so called bait.
The following is a recipe for tuna balls that really makes a good alternative salmon bait. I have caught fall salmon using tuna balls fished below bobbers in tidewaters. I have also used tuna balls upriver after fishing a hole for 15 to 20 minutes without success using eggs, switch to tuna balls and have had guys in my boat catch salmon. Tuna balls work and here is how you can make them:
Tuna Balls for Salmon fishing
You will need:
1. Premium Canned Tuna in oil – one can
2. Some old salmon eggs that have been in the freezer for a couple of years,
3. Mike’s Glo Scent Oil – Shrimp.
4. Small Puffballs – pink.
5. Raspberry Jello – one pkg.
6. Wedding vale – pink or red
7. Wonder Thread or 6 lb. Mono also works
In large bowl:
1. Drain off Tuna oil and save in separate container.
2. Mix in the Jello with the Tune to desired color.
3. Finely chop up roe and combine with tuna and jello, leave some eggs intact.
4. Add small hand-full of the puff balls, mix,
5. One half bottle of Mike’s Shrimp Oil, mix (use rubber gloves to prevent divorce)
6. Cut the wedding vale into 4″ squares.
7. Spoon out enough mixture onto the 4″ squares to make a ball about the size of a quarter, hold the corners of the wedding vale and use the thread to make a tight ball of mixture. Tie tightly and cut off excess wedding vale and place in a clean jar and add tune oil and allow to site overnight. FISH ON!
8. Send this recipe to one or more of your fishing buddies who uses old dried out roe.