UK Fishing Forums
If you haven't posted today why not log in and let us know what you've been up to

or if you are new to the site

Sign up today and share with us your experiences

Where friendly and welcoming

Thanks for reading and

Welcome to UKFF

Quick and easy way to prepair Mussels for a well presented bait

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Quick and easy way to prepair Mussels for a well presented bait

Post by allthegearnoidea on Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:24 am

Mussels are a very much underrated bait, which is strange as they'll catch a wide variety of fish... Bass, Cod, Wrasse & whiting to name a few.
It's free if you know where to find them, easy to collect and simple to prepare in advance......

Here's the method I use to open and prepare mussels for bait.
I know people advocate the easier method of pouring boiling water over the mussels until they open, then dunk them in cold water to stop them cooking further....but I feel this method presents them in their most natural state.

Tools for the job

Essential.....DON'T USE A SHARP KNIFE!!
I use a cut down 'butter' knife, you can find them on car boots or at the back of your mum's cutlery drawer. I find these good to use because the metal of the blade is thinner than modern cutlery, so it's easier to slide into the mussel shell.
The blade of the knife was quite long so for ease, I've cut it shorter and rounded off the end. Basically, any blunt ended knife will do the trick....



So if you look at the mussel in this picture, you open it on the right hand side (the flat side), where the "beard" of the mussel comes out of the shell. This is the natural weak spot, as it has to allow the strands of the beard between the two halves of the shell to attach itself to whatever........



So that's where you slide your knife. There's no need for brute force, wiggle the knife edge around and apply gentle pressure and you'll feel the blade slide between the two halves....





Once in, slide the blade up towards the rounded end of the mussel.........



This is where the 'muscle' of the mussel is situated. Once you've cut through this, the shell comes apart easily. It's the round white bit next to the knife......



So, you then use the rounded end of your knife to clean the flesh out of the shell or if you prefer, use the rounded end of another shell to remove the flesh . Don't worry if it comes out in the odd bits, as long as you try and keep it as intact as you can, you'll get better with practice!


Next, get a skewer, I use a BBQ metal one but a wooden one or even a knitting needle would do. Slide the meat of the mussels onto the skewer like so.....



Next you get your trusty elasticated thread, I prefer 'Ghost cocoon' thread, the thin stuff.....and WHIP IT TO AN INCH OF IT'S LIFE!! .....



Give it a good going over with the thread, backwards and forwards loads, catching all the dangly bits and consolidate the whole thing into a 'sausage', so that it stays in one piece when you slide it off the skewer...



And you should end up with this.....

When you use it, you can cut it into suitable size pieces, but I ALWAYS use extra thread to whip it onto your hooks

The more mussels you shell, the easier it becomes....practice makes perfect!
Also, I believe freezing the mussels & defrosting in their shells prior to preparing them makes them easier to open or that they even open naturally.

Bang your mussel 'sausage' in the freezer for those unexpected trips, the elastic holds up well but I always use extra as a safeguard!
If you've got good quality frozen black lug, peeler crab, squid and mussel in your freezer I reckon you've got all the bases covered for a cracking, last minute decision, cod session......[/size]
avatar
allthegearnoidea
Top Member
Top Member

Male
Number of posts : 264
Age : 60
Location : Nottinghamshire
Reputation : 34
Registration date : 2008-04-20

View user profile http://disabledfishingtalk.forumotion.com/index.htm

Back to top Go down

Re: Quick and easy way to prepair Mussels for a well presented bait

Post by nixon on Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:28 am

Gords gunna love you, he's our main sea guy,so will appreciate the extra posts in the section.
Good info,Im sure it'll be of use to some of us Wink
GB

_________________
avatar
nixon
UKFF Moderator
UKFF Moderator

Male
Number of posts : 4976
Age : 38
Location : Essex
Reputation : 121
Registration date : 2008-04-04

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Quick and easy way to prepair Mussels for a well presented bait

Post by Stotty on Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:46 am

top post and good to see you back

_________________
avatar
Stotty
Site Gaffer !
Site Gaffer !

Male
Number of posts : 12673
Age : 46
Location : Essex Boy!
Reputation : 348
Registration date : 2008-03-15
My Bait : get on the bait Zone

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Quick and easy way to prepair Mussels for a well presented bait

Post by allthegearnoidea on Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:01 am

thanks m8 good to be back
avatar
allthegearnoidea
Top Member
Top Member

Male
Number of posts : 264
Age : 60
Location : Nottinghamshire
Reputation : 34
Registration date : 2008-04-20

View user profile http://disabledfishingtalk.forumotion.com/index.htm

Back to top Go down

Re: Quick and easy way to prepair Mussels for a well presented bait

Post by Dando on Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:25 am

What a cracking read there, and very useful

some pos rep coming your way !

_________________
UK FISHING FORUMS

UK BASED FISHING FORUM FOR ANGLERS WHO ENJOY A BIT OF ANGLING BANTER
avatar
Dando
Site Gaffer !
Site Gaffer !

Male
Number of posts : 4234
Age : 35
Location : Leeds, Armley
Reputation : 147
Registration date : 2008-03-03
My Bait : CC Moores & Sticky Baits

View user profile http://ukfishingforums.darkbb.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Quick and easy way to prepair Mussels for a well presented bait

Post by sardarel on Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:38 am

Not only the second read from you today both with Poz rep... but for you carp danglers.... what a bait... maybe the edge...

_________________
2010 Targets..

10lb Bream...
20lb Pike...
30lb Carp...

to meet as many new members of this place and enjoy everyones tales of all things fishy
avatar
sardarel
Global Mod
Global Mod

Male
Number of posts : 4450
Age : 47
Location : Costa Del
Reputation : 170
Registration date : 2008-11-17
My Bait : anything TURKISH...!!!

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Quick and easy way to prepair Mussels for a well presented bait

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum