SEATTLE - One rainy evening I was hanging out in my garage and getting my fishing gear ready for the next morning's trip. I had four containers of eggs left over from fishing earlier in the day and I decided to use them for tomorrow. The eggs were pre-cut and cured in Pautzke's natural colored Borx O' Fire.
I thought I was ready to go ... that is until the rain turned into a downpour. I knew that this kind of rain would cause the water to gain some serious color. At that point I came to the realization that my natural-colored eggs would no longer make the cut.
Sure, I could have taken some more brighter-colored eggs out of my bait freezer, but I didn't want to waste the ones I had already thawed. Then an idea came to me: What if there was some way to "revamp" your already cured eggs? Some way to recolor and recharge them?
I was after something brighter; something to give the steelhead some visual candy. That night resulted in my discovery of a hot new technique for recharging eggs!
The Fire Brine experiment
When I first started using Fire Brine, I pretty much limited myself to the Orange and Red colors. These two fundamental colors work great, however when I incorporated Borx O' Fire, it opened up an endless possibility of colors. At that moment I knew I had stumbled upon something great.
Customize your colors
And the list goes on!
As a fisherman, it's always important to prepare for the river conditions. Dealing with off-color conditions, for example?? Try a Fluorescent Red Chartreuse mixture. The Chartreuse Fire Brine has large quantities of UV, which adds that extra flare during off-color conditions. With Pautzke Fire Brine and Borx O' Fire, I can create just about any color I need. People often ask me if I ever color my eggs purple or blue. I usually chuckle and say "nope!", however these colors do work well for herring.
Not all of my curing experiments work out the way I plan, but I got really lucky with this one. Not only is it simple to do, but it's economical if you don't have a lot of eggs, but you need to change color. Most importantly, it catches fish.
Here are the steps.
Step 1 - Choosing your eggs
It does not matter whether your eggs are thawed or frozen, the recharge will still work regardless.
Step 2 - Creating the mixture
A basic brine consists of 1 bottle of Fire Brine for every 1 cup of Borx O' Fire.
Once you have created the mixture, make sure to stir it for around 3 minutes. You want to try and dissolve the Borx O' Fire as much as possible.
Step 3 - Combining the eggs with the mixture
Optimal time for the egg recharge mixture to process is around 2 to 4 hours, however if you forget about the eggs, they can last in the brine for days and still be successful. I speak of this from personal experience because I have left the eggs unattended in brine for 5 days and still caught fish on them. For eggs with a lot of borax on them, you must let them soak longer to penetrate through the borax. The eggs shown below are not completely submerged as recommended. The purpose of this is to show the color variation between the cured eggs and the brine mixture.
Step 4 - Draining the eggs
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