Shoepeg Corn Tricks
White Shoepeg Corn
The name "Shoepeg corn" derives from a shoemaking term used during the 19th century. Shoepeg corn kernels resemble the wooden pegs used to attach soles to the upper part of shoes.
Shoepeg corn is a cultivar of white sweetcorn valued for its sweetness. It is characterized by small, narrow kernels tightly and unevenly packed on the cob. The corn has a sweet, mild flavor (this is debatable). The most common variety of shoepeg corn available today is "Green Giant White Shopeg Corn". Note to self: For Kokanee and Trout- not for "Humans".
Well, after tons of hours testing different corns on the market, the only one that seems to work the best for Kokanee and Trout is definitely "Green Giant White Shoepeg Corn", but you might want to keep your "bait" corn out of the pantry.
Last year after coming home from work, I walked into the house to an unusual smell in the air. My wife needed some corn for her stew and we happened to be out of frozen corn. In the pantry, that stack of "Green Giant White Shoepeg Corn" caught her eye, so in the stew it went. My wife is a great cook, so when we sat down to dinner and took our first taste, WOW, were we in for a surprise! The stew went straight to the garbage disposal and we ordered a pizza. So, from now on the Green Giant White Shoepeg Corn Stays in the "Bait Refrigerator" in the garage.
Ok now, how to prepare your corn for the best success:
The day before you go fishing, open your can of "Green Giant White Shoepeg Corn" half way and turn upside down at an angle in the sink for no less than 5 minutes to drain out all the liquid.
Now dump your corn into a quart Masson jar with one can of the cheapest tuna you can find, Bumble Bee is my go to. It doesn't seem to matter if it's packed in water or oil. Then add 1-2 teaspoons of Pro-Cure "Monster Bite",Shake it up to distribute the tuna and liquid evenly on the corn.
I try to hit the water with no less than 4 different scented corns in my bait cooler, so at this point I will fill 4-3oz. disposable portion cups with the tuna corn. #1, will stay just tuna corn. #2, I Sprinkle no more than 1 teaspoon of Pro-Cure "Wizard Kokanee Killer Korn Magic". #3, I Sprinkle no more than 1 teaspoon Pro-Cure "Garlic Slam-Ola" and squirt in some Pro-cure "Garlic Plus water Soluble Fish oil". #4, I add 5 drops of "pure anise oil", not extract, A new one #5 we have been having great success with this year was named "Strawberry" by my plumber "Joe the Plumber' (the original one). Sprinkle no more than 1 teaspoon Pro-Cure "Garlic Slam-Ola" and squirt in some Pro-cure "Garlic Plus water Soluble Fish oil" and cover the top of the corn with Pro-Cure "Salmon Slammer"
Leave in the refrigerator over night and drain off any extra liquid the next morning. Make sure that on the boat it stays cool with an ice bottle. If your corn warms up, it becomes soft and rancid, and will not stay on the hook.
A well organized Kokanee Bait Cooler is vital in a "HOT KOKANEE BITE", I get lines back in the water in seconds, and fish in boat for "Quicker Limits".
Pick your flavor of choice and place no more than one kernel on each hook. The corn has a specific way it works best on the hook: Place the corn with the top rounded part of the kernel toward your leader. This will be more hydrodynamic in the water and will not effect the action of the lure, also, the scent will slowly leach out of the bottom of the kernel.