Thanks all,I don't brine them,they are smoked on a ECB smoke n grill,I use 3 sticks of oak,7-8" long and about 1-1 1/2" diameter and smoke for about 2 1/2 hrs,the sticks are cut straight from the tree (it works for me with fish)
We usually troll for ours. Small silver spoons, some wire helps with cut offs due to their teeth. Ours usually average 2 to 5 lbs. Love to make dip out of them and put them on a Ritz Cracker with some of this stuff.