HOW times have changed – from the days when freshly rolled, home-made and frozen boilies were thought to be the ul­ti­mate big carp bait, to to­day’s var­ied bait menu where frozen boilies of­ten don’t even get a look-in. Here are a few of the con­sid­er­a­tions…

Anglers Mail - - Carp Crew -

Apart from be­ing slightly harder due to be­ing dried more thor­oughly, there is no dif­fer­ence in the qual­ity of rep­utable shelflife ver­sus frozen boilies, other than con­ve­nience. The big ben­e­fit of shelf-life bait is that the food re­mains the same qual­ity as long


Most frozen bait is sent frozen from a man­u­fac­turer rather than freshly rolled, then on an overnight car­rier and in­evitably it is de­frost­ing as it trav­els. Then it has to be de­liv­ered to a shop, un­packed and re­stocked into a tackle shop bait freezer. Then it needs to slowly re­freeze be­fore you buy it and take it home, dur­ing which it is thaw­ing again, and is re­frozen yet again. Are you kid­ding your­self how fresh it is by the time you take it to a lake and use it? 1 3

Keep­ing frozen bait in good con­di­tion means in­su­lated cool or bait bags and ice packs. Keep­ing bait chilled is not too tricky up to two to three days, but af­ter that it be­comes much less prac­ti­cal, un­less you have ac­cess as it is looked af­ter. Frozen and thaw­ing bait is gen­er­ally al­ways de­grad­ing or spoil­ing rather than stay­ing the same. Some bait recipes may get bet­ter as they age, but how long would you want to eat a food con­tain­ing fresh eggs af­ter it had been left out in the air? to a freezer and can take bait out as and when you need it. And what do you do with what you don’t use? Is it okay to re­freeze it or is it less ef­fec­tive than be­fore? Do you end up throw­ing bait in at the end of a ses­sion be­cause you’re not sure?

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