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…
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?