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   Old Thread  #32 9 Feb 2022 at 2.31pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Lol I know all that... Infused that is what interests me or better said makes me smile... I guess it is great selling point...
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   Old Thread  #31 9 Feb 2022 at 2.23pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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SALT has been used for donkeys years to preserve things fish meats on the old ships on long voyages everything and of course now fishing baits
Himalayan rock salt is brilliant stuff very strong and ideal for preserving baits for a very long time
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   Old Thread  #30 9 Feb 2022 at 2.16pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you use oils and pg or similar base liquid you should be fine but I would still air dry them longer before packing.
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   Old Thread  #29 9 Feb 2022 at 2.15pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Himalayan rock salt infused boilies wtf infused what does that even mean?
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   Old Thread  #28 9 Feb 2022 at 1.49pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I think the coffee bags are a plastic that is called 'terracycle' or something like that, and can be recycled.
I do know my soft plastic packing goes in a bag for life and then gets taken to the plastic recycle bin at Sainsbury's.

Must admit that I have stopped buying veg from the supermarket and now use my local greengrocers who at the most put mushrooms in a paper bag, or straight into my bag.
I'll be using a grandma's trolley next...

So many things with shelf lifes, but as with anything, simple is often the best and easiest.
I said earlier in the thread I take what I need, simply tip a kilo into a bait bucket, and a few being dropped into my particles.
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   Old Thread  #27 9 Feb 2022 at 10.56am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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A friend of mine air dries his fresh boilies fro 24 hours then adds a liquid of choice then vacuum seals them in 1kg batches.

He then claims he doesnít need to freeze them and they last for months being stored in his garage.

Iím going to try this myself as my freezer is full and would be really useful for taking bait to France where the venue I am going to doesnít have room in their freezers for anglers own bait

It might be a great alternative to shelf life if it works as he claims

Another alternative Iíve seen is the Urban baits option where they are selling Himalayan rock salt infused boilies that do not require freezing. Although the price per kg seems expensive
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   Old Thread  #26 9 Feb 2022 at 3.05am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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a lot of whats out there is called "lay flat tubing" or precut poly bags, and go by a gauge or micron thickness.

Stickys 5kg ones will be thicker due to the amount of bait in them, so its a good shout! same with any bulk resealable bag, most the big firms are going to be using the same specification of thickness. for that size between 400 and 500 gauge
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   Old Thread  #25 8 Feb 2022 at 11.17pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I use my old sticky baits 5kg bags to keep my pellets in as I don't trust these pop up bait company's on social media for ****
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   Old Thread  #24 8 Feb 2022 at 12.02pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Just a case of prioritising convenience over the environment. Even all the bait freezers ticking over constantly is not a good look.
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   Old Thread  #23 8 Feb 2022 at 3.52am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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well done for being environmentally conscious. Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a feasible option for plastic free freezer bait storage, shelf life you can get away with it just about, but its cost prohibitive hence a lot of firms don't. plus its usually lined like coffee bags which is even worse as cant be recycled like plastic. thought about multiple use plastic but I think customers would think it looked manky ( silly but true).
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   Old Thread  #22 8 Feb 2022 at 0.05am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nothing has moved on. Theyíre still fish and they still eat bait
I use shelf life mostly, but buy fresh occasionally and while I have a vacuum packer I dislike the plastic waste it generates
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   Old Thread  #21 7 Feb 2022 at 8.08pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I was originally going to use CCMoores Pacific Tuna as a few lads up near where I live swear by it on the waters near me. The water I'm actually going to fish is in Hertfordshire but still opted for this bait as it's obviously good quality judging from the feedback given.

Then I noticed this one particular guy fishing the venue in Hertfordshire uses Sticky Baits Krill Shelf Life boilies and he's done extremely well on it throughout the year.

I haven't fished for carp specifically for about 10 years and it's obviously all moved on so much in that time. When I fished with the guys in East Yorkshire everyone was on Nutrabaits Trigga and on the venues down south it was Active-8 and Assassin-8.

I really need to try and catch up with some decent reading if anyone can suggest any on both fresh and shelf life baits.
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   Old Thread  #20 7 Feb 2022 at 6.50pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I have 5kilo bags of shelf lifes in my cupboard. I take out what I need for the session and use the zipseal on the bag until next time.
5kilos may last 2or3 months for me depending on how much I fish.
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   Old Thread  #19 7 Feb 2022 at 6.08pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Depends on the bait really, you can go through a lot of faff but I just monitored what I used and bagged up my personal bait with what I'll likely use / bait up with.

You can refreeze bait, just bare in mind each time you do this it will soften slightly. It would be best practice to only do this the once. as multiple times can make the bait extremely soft / split too easily. again though this is dependant on what you use.

There are baits out there that are binder heavy, and fairly muted in terms of how quickly they go off, these can be refreezed multiple times. good quality slightly soft fishmeals for example don't really like it.

It is trial and error though as everyone likes their bait different!

A lot of people see them as gimmicks but a decent bait bag keeps your bait in a stable environment and I recommend them, I've used fox, thinking anglers, all sorts. however for an overnight its either just a standard packet, or if I've got left over bait from the days work I throw this into a bucket and save wasting plastic etc.

It all depends how much effort you wanna go through with looking after your bait, but bait in better condition ( not always fresh but prime condition per say ) is an advantage, I as always told look after your bait and it'll look after you, and its so true.
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   Old Thread  #18 7 Feb 2022 at 5.52pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If you're going down the freezer rout make sure you buy a bait that's freshly rolled.

Vacuum pack the bait (get the little machines and bags off Amazon, Ebay etc). Once packed freeze.
Take out what you want but only open bags you will use, any un-opened bags re-freeze, no damage done and you can do this a number of times.
I vacuum mine in 2KG packs and 1KG packs, in some I add a bit of liquid but its not really needed. When you defrost a vacuum pack of bait it will be as good as the day you got it even a year or so down the line, zero freezer burn

Oldgeezer should be along later, like me he's been doing it for years too.
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