Do you guys do anything to shad before freezing them?

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by Sunburn, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. Sunburn

    Sunburn New Member

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    freezing them in plastic bags? This time of year here on the Ohio River the shad school up big time and are easy targets for a cast net. One can get lots of bait in short order. But I've never froozen any before. Thanks, Phil...
     
  2. catfishcentral

    catfishcentral New Member

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    The only really good way in my experience that frozen shad works is first and formost have a vacuum sealer. I've tried them without sealiing them and they just turn to mush no matter how you prepare them. When getting ready to catch and freeze shad it's importmant to keep them cool (on ice) until you freeze them. It's important to keep them cool but also keep the water away from them to help keep their oils and preserve them as best as possible. I'll take a nice size ice chest with me and some frozen two liters to keep them cool and the water away from them. Then take them home for vacuum sealing. I've tried regular plastic bags and trying to get all the air out but you never can without a sealer. There are not IMO worth the trouble without a sealer.

    Good Luck.