Freezing suckers and bluegill?

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by tomcat85, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. tomcat85

    tomcat85 New Member

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    is there a way to preserve them so you can take them out next time fishing?
     
  2. Ol Whiskers

    Ol Whiskers New Member

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    I take the live ones left over from the day, and any that have expired, right into a ziplock baggie, push out all the air, and into the freezer. It seems beter if you only make one layer in each baggie - easier to thaw, and easier to break apart if you just want a couple. Big shad get bagged individually. Do bluegill, shiners, chubs, shad, carp, sheepheads.

    Dennis
     

  3. tomcat85

    tomcat85 New Member

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    thanks brother! appreciate it!
     
  4. Scott Daw

    Scott Daw New Member

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    i like using a vacuum sealer. I got one for christmas last year so i can keep my cat fillets without freezer burning. works well for me
     
  5. bolivar 0637

    bolivar 0637 New Member

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    Thanks fellows, You are sure helping a beginner.
     
  6. catchinghogs

    catchinghogs Well-Known Member

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    I also put them in a freezer bag just squeeze the air out.I have even caught flatheads on bait that was stiill frozen.
     
  7. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    I've been hearing some talk about freezing shad in corn meal...s'posed to keep them from freezing together. Haven't tried it myself.
     
  8. tomcat85

    tomcat85 New Member

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    thanks again brothers!
     
  9. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    You can layer wax paper between the bait fish. Helps with sticking.
     
  10. catman529

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    yeah, what I do is put the fish in a ziplock bag, squeeze the air out and seal it. Bluegills are tough anyway and they still work after a freeze.
     
  11. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    For those that don't have a vacuum sealer for their bait. I used to put them in a ziplock baggy and fill a tub with water and put the bottom of the baggy with the bait in it, into the water all the way up to the zipper part and zip it shut. The water will squeeze almost all of the air out of the baggy and thus preventing freezer burn.
    Freezer burn is what causes shad to get mushy.
     
  12. tomcat85

    tomcat85 New Member

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    should i keep the bluegill whole when i freeze them?
     
  13. catman529

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    Thats what I do to all of my fish
     
  14. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    YES!!! The scales and slim help prevent freezer burn as well. Until you cut it up, the fish is actually sealed as well as nature can provide!!!
     
  15. tbartek

    tbartek New Member Supporting Member

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    I've frozen and refrozen gills as many as eight times. They don't soften up and the smell just keeps getting better and better. Plain old ziplock in the deep freeze works fine. If I'm using live bait, at the end of the night those that survived usually go into the river. Those that don't head for the freezer.