How long will shad keep in the freezer?

Discussion in 'Shad Talk' started by BenNewt, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. BenNewt

    BenNewt New Member

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    And still be good for channel cats?

    We have long winters in Minnesota here (so says captain obvious). I want to catch a bunch of shad this fall and keep them in the freezer for 5 months or so to use for the spring bite. Will this work, or am I just wasting my wife's freezer space?
     
  2. tufffish

    tufffish New Member

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    remember some shad is better than no shad. when you put them up add some pickling salt to them. this will help. they may be a little soggy, but you will have some shad if you cannot get any other bait. i used some the other day i had forgotten i had. they were over a year old and they worked on redfish.
     

  3. LMHart

    LMHart New Member

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    I would say they would keep till the better half finds them. I kept mine for over 7 months till "she" made me throw them out.

    I freeze mine whole
     
  4. JEFFRODAMIS

    JEFFRODAMIS New Member

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    thats what i was going to say lmao
     
  5. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    in the winter i will catch a 5 gallon bucket full and vacuum seal them. i have never had them past the end of may, but they were good until then. i cold thaw them and keep them cold till they go on the hook, and they do fine. keep water off them before they get used, or they will get mushy as hell.
     
  6. Pip

    Pip New Member

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    From what I've been told vacuum packing is the way to go far as keeping them fresh. Should be able to keep them an awful long time.
     
  7. lookin_4_moby

    lookin_4_moby New Member

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    here we net all of ours in the fall and stock up our freezers otherwise you won't have any come spring the next year. so they'll keep for 6-8 months
     
  8. playin4funami

    playin4funami New Member

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    I use a vacuum packer the most,but if you are short on freezer space and keeping larger shad salt curing them works great to,just gut the shads and then layer then into a five gallon bucket with a good lid,putting salt in the gut cavity and putting a layer of salt 1/2 inch thick between each layer of fish,they will cure on their own this way and need no refridgeration,just set in a corner in a garage or shed,be sure to use plenty of salt,best is to go to a feed store and buy a 50 lb bag,about 5 or 6 bucks cost.
     
  9. countryboy79

    countryboy79 New Member

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    Dry the shade off with paper towels. Then freeze them in vacuum sealed bags and they will last for a while.
     
  10. 1mickymoo

    1mickymoo New Member

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    I have had shad for over a year, no salt, just vacumme packed and DEEP frozen. My deep freeze is 10 - 15 below zero, (no good for Ice cream), great for bait and steaks.