How to freeze skipjack?

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by Rtpcat, May 1, 2007.

  1. Rtpcat

    Rtpcat New Member

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    I have been catching a few more skips than I can fish with in a trip.
    If I freeze them should they be whole or cut-up. Should they be frozen in water or just the fish in a bag?

    Last time I just stuck them in an ice bag and threw them in the freezer.

    How is the best way to preserve the bait?
     
  2. beakus

    beakus New Member

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    you can ship your extra to me!
     

  3. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    One of the tricks to freezing skipjack is to vacumn seal. If you do not own one of these foodsavers you can still freeze them. They will not last as long and finally get mushy. Take a freezer ziplock bag, place whole skipjack inside according to the size of your fish. Place the gal ziplock bag into a pan of water and work the air out. Then seal. Note: you are not putting water into the bag containing the skipjack. I hope this works for you.:lol: :big_smile:
     
  4. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Get em below 32 degrees works for me. :lol:
    I'm sure that vacuum sealing would keep them better & longer, but not having a sealer, I put mine, whole, into plastic bags and get out all the air I can.
     
  5. Rtpcat

    Rtpcat New Member

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    Thanks, just freeze them. That's what I wanted to know. I have frozen shad before but it rots off the hook about the time its thawed out. Maybe skipjack will do better. I sure like it better than shad for fresh cutbait when fishing for blue cats.