Keeping bait fresh

Discussion in 'SOUTH CAROLINA LAKES / RESERVOIRS' started by Foxhound, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. Foxhound

    Foxhound New Member

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    Guys you gotta try this. I quit trying to keep threadfin shad/blueback herring alive since Im going to cut them before I put them on the hook anyway. To keep them firm and fresh I use one of these portable vacuum sealers on the market now. Once out the bait store, I put a dozen in each bag, hit em with the ole portable battery operated hand held held vacuum pump and pile em up in the cooler. I dont try to freeze them, but it sure works good to keep bait fersh and firm for those one or two day trips. The little hand held pump and re-usable vacuum bags can be bought at Wal-mart for around 20 bucks.
     
  2. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Great idea, Ken. I do the same thing, except i have just been using zip-locks & paper towels. I'll have to get one of those vac pumps, Arte they in the same section as the other vacuum sealers?
     

  3. mariofish

    mariofish New Member

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    thanks for that tip foxhound:smile2:
     
  4. Gomer

    Gomer New Member

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    Great idea Foxhound, Thanks for the tip
     
  5. Foxhound

    Foxhound New Member

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    Tommy, they are in the same area as the zip loc bags. My wife actually bought this one and I kinda relocated it from the kitchen to the boat.......as soon as I get that way again, Ill buy a new one and put the old one back in the kitchen......Oh yeah......make sure you rinse the little cap out so it dont stink !!!!!! Runs on 6 AA batteries.
     
  6. droptine77

    droptine77 New Member

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    Thanks Ken. I've been wanting one of those and didn't realize wally world had them that cheap.
     
  7. Pro kc

    Pro kc New Member

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    Good idea foxhound. Ima go buy me one!
     
  8. dust777man

    dust777man New Member

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    Great idea. Thanks for the tip!
     
  9. mariofish

    mariofish New Member

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    welcome to boc you will love it:big_smile:
     
  10. mariofish

    mariofish New Member

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    nice blue good job gomer kept up the good work:cool2:
     
  11. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    welcome boc and your right it does work good
     
  12. tiny b

    tiny b Active Member

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    Thanks, gonna have to try that.
     
  13. Gomer

    Gomer New Member

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    Went by wally world last night and got a vack seel. They are in the grocery section with the zip locks. Only paid $7.00 for a starter kit comes with 3 qt bag to get you started, Good buy I think, Thanks Again Foxhound !!
     
  14. wylie catter

    wylie catter Member

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    I haven't bought one yet but I do the next best thing. Put the shad in a ziplock bag (without paper towels) and close it all but about a 1/2". Then slowly submerge the bag in water up to the opening but don't let water in the bag. It pushes 99% of the air out. Then seal it while it's submerged.

    Some people use a straw in the opening but I don't see a need for it myself.

    They hold up real good freezing them this way.
    The shad will still bleed when you take them out. It's the same principal as vacuum sealing, I think.