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Shelf life baits vs frozen baits

Post by silvercarpboy on Fri Oct 26, 2012 1:08 pm

Just wanted to know if any of you fellas really honstly think frozen baits are better over shelf life baits it seems silly to me that you stick a kilo of frozen baits out only to fish a pop up!
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Re: Shelf life baits vs frozen baits

Post by Elty on Fri Oct 26, 2012 2:00 pm

having seen first hand what the large companies put into shelf life baits in the way of preservatives i would always steer clear of shelf lifes if possible.

if its not an ingredient to attract or give nutrition to the fish then it shouldnt be in the bait.

and putting out a whole kilo of bait just because its freezer bait seems bonkers to me too.

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Re: Shelf life baits vs frozen baits

Post by Bigbadjon on Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:38 am

Freezer baits for me normally albeit I get dynamite baits cheep so have always got a back up of there shelf life which I think are the best on the Market and I have the upmost confidence in

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Post by HAPPYANGLERALEX on Sat Oct 27, 2012 4:05 pm

Interesting, fresh v preservatives, so, if the carp were feeding on the same boilies, half frozen, half shelf, would the carp choose? frozen over shelf.

as the cost for frozen is only a couple of pounds more than shelf, is frozen more likely to catch.

how about frozen on hair/hook rest shelf?

I often use shelf dipped in a strong flavour.

as for catching, have not noticed any difference between frozen and shelf.

perhaps its the location where there is a preference and a preference has been established..
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Re: Shelf life baits vs frozen baits

Post by BrianR on Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:10 am

I am happy to use both freezer and shelf life baits , and it is my personal belief that a carp will not swim past one to get to another, it's all just food to them. Here's a thought, I don't know this for a fact, no doubt some one will tell me, but surely all the individual ingredients required for any particular bait have been preserved in someway before they arrive at the various bait companies

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Re: Shelf life baits vs frozen baits

Post by Elty on Mon Oct 29, 2012 10:12 am

i think frozen only really offers a distinct advantage if you are fishing the same venue constantly. in a one off scenario i cant see there being a big difference.

never use frozen on the hair though. most are too soft.

i would think thats right for most large bait companies Brian. But then you add even more preservative when the boilies are made. so its like a double hit. although you could get round this is you used powdered egg but then the bait is much harder to roll and is powedered egg as good as fresh?

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Re: Shelf life baits vs frozen baits

Post by BrianR on Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:30 am





i would think thats right for most large bait companies Brian. But then you add even more preservative when the boilies are made. so its like a double hit.

Can't argue with that Elty. Rather negates the 'preservative free' argument of the frozen bait purists though. Use whatever you're happy with I suppose is the answer.

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Re: Shelf life baits vs frozen baits

Post by Elty on Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:43 am

agreed.

i would imagine that the majority of carpers started out with shelf life and they caught on them.

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Re: Shelf life baits vs frozen baits

Post by DaveS on Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:25 pm

I started out carp fishing from the beginning and always believed fresh was best and frozen equalled fresher than shelf life. Had my nose rubbed in it a few times over the years by someone turning up with a tutti fruiti shelf life or similar and catching big fish while I blanked using a super duper HNV frozen boilie.
Last season I switched to a preserved ready made fish meal boilie and had 3 of the lakes biggest fish in two short sessions where before I had been struggling.
Could all be coincidence but give shelf life a try before discounting them.

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