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UK Sea Fishing FAQ Sea Angling Baits. Which baits to use, which baits work.

UK Sea Angling Baits

U.K. Sea Fishing FAQ   -   Pysgota Mor y Deyrnas Gyfunol


UK Sea Fishing Baits


5. Baits
  5.1 Is frozen bait any good?
    This all depends on the type of bait, and the quality of the freezing.
    Blast frozen baits such as sandeel, mackerel, and squid are excellent,
    and are only bettered by bait caught on the same day. Look for brand
    names on the bait packets, I can recommend Ammo and Atrakta baits
    though there are others. Beware of un-named packets, these are usually
    frozen by the shop and are not blast frozen.

    Bait you freeze yourself at home, may be O.K. for boat fishing and as
    groundbait, but is not as tough as blast frozen baits for casting.
    Remember that domestic freezers are only designed to freeze a few
    pounds of produce at a time, not several stone of mackerel or cod!

    The blocks of Californian Calamari squid are also excellent. Blast
    freezing is not so important with squid.  Worm baits, except for black
    lug, will not freeze.

  5.2 How do you keep soft baits like mussell on the hook when casting?
    The usual way of keeping soft baits on the hook is to use a thin
    elastic thread to bind the bait to the hook. Most tackle shops now
    sell an extremely thin elastic for this purpose that is almost
    invisible. Otherwise try a haberdashery or drapers shop, I think that
    the thread is called "Gold Zaks".  If you cannot get this invisible
    thread, use shirring elastic.

    A new system has just come on the market for freezing bait onto the
    hook for casting. This is based on a freezer spray similar to the one
    plumbers use.  The system consists of a can of freezer, and a box (10 x
    4 x 2 inches) with a two different sized compartments and some holes in
    the lid. The baited hook is placed in a compartment and the lid is
    closed. The baited hook is placed on the tray, and the lid shut. Then
    the spray is squirted into the relevant hole to freeze the bait. Only a
    few seconds is needed to freeze small bait, larger baits may need a
    couple of squirts through different holes. After casting the bait
    defrosts in seconds under the water. The spray is not flammable and
    does not contain CFC's. At present I do not know what the price is.

    For more details contact:
    ARTIC BAIT FREEZER, Wavecare Ltd, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6QF.
    Tel (01572) 756802

    Has anyone tried this? Please let me know how it works.

Jun 9 1998, 12:00 am


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U.K. Sea Fishing FAQ - Pysgota Mor y Deyrnas Gyfunol - Compiled by : Colin Albert
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