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How are you handling your frozen Ballyhoo

Old 08-12-2019, 04:45 PM
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Default How are you handling your frozen Ballyhoo

Got to admit I'm getting a bit depressed by all the money I waste on throw away ballyhoo because I took them out fishing and never used them. I'm wondering what some of you do to cut down on the wastage. Haven't had much luck refreezing them and haven't tried keeping thawed ones in the frig until next trip I'm wondering if I keep them on ice until I need them or return home, if they will stay frozen. Would appreciate hearing what you do.
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:05 PM
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The 15 bucks I spend on ballyhoos for a trip is the cheapest part of the trip!
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Old 08-12-2019, 05:11 PM
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I burry mine in heavy ice ..in a small cooler.. open one pack at a time... when I get in ..they are still mostly frozen toss them in the freezer again.. I also save semi battered ones .. to use on a spinner for schoolies pitch baits I'm cheap I know but it works
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Originally Posted by Bruce1505 View Post
I burry mine in heavy ice ..in a small cooler.. open one pack at a time... when I get in ..they are still mostly frozen toss them in the freezer again.. I also save semi battered ones .. to use on a spinner for schoolies pitch baits I'm cheap I know but it works
x2...i do the same and I'm cheap also
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:21 AM
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I buy the packs of 12 then vacuum seal them into packs of 3 or 4.
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Old 08-13-2019, 06:22 AM
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Well, we have an onboard bait freezer. But honestly? I have had no issue with re-freezes left in the pack. We have our primes and our seconds. So when I run a trip, the primes (never defrosted, thawed at the dock, pre-rigged, brined, etc) go in the water first. We have a constant stock of re-freezes (or seconds) we just keep as backup. So if or when we run through our prime stock, out go the seconds.

I've literally noticed no difference running my seconds. One trip this year, I went through like 4 packs of selects in an hour due to mahi and white marlin kicking the crap out of them. The seconds went in the water and they still were all over them.

Before the onboard bait freezer (which we don't run every trip) I would bury the seconds down in the bottom of the cooler under ice. They would only get semi-thawed.
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:27 AM
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refreeze all the time, then use as cut bait, then chum. Some folks get a little carried away with ballyhoo care if you ask me. Fresh ones need to be brined sure, but after that they are in and out of the freezer a lot.
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Small cooler w dry ice
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:46 AM
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Originally Posted by HookMeUpII View Post
Well, we have an onboard bait freezer. But honestly? I have had no issue with re-freezes left in the pack. We have our primes and our seconds. So when I run a trip, the primes (never defrosted, thawed at the dock, pre-rigged, brined, etc) go in the water first. We have a constant stock of re-freezes (or seconds) we just keep as backup. So if or when we run through our prime stock, out go the seconds.

I've literally noticed no difference running my seconds. One trip this year, I went through like 4 packs of selects in an hour due to mahi and white marlin kicking the crap out of them. The seconds went in the water and they still were all over them.

Before the onboard bait freezer (which we don't run every trip) I would bury the seconds down in the bottom of the cooler under ice. They would only get semi-thawed.
This^^^^^^^

I catch and brine my own and vacuum seal at 6 per pack. Kept in a separate bait cooler buried in ice. What we don't use stay pretty much frozen and they are the first out on the next trip as I don't like refreezing them over and over. If were going the next day we just keep them on ice till then. Any thawed left overs are cut up for chum or chunk baits. You can then refreeze them chunks all you want. We normally go through around 3 dozen so I always take 4 dozen. Ain't good to run out when that's what their eating and your a long way from the dock.
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