are frozen better than shelf life?

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7 years 9 months ago #1769 by Jonnyrotten
and why?
hav always used shelf life as dont hav freezer room to store large quantity of freezer baits but should i be lookin to get some in?
thanx jonny ;)

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7 years 9 months ago #1776 by argos starter matt
Nah stick with your shelfies. Shop sold shelf life baits have caught millions of fish over the years and are every bit as good as the frozen jobs. The only difference between frozen and shelfies is the amount of preservatives and the price you pay for the lack of preservatives.

Once in the water the frozen jobs will eventually breakdown over a period of days and the resulting mush will get eaten by the smaller fish and the pondlife creatures (im not a biologist) shelfies will take weeks to breakdown and sometimes even longer. I know a certain lake owner (French) who has banned shelf lifes for that very reason.

There will be others on here who will advise that frozen baits are better and if they are happy with that then so be it, you pays yer money, you take your choice.

I use both frozen and shelf lifes as I dont get a lot of room in the family freezer, I have about a kilo of boilies, some paste and about half a dozen deadbaits in a cardboard box in the depths of the freezer that the missus doesnt know about lol.

I use shelfies for about 90% of my fishing.

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7 years 9 months ago #1779 by Gavfish
Cant tell you which is better because both have caught me fish but took this off wikipedia which may help explain the difference between them both. Alot of it was in argos starter matts post though. ;)
[i:he7lz92c]The carp angler has an enormity of types of boiled bait to choose from, some of which have added preservatives in them so that they can be kept at room temperature on shop shelves for a long time (shelf-life bait). Boilies that lack these added preservatives need to be refrigerated or frozen to stop them from going off; these are known as freezer baits. There have been many arguments discussing the pros and cons of both freezer and shelf-life boilies but the common opinion of many carp anglers is that due to the artificial preservatives in shelf-life baits they are not as nutritionally beneficial to the carp and therefore lack some attraction. Also, since in order to keep freezer baits fresh they need to be frozen soon after being rolled, not only will the ingredients used be of a much higher quality than in shelf lives but the ingredients used to make them will not lose much of their nutrients and attraction before being used in a fishing situation (much like frozen vegetables). Due to these facts freezer baits are often much more expensive than their shelf life counterparts[/i:he7lz92c]

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7 years 9 months ago #1782 by Jonnyrotten

Due to these facts freezer baits are often much more expensive than their shelf life counterparts


this is why i hav always used shelf life, if there not much difference then cant see why i need to fork out more money.
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7 years 9 months ago #1785 by Gavfish
As already said both catch mate. I believe that shelf lifes are just as good as freezer baits as long as they are opened fresh on the bank then any left over boilies at the end of the session are kept in an air tight container until they are used again. ;)

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7 years 9 months ago #1799 by bencarp16
Freezer baits by far mate. :D Never used shelf life ones. With freezer baits they are always fresh and theres no need to air-dry them for hookbaits as i have found they take on water quicker and breakdown much faster than frozen ones. ;)

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