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Kevin23

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Frozen or Thawed?
« on: Jan 27, 2017, 09:52 PM »
When fishing pike with tipups, do you guys put your dead baits down frozen or do you thaw them in water first? Anyone ever notice a difference between the two in terms of bites/drops?

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Re: Frozen or Thawed?
« Reply #1 on: Jan 28, 2017, 12:08 AM »
I always thaw them, I feel it makes it hard to get a good hook set if they are frozen.

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Re: Frozen or Thawed?
« Reply #2 on: Jan 28, 2017, 06:17 AM »
I always use thawed, I think the smell disperses better.

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Re: Frozen or Thawed?
« Reply #3 on: Jan 28, 2017, 12:14 PM »
I thaw mine out in the fridge the night before I go.
I think flash thawing makes the bait mushy and not as good.

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Re: Frozen or Thawed?
« Reply #4 on: Jan 28, 2017, 04:38 PM »
When we were allowed to use them, I always used them frozen.  In fact, my biggest pike ever was caught just a few minutes after I put it in.  It never took them long to thaw once they were in the water anyway, so I didn't worry about it much.

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Re: Frozen or Thawed?
« Reply #5 on: Jan 30, 2017, 09:05 AM »
I tend to thaw them in heavily salted water  in the fridge.....toughen up the skin

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Re: Frozen or Thawed?
« Reply #6 on: Jan 30, 2017, 09:38 PM »
What is the salt to water ratio for brining that helps to toughen the skin?

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Re: Frozen or Thawed?
« Reply #7 on: Jan 30, 2017, 09:48 PM »
Thawed, and puncture the cavity if needed to help it sink and release some scent. Shove a bell sinker in its puncture help it sink down there a bit.
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Re: Frozen or Thawed?
« Reply #8 on: Jan 31, 2017, 04:05 PM »
Thawed, and puncture the cavity if needed to help it sink and release some scent. Shove a bell sinker in its puncture help it sink down there a bit.

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