Author Topic: Frozen or Thawed?  (Read 438 times)


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Frozen or Thawed?
« on: Jan 27, 2017, 09:53 PM »
When fishing dead baits for pike, do you guys put the bait down frozen (or partially 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, 08:52 AM »
I haven't fished much frozen smelt in years but when I did I always put 3 or 4 in the hole frozen, not on a hook just in the hole.  They should float when frozen, the water temp of just over 32 degrees will thaw them in a little while.  I don't remember how long but 15-20 minutes should do it.  They will build a thick layer of ice on the outside and still float as ice floats.  When you need to bait a hook take one out of the water and gently bend and the ice will fall right off leaving you with a  thawed smelt that will now sink so make sure its on a hook before putting back in the hole this time.  I used to fish pike with tip ups in my youth but don't really have them near where I now live.  frozen they tend to float thawed they don't so when thawed it hangs and looks like a live fish normally would.


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Re: Frozen or Thawed?
« Reply #2 on: Jan 28, 2017, 08:53 AM »
Thawed out seems to work better for me. I always give my dead bait a squeeze to help get the juices flowing !


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