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Post  tomthepiker on Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:15 pm

hello people quick question had a session today i was using some sardine and mackrell that had been left over from my last session they were about 5 days old i should of frozen them again but instead i was lazy and left them outside i went about mile down a canal working it every few metres and had no runs not even a sniff so i took one out and threw a lure in basically on top of the bait i had just taken out and on the first cast i had a 6 pound pike on the end i was just wondering if the pike wernt going for my bait because it was to old or rotten may seem stupid question but im bit of a noob any advice would help cheers! Very Happy
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Post  Gerry_Pike on Fri Dec 16, 2011 10:03 am

iv noticed that i actually get better results with baits that have been left out a few days, nowadays when i get my bait i leave it out for 3 days prior to a session.
I noticed this when i was younger when i forgot to put it back in teh freezer after a session and had no other bait for my session, so it had to do, and worked with great results.

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Post  doug6364 on Fri Dec 16, 2011 1:48 pm

its a strange one really as ive always caught my biggest pike ( several over 20lb, up to 24 1/2lb on fresh deads, not stinkies !

i would always feel more confident on fresh. Very Happy Cool


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Post  paddy pike on Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:18 pm

Just been reading this thread and i remember maybe a couple of years ago now, But i wrote a column for someone back then on this very toppic, To cut a long story short, Some waters you will catch if you leave the bait defrosted for a couple of days before going, Others the best bait is frozen especialy in winter, A lot of guys use oils to make the older baits smell fresher, You just have to know what waters to do each on, Shocked
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Post  stubbo on Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:40 pm

have caught on old baits ie refrozen a few times
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Post  nickcarpy on Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:53 pm

iam a yorkshire man so have used same baits that have been frozen a few times and caught but i do like a fresh livie most of all!! Very Happy
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Post  Andy Macfarlane on Tue Dec 20, 2011 7:56 pm

I prefer fresh all the way. The only baits I reuse and take home for refreezing are brownies and lamprey and that's only because they'll stand up to the abuse and keep on catching.

That said, Charlie Bettell reckoned smelly baits kept in a bucket of stench worked a treat. He was completely mad though so take from that what you will.
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