Freezing casters

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Freezing casters

Post by seanyboy » Thu Apr 12 2018 22:09

Never heard of this and wondered how much it affects the quality of the bait,my nearest tackle shop is a bit of a trek and I'm soon going to be starting bream/tench fishing so wondered if buying a good few pints at a time and freezing ?

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Re: Freezing casters

Post by Fish on.... » Thu Apr 12 2018 22:15

No idea about freezing them, but depending how much you will be using you can buy them online. Here for example

https://willyworms.co.uk/products/willy ... 3150392336

Free postage over £30
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Re: Freezing casters

Post by Kev Berry » Thu Apr 12 2018 22:17

seanyboy wrote:
Never heard of this and wondered how much it affects the quality of the bait,my nearest tackle shop is a bit of a trek and I'm soon going to be starting bream/tench fishing so wondered if buying a good few pints at a time and freezing ?
they usually burst when they freeze---liquid expands, caster shells don't
so when you defrost them you have a load of yuk---which is great mixed up in your groundbait but useless as hookbaits

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Re: Freezing casters

Post by seanyboy » Thu Apr 12 2018 22:29

Kev Berry wrote:
seanyboy wrote:
Never heard of this and wondered how much it affects the quality of the bait,my nearest tackle shop is a bit of a trek and I'm soon going to be starting bream/tench fishing so wondered if buying a good few pints at a time and freezing ?
they usually burst when they freeze---liquid expands, caster shells don't
so when you defrost them you have a load of yuk---which is great mixed up in your groundbait but useless as hookbaits
Thanks for clearing that up kev🖒

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Re: Freezing casters

Post by Bob Watson » Thu Apr 12 2018 23:09

My mate used to use milton sterilising tablets when he match fished.

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Re: Freezing casters

Post by Kev Berry » Fri Apr 13 2018 07:31

Sodium metabisulphate will preserve them. Just keep changing the water and redoing the sm. All the casters will end up a lovely chestnut colour. They dead of course and after a wash in fresh water they catch. Never got much faith in them as with fresh casters though.

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Post by Mike J » Fri Apr 13 2018 09:21

I freeze all my own casters and have caught 2lb Roach on 2nd season casters.

I often buy more maggots than I need and keep them in an open bucket stood in cold water on my garage floor, they last for weeks except in high summer.
As they start to turn I tip them into a screen (plastic frame from inside a salad spinner) suspended over the bucket and the casters remain behind, they get tipped into a plastic take-away box and frozen - simples.

To use just knock the box to loosen then float in cold water on the bank.

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Post by loughouversdream » Fri Apr 13 2018 22:08

I freeze all my excess castors and maggots after every session in a zip lock bag. Never had any bother

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Re: Freezing casters

Post by Graham Osbourne » Mon Apr 16 2018 15:46

Simple chaps, put them in a maggot box or similar container and cover with water, then freeze them, Good as new when you defrost them.

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Post by catfish 1 » Mon Apr 16 2018 16:31

Graham Osbourne wrote:
Simple chaps, put them in a maggot box or similar container and cover with water, then freeze them, Good as new when you defrost them.
Dead simple isn't it... :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs:

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