How to Freeze Bait Shrimp

by James Clark
Put shrimp on ice soon after catching.

Put shrimp on ice soon after catching.

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Shrimp remain among the most popular fish baits for virtually all types of angling, especially saltwater fishing in the surf. The wide range of shrimp sizes means you can rig a hook with a bait most likely to appeal to specific species of fish. Catching shrimp in a net or seine in the area where you plan to fish gives you the bait that fish are accustomed to eating in those waters. By freezing shrimp in advance, you can fish whenever the mood strikes -- or the fish are striking. Just let the bait thaw enough to pierce with a hook.

Items you will need

  • Resealable plastic freezer bags
  • Permanent marker
Step 1

Write the month and year on the outside of a freezer bag. You can freeze shrimp for up to one year before they begin to lose texture, after which they tend to turn to mush when thawed.

Step 2

Place shrimp in a resealable plastic bag, but don't fill the bag all the way to the top.

Step 3

Fill the bag with cold, fresh water below the zipper and seal the bag. Don't overfill with water, as this increases the chance of a ruptured bag in the freezer.

Step 4

Place the bags of shrimp in a freezer as flat as possible for even distribution of water. The bait typically becomes frozen solid after 24 hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • Bait your hook before the shrimp has completely thawed. The shrimp body will hold better to the hook.

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