How to Store Mullet Bait Fillets

by Brenda Priddy
Mullet fillets make excellent bait for larger fish.

Mullet fillets make excellent bait for larger fish.

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One of the most well-used baits for saltwater and freshwater fishing alike is the mullet. When catching smaller fish, mullet fillets or chunks are ideal. Larger fish prefer the use of live mullet. Storing bait for long fishing trips causes logistic problems if not done correctly. Even before you get onto the water, it is important to store the bait properly at home so that the fish remain fresh. The fresher the fish, the better it will perform as bait.

Items you will need

  • Paper towels
  • Cooling rack
  • Shallow pan
  • Crushed ice
  • Sharp knife
  • Freezer paper
  • Bait cooling box
  • Cold packs

At Home

Step 1

Remove the fish from its packaging. Rinse the fish in clear water for about 20 seconds. Dry the fish with paper towels.

Step 2

Place a cooling rack in a pan filled with crushed ice. Wrap the fillets in plastic wrap, then place them on the cooling rack.

Step 3

Store the rack in the coldest part of the refrigerator until you want to use the bait, or up to one week. You can also store the fish in the freezer. Remove the dark part of the meat with a knife, then wrap the fish in two layers of freezer paper and place in the freezer for up to three months.

In the Boat

Step 1

Line the bottom of a bait box with cold packs or crushed ice at home before packing the bait box into the boat.

Step 2

Unwrap the fish from the plastic or paper and place directly on the cooling packs or ice.

Step 3

Place a few extra cooling packs on top of the fish, then close the lid tightly.

Step 4

Store the bait box on the boat in a shaded area, away from direct sunlight.

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