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  1. #1
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    Default Shelf life of bait

    Obviously I’m not talking about live baits, maggots, worms, casters etc, but unopened bags of groundbait, pellets, jars of wafters and the like do they go off?

    Mike

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    Default Re: Shelf life of bait

    You would think so, I don't risk anything that's from the previous season but know someone who get's old pellets and uses them for his pondfish, as far as I know they are ok, unless he was doing an experiment.

    Maybe dried baits like pellets and mixers would have a longer shelf life than jelly hookers or anything that's in gloopy liquid but as it's not for human consumption I expect nobody knows

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    Default Re: Shelf life of bait

    I always assume there’s some degradation in pellets but I still use them. I seal my bags up tight and keep them cool/dark. I’ve half a bag of 8 mm Robin reds that are just over 2 years old they smell ok to me ? Same with groundbait mixes I just use them till they are gone.
    I only take with me enough for a session or two.

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    Default Re: Shelf life of bait

    I doubt the fish will notice. I have never seen a sell by date on any bait.

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    Default Re: Shelf life of bait

    Judging by the pong of the thick black silt on a lake bed which the fish root about in, I doubt they find old pellets unpleasant.
    As long as it has no mould which may possibly be harmful I think its OK.

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    Default Re: Shelf life of bait

    Cheers guys, I had no idea how old some of my stuf was, anything up to four years. So I had a clear out and bought all new, now I've put the date on to keep track.

    Mike

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