Great question G,
If the chicken was freezer-burnt, then it won't fish as well as freshly frozen bird.
Even soaking it in Pautzke Crab Fuel will have a minimal effect since the non-porous nature of the chicken will allow little of the liquid to absorb.
I'm currently finishing up the "CrabBlog" in which I explain the difference and effect of a "broadcast" bait and a "hanging" bait.
Next time you watch The Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch", take a close look at what the professionals bait their pots with! A one-two punch of "broadcast" and "hanging" baits.
They use a combination of ground, frozen herring which quickly spreads a scent (the "broadcast" component) and a whole cod which gives the crab something to eat (the "hanging" component).
For our purposes we can get away with older, frozen herring which is no longer suitable for use as salmon bait. Since we're grinding it and soaking it in Pautzke Crab Fuel we're getting the oils from within the herring's gut cavity and giving the Crab fuel something to soak in to.
The "hanging" portion of the bait keeps the crab in our pots longer. Make no mistake, when there is no bait or scent, crabs will find a way out of your pots!
I'll have the blog up soon so stay tuned for the words and pictures!
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