Ziggy can you freeze them someone told me to freeze a few for nexed winters fishing is this possible as they aint that exspensive to buy from the tackle shop, What is your thought's on this one mate, as a newbie to sea fishing im starting to get paranoid about catching the buggers LOL HELP.
Yes, you can freeze them for bait, as long as you keep them fresh & get them frozen down asap. No good having fish lying around on a hot beach & then freezing them down. I freeze them individually & wrap each one in cling film, as they will dry out in the freezer unwrapped.
Another good point for those kept for the table, mackerel fat will degenerate into histamine in as little as 30 minutes on a hot beach, so, unless you want to end up looking like the michelin man or run the risk of death through anaphalactic shock, keep em cold.
Burying them in the cool shingle works for a bit, but to keep em tip top, freeze an ice cream tub full of sea water, this can take a few days to do, as sea water freezes at a lower temp than pure water.
Put the sea ice in a bucket of sea water when you start catching, this will super chill the bucket & keep em fresh for longer than water alone. Shade the bucket if possible.
If you dont want to go to this effort, have some anti histamine handy for your guests at the evening barbeque