Many anglers dont realize that even the freshest bait tends to wash out quickly if it isnt brined properly. Before I located a good source of fresh, blast-frozen baits, which I now stock in my bait freezer, I would either purchase fresh ballyhoo the day they arrived at my South Florida bait wholesaler or catch them myself off the Upper Keys. I would immediately soak the baits in a mixture of salt water, Kosher salt and ice, and either rig them later that evening or the next day. After each bait was rigged and rinsed in salt water, it was placed in a cooler between layers of cubed ice. Both ice and baits were liberally dusted with Kosher salt and a sprinkling of baking soda, with leaders "sandwiched" between empty ice bags to prevent them from sticking to the ice. As the ice melted, diluting the salt and baking soda, a near-freezing brine was created that further preserved and toughened the baits. The "slushy" brine was maintained by adding ice and salt as necessary and periodically draining the cooler.