When readying vacuum-sealed -frozen baits for fishing, place them in a sink or bucket full of water. Let them thaw naturally — don't rush it. In a separate bucket, create a brine solution by mixing water with coarse salt and ice. Once defrosted, remove them from their sealed pack, thoroughly rinse each rigged bait in the brine, and then layer them belly up on an aluminum bait tray in an iced cooler. Once the tray is lined with baits, dust them lightly with salt and baking soda, and cover with a thin layer of ice prior to stacking on another bait tray, and repeating the process. As the ice melts, it mixes with the salt and maintains the baits' freshness. Before deploying, defrost them with a short soak in a bucket of fresh seawater.