Salt Flake Ice

After appropriate testing, Shore Catch is happy to advise retail availability of salt flake ice from our Showroom in Wangara.  Salted ice has been used in the commercial fishing industry for years because of its properties. 

  • It lasts longer.  Salted ice definitely lasts longer than regular ice made solely of fresh water and frozen at 0 degrees in cube form.  There is good science around this point.
  • Being in flake form, the salted ice packs closely around the fish, bait or other frozen/cold storage products and then “sets” to provide a low temperature “seal”.
  • The product chill rate is higher, due to the larger surface area of the flake ice and the colder temperature produced by it, thus it improves preservation.
  • As it slowly melts, a 5% salt brine is produced to further preserve biological material in the short to medium term.

The product is manufactured in Perth WA by The Salty Fisherman.   The Salty Fisherman’s ice is a defined mixture of salt brine and filtered water, frozen between -5 and -6 degrees and shaved into small flakes (see photo).

The ice cost is $6 per 5kg bag or 3 for $15.  Given that you use less as it lasts longer, and it preserves your products much better than the servo ice, it is a small price to pay for a high quality product – think of the value of the goods it is preserving.  The product is certainly complimentary to our specialist bait and burley products and we are proud to be Perth’s first retail stockist of a product that has plenty of benefits to the recreational fisher. 


Fish Based Burley; Packaged Bait to Order; Specialist Fishing Products and Services; Showroom Unit - 65 Buckingham Drive, Wangara. 9409 5500.


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Wed, 2016-12-07 12:56

That brilliant Mick.

The only problem I would have is buying the ice during shop hours in prep for the next morning. Storage will be a little hard. If only you could install a vending machine?


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Salt Ice Bag Longevity

Wed, 2016-12-07 14:57

Thanks for the comment.

A bag of salt ice lasts 4-5 days in a good quality esky.  In one of our out tests we kept the ice bagged and only used it for chilling the fish for transport at the end of the competition.  This was 4 days later and we still had a full bag.

Should be no problem getting the day before, storing in an esky and having it all available for the next day.  Something you would struggle with using the water ice cubes, and I guess that is the difference. 


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Wed, 2016-12-07 20:37

 Well there you go. Looks like you may have an absolute winner on your hands.



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Better not let Ben Cousins

Wed, 2016-12-07 13:00

Better not let Ben Cousins see this pic mate


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Haha - beat me to it!

Wed, 2016-12-07 13:11


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 Awesome Mick was looking for

Wed, 2016-12-07 15:09

 Awesome Mick was looking for that exact thing round 5 weeks ago and could find anywhere will be up to get some for sure


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Great thinking

Wed, 2016-12-07 17:50

Great thinking Mick


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 Your all over it mick

Wed, 2016-12-07 19:13

 Your all over it mick


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 Great news Mick just in time

Thu, 2016-12-08 05:58

 Great news Mick just in time for the opening of the demersal season

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 Good product Mick I have

Wed, 2017-01-11 19:30

 Good product Mick I have been using the Salt Ice over the past few fishing trips, I can highly recommend it.

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 It would be great to have

Thu, 2017-01-12 13:43

 It would be great to have for sale at the cockburn power boat club.