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    Posted: 03 Dec 2019 at 7:32pm
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What method do you use to keep a wooden bait board in good shape?
Have always used plastic up until now, but having purchased a "proper"ali board with rod holders (Cheers Andre Thumbs Up ) I have cut a piece of plywood to sit in the tray. Don't fancy the "fingernails on blackboard" effect of cutting into the metal while prepping baits...
Is it best to simply wash the ply after using and replace as often as required, or is there a way to extend the life of the board?

Interested to hear what others do.

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Ditch the smelly old wood. (will be after a few uses)

Talk to your local butcher or fishmonger and find some of the poly that chopping boards are made out of.

Easy clean and wont hold moisture that will start corrosion on the new bait station.
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I have a ply bait board and a poly board on my boat. I just scrub the wooden one down as I do the poly one.If you have a removable wooden one you really need to scrub both sides and the surface underneath and leave the board standing up to dry. The ply on mine is part of the bait board and doesn't get smelly. It's still sound after 8 years or more


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If your green.
Or into sustainability.
Use wood.

Ply is composite.
A natural plank is better.
Plastic is just a lot of compressed oil.

Make your choice.

If you use wood some have natural,oils.
If not add natural oils.

Plastics will hold bacteria.
Natural untreated woods have natural bacterial agents and are a lot safer in food prep.

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If you can get hold of an off  cut of marine plyWayno it would be fine. A light scrape every now and then keeps ply good. stand to dry and keep dry til next trip out so it doesn't start to go green. 
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use a good bees wax with mineral oil, leave in sun for a while then put a good coat on, buff off then an other both sides, should keep it good for a while, we use on timber tutting boards at home.
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Originally posted by Snappa Geoff Snappa Geoff wrote:

If you can get hold of an off  cut of marine plyWayno it would be fine. A light scrape every now and then keeps ply good. stand to dry and keep dry til next trip out so it doesn't start to go green. 

Yes it will last for years, mine is marine ply.


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i use a wooden cutting board ,kitchen style. i wash it after fishing in salt water and leave to dry no smell.lasted for years.
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I put a scrap ply in my plastic bait board yrs ago...the 2nd one
fixed it in with screws underneath with washer to lift slightly.  Screws also stopped warping in wet/ sun etc.. and jumping out in rough water.
 I just hosed it down well . A light mist spray of gone in 30 sec .. well also bulges, carpets  upholstery, places green and mound may form...

Never any smells.. or mound etc.

Lasted 4 or 5 yrs.. then had to replace the plastic bait board.. slowly sort of chalked off...

This time found a larger plastic chopping board in a $2 type shop, big enough to cut and shape to fit with about 1 1/2" gap at the back for sinkers etc not to roll around....and drain hole that the ring plyers drop into back right.
 Again screwed in from underneath and washers.
 Again gone in 30 sec mist spray.

Oiling chopping boards is for quality more expensive old school boards in kitchens...not ply inserts in a bait board.

Having had both, I do prefer the plastic insert.

My very 1st insert was screwed from the top with counter sunk screws... that was a mistake.. slice across one of those accidentally and instant edge taken off the knife...

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Timber best, make sure it is a dense wood, heaps more sanitary, scrub with warm soapy water, pat dry and let dry naturally, self heals and cleans, beeswax or just olive oil after cleaning and drying. our chopping board has lasted since 1984 and still going strong, is kauri though.
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Agree with notalloyit. A decent piece of thick wood is best. It is what I have always used. Natural oils in the wood help keep bacteria down, wash both sides and leave to dry. Never had a problem or found the need to add extra oil. Be careful what you use as might taint the bait.
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My bait board is made of marine pky, the entire contraption.
I painted it with k36 araldite, it's a laminating resin. It's lasted a few years.
It seems to scrub up fine, don't care about scratches in it. Hygiene isn't a high priority really, and it gets washed with the salt water hose before I head home.
Sunlight and wood itself is a natural disinfectant.
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For bait board.. just thick enough to raise the floor level of the bait board  only up to the front lip.
 Go any higher and things bounce off too easy.
To the front lip makes it easy for knife work.. filleting and butterflying baits.

As to extra work looking after.. there are far more better things to look after.. like keeping trailer wheel nuts CRCed...
Then in most cases are exposed to sun rain, warp if not screwed down... and a quality board will also do the same, faster than  a simple ply insert.

 A bait board is not like a kitchen chopping board, or filleting board on the filleting bench... these are best being thick and heavy.. usually laminated and not cheap... and require better looking after long term.

The only place I have seen thick chopping board , has been on larger boats (7m) and charters , and that is usually something like the end off a plank, which gets a good scrub after use in sea water.
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