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Old 05-09-2020, 08:32 AM
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Hello,

looking at getting an in water bait pen to hold some pins and greenbacks a day or two before fishing. Would a 3x3x3 size be sufficient? Also would round be best? Thank you
Old 05-09-2020, 12:26 PM
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Depends on a three factors. What type of bait? What is the water quality like where you are keeping it and how much bait?
A 55 gallon drum with plenty of holes will keep a few dozen pin fish alive in bad water and 100 pins in good water. It will not keep any white bait in bad water but 5-6 dozen in good water.
It depends on mainly those three factors.
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The above is correct. I have 2 large mesh pens and can keep 20-30 pinfish/squirrel fish per pen for a few days. Whitebait usually over half dies overnight even of only a dozen are put in. I am on a non flow thru canal with almost no moving water. Sucks and may start trying to drop my pens closer to the inlet and sinking them with buoys. Just worried they will get stolen.

I have two of these: https://www.catchlivebait.com/best-b...it-pen-24-inch
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After experimenting with this for a while now. Number one rule is size. I have a huge pen I built (350+gal volume) I also live in a spot with not much water flow (you need some) or good clean water, but I’ve been successfully keeping threadfins alive for weeks at a time which is difficult fir such fragile baits. As long as they have room to swim and not get stuck in any corners, feed them regularly and you can condition your bait to be better than fresh caught bait. Too much current will kill everything as well
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