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Old 07-01-2019, 07:49 AM
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Originally Posted by 95wellcraft View Post
.....Don't forget the Frozen water bottles.
Please elaborate. I assume this is to keep the water cooler for oxygen absorption and general water temp quality. What size water bottles and how many for a 5-gallon bucket?

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Old 07-01-2019, 12:03 PM
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If the water is cooler it was absorb more oxygen and the bait won't be as active therefore consuming less oxygen. I wouldn't get it lower than the 60s
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Old 07-17-2019, 06:43 AM
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After our first time out, this is a must have. Water was mighty warm.
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Old 10-03-2019, 09:30 AM
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It may take more than this bass pro shop cooler and a water pump to really be successful managing water quality, check this out: Supercharge Your Live Baithttps://www.georgepoveromo.com/content.php?pid=64If you can insure minimal safe water quality, it is very easy to keep live bait fish healthy and active, all day, overnight, several days, a week or more. If you cannot insure minimal safe water quality, it make no difference what you do because you will fail again and again.Just do not suffocate your bait and change the water occassionally to control metabolic waste: Google “manage livewell water quality,keep bait alive” plenty information here too.Managing minimal safe water quality is not rocket science fellows, it does not require a degree in fishery biology to be successful.
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I just got off the phone with the owner of Oxygen Edge and let me tell you, he is a top notch guy and a wealth of knowledge! He's been doing this for something like 50yrs and knows his stuff.
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Old 10-06-2019, 07:03 PM
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Going to look into oxygen edge some more.

If you have access to the saltwater you are catching or storing baits in, couldn't you freeze blocks of saltwater and use that to cool water? You wouldn't have to worry about changing salinity that way. Or am i missing something?
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The main issue is that there just isn't enough oxygen in the water for the shrimp to last all day even with refreshing the water, nozzle splashing water, it doesn't matter, which is how it was explained to me. Water only has something like 20% oxygen no matter what. The only way to totally fix it is to inject oxygen into the water via a diffuser.
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by mrcllusb View Post
What equipment do you folks use at home to keep bait alive when you get bait a day or two before your fishing trip? We'll be heading out before bait shop opens so I'm going to have to get shrimp day prior. I saw this at bass pro, but it got mixed reviews due to pump being crap.
https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/engel-live-bait-cooler
It's a crap shoot.....they might die no matter what you do.
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Old 10-09-2019, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Rodbndr View Post
Take a small cooler put ice on the bottom then a layer of wet newspaper then shrimp another layer of wet newspaper then ice, newspaper, shrimp etc.

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You're either an old timer or have been taught by one. If its is only shrimp you are talking about, the wet newspaper layering works well. Old timers did this before bubblers. Saw dust will do the same. Don't know why it works but it does.
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Originally Posted by SpeedDemon View Post
You're either an old timer or have been taught by one. If its is only shrimp you are talking about, the wet newspaper layering works well. Old timers did this before bubblers. Saw dust will do the same. Don't know why it works but it does.
I used to use this method and it does work well. The only thing is as the ice melts you have to make sure the shrimp don't get into the water in the cooler or they die right away.
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Old 10-10-2019, 02:52 PM
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Be positive, if you just can’t keep them alive and they die, put the dead shrimp on ice and have a large shrimp cocktail and a cold Schlitz, that works, I still do that when my shrimp die. I know other guys that do that all the time too. Most fishermen just deal with the kills as usual and buy more shrimp when they die… it’s really no big deal. It just happens mostly in summer when the water is hot, June-August and it passes. You might try keeping them on damp saw dust. I have heard that works great and a few bait shrimp dealers even use this to keep shrimp alive in South Louisiana. There’s really many different ways fishermen keep shrimp alive. Some work well, some do not work so well and some don’t work at all in the summer and never will. Just experiment more.
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Old 10-11-2019, 07:36 AM
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Yeah, I know the water being extremely warm this year is a struggle. I'm going to doing some livewell mods here soon and will report back.
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I developed this system about 10 years ago. Jokingly say it was the best invention that never sold but I've kept bait alive and frisky for days. Especially helpful when a cold front is coming as you get bait before it's arrival.
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Old 10-12-2019, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by mrcllusb View Post
The main issue is that there just isn't enough oxygen in the water for the shrimp to last all day even with refreshing the water, nozzle splashing water, it doesn't matter, which is how it was explained to me. Water only has something like 20% oxygen no matter what. The only way to totally fix it is to inject oxygen into the water via a diffuser.
60 degree water only has about 9 ppm of dissolved oxygen at 100% saturation. Most bait fish survive very well at 70% x 9 = 6.3 ppm. That .0006 of 1% O2
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