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Old 06-27-2019, 10:52 AM
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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
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Old 06-27-2019, 11:27 AM
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I just use the cheapest air pump you can get at walmart or petco that uses a clear air tube to make bubbles, they cost maybe ten dollars or less last I looked, and a five gallon bucket or large rubbermaid container depending on your capacity needs. The water gets oxygenated by the disruption of the water surface so you don't need to go too crazy with the pump size as long as the container is not overloaded with bait. Equally as important is the water temperature. I keep saltwater live eels and minnows and even peanut bunker (not together) in a rubbermaid container with a smaller air pump in the garage during the summer and never had any issues if not more than a few days. Although I've never kept live shrimp for fishing, I'd imagine my experience keeping bait would apply. No way I would spend the money on that basspro thing when all it relies on is a different version of the pump I am talking about and a cooler to keep the temp stable.
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Thanks, I was thinking of buying this
https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/frab...t-with-aerator
or this
https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/engel-live-bait-cooler
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Bait pen at the slip.
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I dont use a slip. Boat trailered in and out everytime.
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
Bait pen at the slip.

Bait pen off shore....
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Originally Posted by TorFed View Post
Bait pen at the slip.
in south Florida this is the move assuming there’s decent water. Big difference between baits though. You can keep shiners or shrimp alive in a bucket over night no prob. Gogs or threads are a different ball game. Adding frozen water bottles will help.
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My son keeps wondering why the fish in our saltwater fish tank keep changing so often.

What bait are you trying to store overnight? Shrimp
.. bucket and one of those 12v bubblers will work. Do that on boca grande trips works alright for a night.

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If you are only worried about shrimp, get the link below and a Home Depot bucket (any bucket you have) You'll have the same thing as that $50 Frabil for a fraction of the cost, change the water every day. I don't think you'll get enough Oxygen if you want to keep fish. Also keep the water cool with frozen water bottles if needed but don't add ice as you will dilute the salinity.



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Originally Posted by VTXrider View Post
If you are only worried about shrimp, get the link below and a Home Depot bucket (any bucket you have) You'll have the same thing as that $50 Frabil for a fraction of the cost, change the water every day. I don't think you'll get enough Oxygen if you want to keep fish. Also keep the water cool with frozen water bottles if needed but don't add ice as you will dilute the salinity.
This ^^^ We used a cooler with a bubbler and frozen water bottles. Could keep shrimp alive two days. It won't work for fish.
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Thanks everyone for the help!
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Cooling the water will help. Cooler water can hold a higher proportion of dissolved oxygen, plus the live stuff's metabolism should slow down, meaning they need less. We used to do this keeping mullet alive in a bucket and using a cheap battery powered aerator, fishing for barramundi in the Kimberley of Western Australia, in warm weather.
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Old 06-29-2019, 12:51 PM
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Do as you wish. But like others have said.
A cheap pump from Wally world and a five gal. bucket. Don't forget the Frozen water bottles.
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Old 06-29-2019, 05:52 PM
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Water temp and fresh (salt) water replacement is super important. If you don't have both right it will be tough for bait to last overnight.
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I've kept Pin Fish alive with a cheap bubbler and a cooler overnight.
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Old 06-29-2019, 09:07 PM
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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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If you're going to use a regular aquarium air pump make sure to put a bubble block on it end. It will break the bubbles up smaller so they'll dissolve in the water better.
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On another note keep dead shrimp out of the bucket. Dead shrimp give off something that will ruin the water and kill the other shrimp. I think they give off ammonia or something like that.
Clean cool water is important.
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Originally Posted by wcffish View Post
On another note keep dead shrimp out of the bucket. Dead shrimp give off something that will ruin the water and kill the other shrimp. I think they give off ammonia or something like that.
Clean cool water is important.
Ammonia is exactly right. All dead animals produce it but shrimp do it way quicker. And they produce alot
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