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Old 06-26-2018, 12:23 PM
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What cha got for best bait pen?
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Old 06-26-2018, 12:42 PM
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I built a 150 gallon cattle water trough with pure oxygen diffuser, 2 inch feed and drain lines, clear lexan lids, 3500 gph pump for mullet. It will keep them overnight but not for days. I built the 55 gallon floating drum type too. It keeps pinfish, crabs, and pogies alive very well but no mullet
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Old 06-26-2018, 01:23 PM
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You can search and find a million ways and tutorials to make one.

To purchase, if you want the BEST pen...it's beachmarineproducts.com IMO.
Disclaimer: they sent me a small one and the 100. They are super light as well.
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Looking for a bait pen to keep in the water near our camp. Should have said that I guess. So won't need pumps and all of that.
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The pen you make or buy depends on the size you need, which depends on the type of bait and number of baits.

I built a simple pen out of a plastic garbage can & lid. Drilled circulation holes in the sides and bottom, weighted the bottom and zip tied a pool noodle around the collar to keep it afloat and used zip ties to hinge the top to the bottom at one of the handles.

Worked like a charm. Cheap and easy...
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Old 06-26-2018, 02:49 PM
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These are good
Bait Pens | Pinfish Traps, Live Bait Pens, Crab Traps, Vertical Jigs, Rods & Reels

But if you want the yeti of bait pens here you go
https://beachmarineproducts.com/shop...oice-bait-pen/
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Old 06-26-2018, 03:38 PM
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LOL, beach marine products are out of stock
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Old 06-26-2018, 04:03 PM
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R&R tackle make some,
https://randrtackle.com/collections/...ible-bait-pens

Rob's Bait pens have been a staple around NC and many other King Mackerel fisherman for a long time
https://www.boatdepot.com/c-1919/bait-pens

Or go to lowes and you can build one yourself. I have made a couple
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Do bait pens need to be round like livewells?
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Old 06-26-2018, 04:22 PM
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Molded Polyethylene tanks from Grainger, we use large ones at the boat slip,cylindrical and about 4 feet tall. Drill whatever size holes you need and put a few floats inside that rest against the top collar. Can even use the lid.
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Biggest thing with bait pens is the local environment. When you have bigger snook in the canal they can break up the plastic pens
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Old 06-26-2018, 05:54 PM
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Anyone have a pic of their plastic one with holes?
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Old 06-27-2018, 03:47 AM
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Sorry for the wrinkles I’ve had this plan for over 10 yrs
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I ordered a 210 gallon open top tank from Go To Tanks . com. Drilled it out, put on a 3/8 starboard lid with hinge. I'm hoping to be able to hold 3-500 pinfish, or 2-300 croakers. I was putting a 100 croakers in a 50 gallon well and they were surviving just well. Pinfish are almost indestructible so long you keep them well fed.




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Old 06-27-2018, 02:54 PM
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This is what this thread inspired 😏. It would cost about $150-$175 to build, but due to some connections it cost me about $100
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You should prolly list the parts and show the pool floating shot!

For those that find this thread later on. kittrell87 and I fish a lot together!
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The otters are our biggest bait stealers. Without a lid, they would get fat on my dime.
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Old 06-29-2018, 08:05 AM
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That one above is just flat out awesome looking!

Here are the ones I have done. Just finished the smaller one. So far otters have not been able to make their way in. Most of the time predators don’t want to work to hard. They look for the easy meal at least around us it seems that way. Had otters get through several mesh pens before I built these.
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See if you can find a Rob's Bait Pen it is the best that I have seen and he can make one custom to your liking.
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