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#11736094 - 07/22/16 08:37 AM How to keep baitfish alive
livemusic Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 04/05/16
Posts: 21
Loc: Louisiana, USA
Sunfish works good for cut bait and live bait, but once I get them, how do I keep them alive until time to bait my lines? I need to keep them alive 2-6 hours. Anyone have a technique?

EDIT: I just remembered I have a small battery aerator for a minnow bucket. BTW, I catch the baitfish in a small pond and then have to drive ten miles to the river to fish.


Edited by livemusic (07/22/16 08:45 AM)
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#11736098 - 07/22/16 08:39 AM Re: How to keep baitfish alive [Re: livemusic]
Txmedic033 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 08/13/13
Posts: 3592
Loc: Longview, Tx
Put a good aerator on a cooler.

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#11736113 - 07/22/16 08:48 AM Re: How to keep baitfish alive [Re: Txmedic033]
Big Zee Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/05/08
Posts: 1726
Loc: East Yegua
Originally Posted By: Txmedic033
Put a good aerator on a cooler.

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#11736313 - 07/22/16 10:31 AM Re: How to keep baitfish alive [Re: Big Zee]
JJ4MEL Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/21/09
Posts: 890
Loc: McKinney, TX
Originally Posted By: Big Zee
Originally Posted By: Txmedic033
Put a good aerator on a cooler.

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Exactly right. I did this for freshwater and saltwater. Can keep bait alive for days.

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#11736535 - 07/22/16 12:08 PM Re: How to keep baitfish alive [Re: livemusic]
JasonB23 Offline
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Registered: 02/26/16
Posts: 148
Loc: Garland Tx
Always worked for me

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#11739621 - 07/24/16 02:56 PM Re: How to keep baitfish alive [Re: livemusic]
devin828 Offline
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Registered: 07/04/16
Posts: 8
Loc: Round Rock TX
I learned the hard way have a 120qt cooler with pump thought that would be enough to keep fish alive they would die every time could not figure why my bait would die sometimes within minutes of taking them out the pond I was catching them in and transferring to cooler in truck it all stopped when I added the aerators

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#11739639 - 07/24/16 03:14 PM Re: How to keep baitfish alive [Re: livemusic]
AustinS Offline
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Registered: 05/23/16
Posts: 118
Loc: East TX
Engel makes a nice aerated bait cooler for around $65.
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#11741415 - 07/25/16 02:26 PM Re: How to keep baitfish alive [Re: livemusic]
Big Sam Offline
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Registered: 08/20/08
Posts: 610
Loc: Arkansas
You can make a nice one cheap
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#11742716 - 07/26/16 09:24 AM Re: How to keep baitfish alive [Re: livemusic]
livemusic Offline
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Registered: 04/05/16
Posts: 21
Loc: Louisiana, USA
When you guys say good aerator on a cooler, what is a good aerator and what do you mean by "cooler." Ice chest? If anyone can give more specific info, it's appreciated. And how large a "cooler" does one need? I would hope it doesn't need to be a 48 qt ice chest or so, that sure would take up a lot of room in the boat.
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#11742780 - 07/26/16 10:01 AM Re: How to keep baitfish alive [Re: livemusic]
Big Sam Offline
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Registered: 08/20/08
Posts: 610
Loc: Arkansas
I bet some pictures would be in order for our new member??? I will have to remember to get one of mine I have 2 different ones hmmm remembering will be the hard part Wait!!! I have a picture of one on my phone I forgot I made this one out of a 3 gallon bucket had and old minnow bucket lid it works great easy to get around fits in the boat.


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#11743331 - 07/26/16 02:58 PM Re: How to keep baitfish alive [Re: livemusic]
djdoubl3j Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 10/09/10
Posts: 940
Loc: Austin, TX
i made one for my boat out of a 20 gallon brute trash can, aerator, pump i was down at the coast last week and kept quart of shrimp, 10 mullet and 36 croaker and 5 shad alive over 24 hours a few shrimp died i think due to the temps tho

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