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Bait well #13670224 08/16/20 10:15 PM
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Just got back from Whitney. Yes, we caught some stripers but nothing like the guys using live bait. So...guess I'll need to join the crowd. My questions...can I use my live well(s) that are currently on my 22' center console to keep shad alive? If not, what is the recommended brand and size for 2 - 3 guys fishing? Input is greatly appreciated!

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When I had my CC I always used the Livewell for bait.

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I have kept perch alive for a couple of days but haven't tried shad. Did you rely on the regular pump or install an aerator?

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I'm pretty sure it was just the regular pump. It's been a while. Was a 2010 Blue Wave Deluxe. I used the bait well in front of the console. Had a PVC pipe you screwed in the bottom to fill it up. I think it just recirculated. Never had an issue.

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You'll be good for only a couple hours until they're ALL dead! Doesn't matter how much salt or shad keeper (additive) you add. I have two bait wells on my center console with Max-Air on both and never had luck keeping them alive. I went through the same thing ten years ago. Look at Grayline or Shad Soup bait tanks. Last week I had over 100 shad in a 19 gallon Grayline tank w/ no dead loss. Unfortunately it's the only way to go.

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a round or oval tank is a must. If there are corners , they will bunch up and die. Over crowd your tank and they will die.
If you cool your water , don't over do it, too much temp differance and they will all die.

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Guess I was lucky. Never had an issue keeping them alive. Rounded baitwell.
Wasn’t trying to keep them alive for days or anything though.

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Those striper soup bait tanks look good! Think I'll order one!

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Heat is often an issue....when I go fishing all night or day i dont even use the livewells..I bring frozen blue packs to throw them in a small minnow bucket with the water they were bagged in...and they last longer than circulating lake water in the wells....I would think the texas heat to be your biggest hurdle.....


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