I know a bait tank is the way to go, but has anyone kept shad alive in the summer for more than a couple of hours in their livewell? I know years ago I caught some, ran across the lake and some of them already started floating.
I will try to add salt this time, and some air to help out. How long can they last?
No disrespect, but repeating your same mistakes over and over, summer after summer will definitely insure your continued failures if you are trying to keep shad alive much less keep those shad healthy all day, but some of you have discovered that yet.
Years of old bad habits shad keeping habits have resulted in years of continuous repeated failures. Trying and failing over and over to simply keep a few shad alive in summer livewells has not been successful for many of you regardless of what you do, right?
So what in the world is this cryptic problem killing your shad in your livewell every summer all these years?
No disrespect to any forum member, but changing your old, fixed habits resulting in more failures is always no more than more your inability/failure to manage your livewell water qualityâ€¦ deadly water quality kills shad in summer livewells. Keeping shad alive in your livewell in the summer will require some serious water quality changes as well as some dedicated time and effort to learn how to insure excellent livewell water quality all day.
Actually, you can overstock your livewell with live shad successfully only if you will be responsible for insuring at least minimal safe water quality. You can even keep shad alive and healthy all night if you want too. Overstocking meand safely adding >1 lb. shad per gallon of livewell water.
You have read and heard bait tank salesmen, boat salesmen, aerator salesmen, fishing article writers and old timers all claiming as fact that the maximum safe/normal stocking density for all aerated livewell and bait tanks is: 1 lb. of shad per 1 gallon livewell water in livewells and bait tanks. So that means that any 25 gallon livewell should easily keep 25 pounds of shad alive and healthy (no red nose) all dayâ€¦ so how does that bait density/water capacity ratio working for you in your livewell this summer?
What do you believe actually limits your livewell stocking density? What could that be?
Keeping shad alive and healthy all day and all night in livewells and bait tanks in the summer is definitely not rocket science and the popular $399 - $500 brand name bait tank are certainly not necessary to keep shad alive all day. Any 5 gallon plastic bucket from Home Depot will work just fine.
The real shad transport experts say the magic to transporting and keeping shad alive in the summer in any livewell, bait tank, bait box or plastic bucket is: maintaining excellent water quality is all there is to being successful transporting live shad.
Consider learning something new about livewell water quality published by real fishery experts. Something that will really will keep your shad alive and healthy in any livewell or bait tank every the summer. Here is some published fishery science that will fix your summer dead shad problems: Oxygenation of Livewells to Improve Survival of Tournament-Caught Bass by Fishery Biologist Randy Myers and Jason Driscoll TPWP, Inland Fisheries Division, San Antonio, TX Publication 6/2011 http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/didyouknow/inland/livewells.phtml
So you do have options: You can keep-on doing what youâ€™re doing now, keep experimenting with stuff that doesnâ€™t work, keep killing shad in your livewell every summer and keep-on whining and complaining about your crappy livewell that keeps failing to keep your shad every summer and just deal with dead, dying, sloppy shad.
When all fails: Plastic shad are definitely the next best option when you accept the fact that cannot keep shad alive in your livewell.