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Old 05-03-2015, 10:40 AM   #1
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We were out yesterday with 5 people on the boat and squid going everywhere. Had me thinking how do you guys manage bait while on the water? I have a small cooler that I keep it in (except live bait) and cut it in the top of the cooler. Started looking at the bait tables last night. What's your method? Do you cut everything before you go?
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It will be interesting to read how others do it, but we usually cut it as needed, especially when cutting bonito. Seems like the fresher and bloodier the better.
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I use a table in a rod holder. I keep it titled so the juice and blood drip overboard and have a brush ready to clean it off before it dries. I only cut bait when needed.
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My solution:
Got a cheap cutting board, welded up some legs, recessed the mounting screw heads.



In place, anything stray falls in the valley, washdown gunk the same. Never used the rod holders back there anyway, don't feel like navigating thru a forest of rods while fighting a fish. Had enough of that from the pier days.



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We used to use a pair of bait tables that go in the rods holders. Almost exactly like the ones above, except they were single legged and fit in the side rod holders on out boats. But they were always in the way on our 17ft boats. Then we moved to one table. Still in the way. They werent so bad on my CC before I sold it, but they are a pain on my buddy's DC. When I finish building my new CC, I will probably build another table. But this time it's a good bit bigger boat. haha

Now my buddy and I are usually in the back of the boat and use get one squid at a time out of the cooler. My wife and his wife are usually at the front. My wife came up witht he great idea of using a 6X9 cheap tupperware container. We throw 2-3 squid in there and pass it up front. They cut the squid in the container and now there is no passing dripping squid around the boat. When the container gets too cut up and stinky, we toss it and buy another. They are $2-3 at Walmart with a lid. The lid helps keep the sun from drying it out. Works for shrimp and Ruby reds too. Every so often she just pours the juice over the side for a little chum action. haha

This started from our catfishing trips. She would mix up her special recipe chicken liver with spices and we would each get a tupperware full to keep at our end of the boat.
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My solution:
Got a cheap cutting board, welded up some legs, recessed the mounting screw heads.



In place, anything stray falls in the valley, washdown gunk the same. Never used the rod holders back there anyway, don't feel like navigating thru a forest of rods while fighting a fish. Had enough of that from the pier days.



I like that bait station. Where do those rod holders drain to? I'd love to put some of those in but that area drains to the bilge in my boat.
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Nothing drains down the rod holders, it drains off the back of the board into the motor splashwell. Mine was home-made like his, but mine was this style. It drains off the side of the boat.

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The rod holder cups do drain into the bilge. But they have covers when not in use. They usually blow off or get lost.
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The rod holder cups do drain into the bilge. But they have covers when not in use. They usually blow off or get lost.
Yes, some rod holders do drain into the bilge. But the bait board does not drain into the rod holders, and therefor not into the bilge.
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The rod holders go straight into the bilge. The legs are 1 1/2" so they fit in there nicely. If you're worried about fish parts going into the bilge, you could always put on a "shield" on each leg, think of a big plastic washer.
I Googled your boat and noticed that yours has a flip up rear seat. I imagine once you figure out the leg placement, you could pop holes in there for the rod holders and put covers in em when not in use as suggested above.

As a side note, I would have loved to have the board higher, level with the hatches but didn't have enough material for the legs.

Oh, and make a knife holder to put in that area while your at it. Working on mine.
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