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Old 04-18-2019, 01:59 PM   #1
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I’m thinking about rigging something up so I can catch bait the evening before going fishing so I don’t have to worry about it the morning of. My boat has a pretty good bait tank on it. Anyone run their tank over night and use an onboard charger to keep the battery charged or use a 110v plug in pump to circulate water through the bait tank? If so how does it work out for you? Any advice?
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Just use a holding pin.
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It all depends on what kind of bait you're talking about. A cage, (holding pen) works fine for a couple of days for bait like pinfish. After that, they start to wear their tails off on the wire. If you're keeping bait at a dock longer than that, a plastic 55 gallon drum with a few hundred half inch holes drilled in it works much better. Don't drill the bottom few inches of the barrel so when you lift it there will be enough water to keep your bait from beating on a dry barrel bottom. Tying a rope handle down toward the bottom will allow you to pour the contents into your well.
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We use this for pinfish, finger mullet, shrimp, etc..
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I have a holding pen that I made out of a big plastic trash can and plastic mesh. I sold my condo in PK last year and now camp in a camper when I’m down there and it’s just one more thing to haul down but it is probably worth it and better to use that vs leaving them in the bait tank. Thanks for the advise.
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I have the plastic drums for pinfish. Works great. For shrimp and finger mullet, I bought a cheap plastic cooler. Got a cheap pool pump off Amazon (I can't kill that damned thing) to pull water into the cooler. Drilled a 1/2 hole near the top for the input hose. Drilled 2 holes opposite and put a thru-hull backwards to let the water drain. I stick a piece of wire mesh over the output drains to keep small baits from swimming out that way. Works great. I can also put the hose in the livewell of the boat, on the lift or in the slip. Keeps from running 12v bilge pumps for hours.
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Check out page 2 for a 32 gallon white garbage can. I have kept over 200 croakers and 300+ bull minnows in it all at the same time over night with no issues.
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