Bait Tank

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by Ace, Dec 30, 2006.

  1. Ace

    Ace New Member

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    I built my self a new bait tank May 13-2006. I think it turned out great. We used it all summer and it keeps bream alive good but not shad. I only used an air pump which is good for bream. I'm going to build one for shad soon. It needs a good pump filter system. I usually purge all my bream in a 5 gallon bucket of water before putting them in the bait tank this helps keep the water in the bait tank clean.

    I made the Tank from an old drum which a friend of mine gave me. He gave me several of the drums I gave Dragger 2 of the drums and he made a bait tank from one.

    I used 3/4 plywood for the top and 316 ss piano hinge on the lid and #10 ss wood screws 3/4 of a inch long to mount the plywood in the drum and to mount handles and hinge.I used Thompson Water Sealer on the plywood.

    I have some pics of the tank if they will upload.


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  2. Mark R.

    Mark R. New Member

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    Thanks for the photos, I picked up one of these plastic buckets at a local flea market and was wondering how I was going to build the lid, now I know.
    I have been looking at building a filter system, thinking about using the replacement charcoal filter pads found at a pet store or Walmart.

    Mark
     

  3. bud1110

    bud1110 New Member

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    Very nice work Ace, It looks like it should get the job done..

    Thanks for sharing..
     
  4. Ace

    Ace New Member

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    Take the drum turn it upside down and mark around the outside use a jig saw set it on 3 deg and saw out the line this will leave about 1/8 stock then use a sander smooth the edge until it fits tight in the drum the taper helps to lock in in place after this us a straight edge an scribe a line 8 inches off the edge and saw thur. The drum I have is 20 inches when I sawed the lid it Left me with 12 inches to screw in place this will let the lid wedge in place need any help PM me.

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  5. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Hay Ace How many cans of Beer(I ment to say Soda Pop) will that cooler(Bait tank) Hold? LOL. Sweet. Your Friend,J.D.
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  6. Ace

    Ace New Member

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    I don't know about the beer since I don't drink beer but it will hold 30 gallons of water and 15 big dream I don't know about the soda pop. :0a26:


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  7. WHEELMOBILE07

    WHEELMOBILE07 New Member

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    Nice looking bait bucket right there, Looks like it will do the job just fine. Thanks for sharing all those photos as well.

    Wheelmobile07
     
  8. oran

    oran Guest

    To keep shad alive in a tank you must have some type of current in it. You can add a pump and recirculate back into the top but at an angle. That will create a swirling motion. The shad will try to swim into the corners and beat themselves to death, without current. Hope this helps.
     
  9. EricM

    EricM Active Member

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    A great filter medium is polyfill (pillow stuffing) which is cheap and available at wal-mart and k-mart, but don't pack it very tightly. Change it when it gets dirt and scales in it so you don't stop the water flow. The activated charcoal is a good idea and remember to use Shad-Keeper or pure rock salt (about 1 cup per 20 gallons). It keeps them lively all day. NO tap water unless you use a chlorine killer. Keep the water cool with frozen plastic jugs of water, that way you don't mix the chlorinated water in with the bait. Last but not least, too many shad will cause quick die-offs. My recommendation would be 1 large shad or 3 small per gallon. Good fishing!
     
  10. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    Our local wally world sells a recirculating kit that can be adapted to any container. Takes the water from the bottom and pumps it back in the top. It should do the job. I plan on getting one soon.
     
  11. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Nice work, Ace. Thats a good wait to keep those bait fish alive.
     
  12. catfisher43

    catfisher43 New Member

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    I will keep that idea in mind Ace.Thanks for sharing.
     
  13. Bobwheelr

    Bobwheelr New Member

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    here is a livewell i made for my pontoon boat. its a 30 gal. two pumps, one 700gph that changes water 20 times hour, the other is a 500 gph that is used to circlate water in live well. i have kelp herring alive 3 days at santee. total cost of livewell about $70.00



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  14. beetle

    beetle New Member

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    You did a real nice job on the tank Ace!
     
  15. flathead20000

    flathead20000 New Member

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    I'm gonna have to make me one of those thanks for the tip1!
     
  16. scatfish

    scatfish New Member

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    Does anyone have any good ideas as to how to keep minnows cool?I use a 30 gallon aquarium and I dont lose minnows until about the last of July or first of August as that is when it usually warms up here in eastern Kentucky.I use 5 of the Wally World pump/filter deals and jugs of frozen water but I was looking for a better way as I am beginning to be forgetful as I get a little older and I forget the ice sometimes.I read many of you guys posts and comments on here and I am always amazed at how helpful and friendly everyone seems to be.I aint never posted on here and I hope I do it right and I thank everyone for all the information that is passed along that makes all our days a little brighter and our fishing a little better.Scatfish
     
  17. suey

    suey New Member

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    hook up a refridgerator cooler lines to the water recirulator lines so the water line passes by the fridge cooler lines. and it should cool the water down alot. i seen this at a few bait shops in arizona
     
  18. Tiny

    Tiny New Member

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    I used a 30 gallon plastic barrel all last summer with just a bubble aerator in it to keep my shad alive. worked like a champ using well water and 4 cups of fine stock salt like ya get at the feed store. it kept up to 150 shad alive during the course of all my fishing trips last year. the bubble aerator was one of those like ya get at academy or catfish connection with the dual outlet on it but I've got one outlet going to my boat livewell and one going to the bait tank.