deep freze for a bait tank?

Discussion in 'Livewell and Bait Tank Review' started by twincatfis, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. twincatfis

    twincatfis New Member

    lincoln nebraska
    i have an old deep freeze latin around and i was thinking bout turn it into a bait tank to keep at my house. is this possible? if so can i get some advice on getting started never have done anything like this before any help would help thanks alot
  2. primitivefrn

    primitivefrn Member

    collins mo
    Mike it will work fine, you have insulation, all ready, their.
    just plumb, and go, Might check and make sure, you have a drain, if not you can use a siphon hose.
    bass pro carrys most of fitting to plumb.

  3. MoMudCat

    MoMudCat New Member

    I am planning to do the same thing. I was going to separate the the area where the motor step is and build a filter system similar to the blue water bait tanks. I was planning on using 6 inch or so pvc pipe with holes in it for the filter box and polyfil for the filter media. Lots of silicone to seal things up. I plan on keeping gills, chubs, bullhead, goldfish, not shad. Any advice or suggestions to my plan are welcome!!:smile2:

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  4. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

    South Caro
    Man, I was just going to post on the virtues on my home made chest type deep freezer bait tank! I have been using mine all summer. As stated, it's insulated. When the temps were in the 90s here, the water in my chest type freezer/bait tank in the shade stayed cool all summer. I have a siphon hose that I use to drain it. I use an 18 inch air stone and an aquarium pump, and it keeps bait real good for a long time. I don't feed my bait much, so it doesn't get messy and need filtration. Certainly for long time bait storage, I'd set up a filtration system. The one single most thing that I did to keep my losses to minimum was to lie a five gallon bucket in the water/tank with the bait. When I open the lid, the bait (bream, shiners, warmouth, etc) goes in the five gallon bucket. The bucket/structure gives them security, thus relieving stress which is the number one killer of bait. When I get ready to fish, I open the lid on the freezer. The bait runs into the bucket. I grab the handle of the bucket and quickly turn it upright capturing most all of the bait that was seeking refuge in it. :smile2: Try a bucket in your tank and you will see a big difference in the longevity of your bait.

    Bill in SC
  5. Flootie16

    Flootie16 New Member

    put ur freezer on a timer....they work great if u can time it right!