Keeping bluegill/bait alive

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by catpound, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. catpound

    catpound New Member

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    Sometimes when we bait up our trotlines and bank poles we may catch 30-40 bluegill. (I can see it being a problem having enough oxygen in the water for this many bluegill) We use a decent size cooler or tub to keep them in. We also try to keep an airater in the water as much as possible. I have heard putting ice in the water will help keep the fish alive for longer which makes sense when its this hot out. Will this ice water kill the bluegill because of the chemicals in bagged ice? Just curious about some peoples idea's of keeping bluegill alive, its hard to catch a flat head with dead bluegill. Thanks fella's.
     
  2. SubnetZero

    SubnetZero New Member

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    Freeze bottle water/soda bottles/etc and put bottle in water.. keeps the chlorine from entering the bait water..
     

  3. JTR

    JTR New Member

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    virginia
    Yall must live in the city. Not to many harmful chemicals in well H20.
     
  4. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Triadelphia, WV
    Name:
    Walter Flack
    The three main ingredients that work for me are:

    1. Prevent overcrowding
    2. Use a good aerator
    3. Keep water cool, use frozen plastic water bottles
     
  5. slipbobber

    slipbobber New Member

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    Kentucky
    4 change you water often if not filtered.
     
  6. okiefishkiller

    okiefishkiller New Member

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    oklahoma
    don't raise or lower the water temp more than about 10-15 deg. each water change. too cold water will kill bait.