keeping live bait for long periods of time

Discussion in 'Fishing Bait Review' started by DAREWOOD11, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. DAREWOOD11

    DAREWOOD11 Member

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    for those of you who keep bait for like atleast 3 weeks i have a few questions. i was thinking about using a deep freeze but i was wondering if the fish need sunlight or atleast some kind of light and i also wonder what u use to feed them...thanks in advance for all your help
     
  2. Shad gut

    Shad gut New Member

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    I use a 55 gal plastic barrel with a areator. Make water changes every other day of about 15 gals to keep the ammonia levels down. That will kill them quick if you do not change the water. i keep gills all the time you do not need any light. My barrel is in my garage.try to keep the water cool. A little dog food will work not to much though. Good Luck.:smile2:
     

  3. centexcop

    centexcop New Member

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    You can also buy pelleted fish food at feed stores or tractor supply. Most of the time I buy it in 50 lb bags, but do see it in 25 lbs in some places. Just make sure you store it in an airtight container so rats and bugs can't get to it.
     
  4. primitive

    primitive Member

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    If you feed them, they will crap, then you have high ammonia, nitrate, and nitrite levels. That will kill fish about as fast as anything. They can go quite a while without food. Feed very little if at all.
     
  5. psychomekanik

    psychomekanik New Member

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    I used a plastic 55 gl. drum, swimming pool pump and made a carbon filter out of pvc. works like a charm. the water drops from the filter causing a splash effect eliminating the need for an aerator. I had bait in it until it started freezing this year.
     
  6. flathead100

    flathead100 New Member

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    How many baits can you guys keep in a 55 gall. for extended periods?

    Flathead100
     
  7. Backlashed

    Backlashed New Member

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    Its actually better without light. Low light keeps the algae growth down.
    I keep mine in a barn all summer.