keeping live bait

Discussion in 'LOCAL MISSOURI TALK' started by DAREWOOD11, Jan 11, 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. Dsage

    Dsage Active Member

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    I use a big deep freezer and I just took the top off. I have mine in my shop so I do not have to worry about animals. I do have a screen top on it to keep them from jumping out. As for the food I use bread and dog food.
     

  3. orion_xxvx

    orion_xxvx New Member

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    An old freezer is fine but generally it helps to have styrofoam involved if you are keeping fish because it holds oxygen better.It would help if I knew what bait specifically you are wanting to keep.
     
  4. DAREWOOD11

    DAREWOOD11 Member

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    mostly sunfish
     
  5. kenlaw76

    kenlaw76 New Member

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    As long as you have some kind of filter or change the water out every so offten you should be fine. I feed the fish in my bait tank trout pellets. I went to a hatchery last year and bought some to make some bait with and bought about 5 lbs of them.
     
  6. jms43

    jms43 New Member

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    For our bait tank we cut the bottom 2 ft off of a plastic 50 gal drum. Install a live well pump and run it out and into a pvc pipe that is mounted around the top of the tank. We've kept shad alive for days as well as perch and bullheads.
     
  7. rdt

    rdt New Member

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    I've kept perch alive for several weeks at a time in an old freezer with the lid still on using a large aquarium air pump. I skim the water daily and sometimes will add a frozen milk jug to keep the water cool. i usually don't worry about feed but have put in some dog food if I had kept them for a long time.
     
  8. ozzyso44

    ozzyso44 New Member

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    What about if the freezer worked? Could you just plug it in and keep it cool that way or would it actually freeze up? Could you put it on a timer? I don't know, just asking.
     
  9. rdt

    rdt New Member

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    A working freezer could probably be used in that way, but mixing electricity and that much water would make me nervous. I do know that keeping the water cool is very important in keeping the bait alive. It seems that in an old freezer the water warms slowly and doesn't take a lot of ice to keep it cool.