The other week I was watching OLN and came across a program on how to handle live bait fish, I never took much thought about it I net them and put them in the bait tank, Go figure, According to the program once the bait fish are netted , They should be put in floating holding pen and tranfer with a hand bait net in to the bait tank. not to over fill the tank with bait, and never handle until they are ready to be used. Ok for the last few weeks I been using a 5gl bucket to hold the bait and tranfering in to the livewell, Well to my admasement the shad are living longer and there is fewer scales and slime in the bait tank. I now have a portable floating holding pen on order. I use live shad and whole shad most of the time and found this tidbit of info to be helpful.