Worlds easiest INSULATED bait tank

Discussion in 'Livewell and Bait Tank Review' started by bnt55, Aug 2, 2008.

  1. bnt55

    bnt55 New Member

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    I was sitting in the boat the other day looking at my bait tank and got to thinking how easy it was to make and I should probably tell the brothers here since that is what this whole board is about, so here it is:

    I had been racking my brain for several weeks trying to come up with a suitable tank for keeping shad alive while fishing in the summer heat on the great Ohio River. There were a couple of prerequisites for this bait tank, first it had to be round, secondly it def. had to be insulated and finally I needed something around 20-30 gallons due to weight constraints. After reading hundreds of posts about the topic, weighing the pros and cons of a commecial tank (of which the only con is the cost and it happened to be a huge con for me) I decided if the rest of the DIY fishing community can make their own tank successfully, then dang it I can too. Now the only hurdle seemed to be the tank itself, I would worry about the aeration later. I was thinking about what I was going to use for a tank one afternoon while standing in line at the kwik-stop when what in front of my wandering eyes dost appear (no, not 8 tiny reindeer, or the very pretty girl paying for gas on pump 3) but a large, round, insulated BAIT TANK!! errrr.....I mean a Monster Energy drink cooler. The answer to my problems had been in front of me for most likely my entire driving career! In retrospect I probably should have grabbed a can out of the cooler instead of rubbing my hands over it and inspecting the plastic and design because I think I was making the cashier nervous and I know I got a few "who's this retard" stares from customers waiting in line. So know I had real issue, where to find my own round marketing cooler? I suppose a guy could canvas the entire kwik-stop community and scrounge one up, me. I just called my Dad and he got one for me the next day (nice to have connections). Once I got the tank into my possesion and convinced my wife that it would not be going into the living room next to the Lazy Boy to hold 3 cases of frosty beers, I need to cut it down to size and take the casters off the bottom. From the time I began riggin it to the finish was probably about 45 min. Once cut down I installed an insulated lid out of plexiglass and 1" blue styrofoam, as the original lid was un-insulated and looked like a huge plastic pop top and I wanted to be taken seriously as a live bait fisherman. As for the aeration, I just bought a KeepAlive pump with an air line and a small round filter and this kept the water swirling in a bubbly circular pattern that shad enjoy so much. One nice thing about this particular 7-UP cooler is the outflow pipe at the bottom, just unstop it and it will drain the tank, however I just use a long piece of tubing and let the bait pump send it over the side of the boat.
    So to make a long story (sorry about that) short, I spent about $15 on the tank itself, added the air/water pump and I had a WORKING, INSULATED, ROUND shad tank for practically nothing! If you are insterested in making one of these yourself read the post I made about treating the water to keep your fish friends alive. SALT POST Thanks for listening and I hope this helps some poor hillbilly fisherman out like it did for me.:big_smile:

    Bill
     

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  2. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    looks like an affordable bait tank, thanks for sharing
     

  3. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    Reckon your dad could lay hands on, say, a couple hundred of those things?:wink: I mean, this is a brotherhood, so that makes us all kinfolk. Right?:smile2:
     
  4. OhioRiverCatfisher

    OhioRiverCatfisher New Member

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    Good idea for sure. Sounds like a great bait tank! Thanks for sharing the info my brother.
     
  5. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Congrats on an excellent idea for a bait tank. That should do the job very well.
     
  6. Katfishing Cajun

    Katfishing Cajun New Member

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    Bill, my brother happens to have a coca-cola one just like that! Is there anything you would do different? That's a super cool tank you have! Thanks again!
     
  7. bnt55

    bnt55 New Member

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    I guess if I was to do another one I would make the lid a little stiffer, maybe 1/2" plywood with insulation? Other than that this little tank does the job very well, however I will say with the Keepalive aerator I clean the filter every hour or so to get rid of slime and scales. BTW I cut my tank down b/c it was too tall for what I needed.

    GOOD LUCK
    Bill
     
  8. mr_mississippi

    mr_mississippi New Member

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    ingenious brother
     
  9. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    That's slick as snot on a doorknob! :crazy:

    Bill in SC
     
  10. BobbyLee

    BobbyLee New Member

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    Great lookin' tank. Thanks for sharing it...
     
  11. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Great idea! The only thing I would do differently would be to use a plywood top with rigid foam insulation underneath, so I'd have a handy bait cutting board. I wouldn't run any hoses or wires through the top, so I could easily wash it off over the side of the boat.
     
  12. jerseycat9

    jerseycat9 New Member

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    Works for me :) My only question....Do you ever get stopped on the water by people asking to buy sodas?? LOL
     
  13. Snagged2

    Snagged2 New Member

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    Yea, Great idea,,,
    I want one with the Frosty cold, snow covered mountains on it, for when it's 120+, out on the water..
     
  14. river bum

    river bum New Member

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    i work at kroger and we have a bunch of this just sitting in the back just gota figgue out how to get one thanks for the idea
     
  15. Bryan8552

    Bryan8552 New Member

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    Thanks! That's the best looking homemade bait tank I've ever seen.
     
  16. mr. baker

    mr. baker New Member

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    Great idea. I am going to look for one.
     
  17. Flootie16

    Flootie16 New Member

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    bill gave me that tank cuz hes awesome! it works so well that i can keep two dozen shad alive in it during a whole trip without circulating the water! i love it! everyone should make one