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Keeping Live bait

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Keeping Live bait

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I know this is an emotive subject but I am thinking of doing some live bait fishing this year where allowed. This may involve 2-3 days away, catching them at the start (hopefully 😀) and then keeping them for the duration. Lots of buckets and aerators available of course but what do I really need for keeping them for a few days at home and traveling? This is not going to be large scale.
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perforated bucket on a string in the water worked for my longer livebait sessions :thumbs:
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Recently brought one of these and it’s been brilliant on the two occasions I’ve used it so far; rechargeable battery with solar panel built in that keeps it going nicely. I keep it on the windowsill so it’s charging all week between sessions. Highly recommend

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07F1NSNZN/ ... DDbA4VM6A1
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Not an emotive subject on a pike fishing forum - I would hope ... best solution I have found are round plastic 100 gallon loft tanks - black in colour. Place them out of the sun and run an air line in from a decent air pump; then plastic pond netting over the top. Job done. I'd only keep the prisoners in the colder months though. Usually fill my tank late October (to allow the water to condition itself), then stock up at the end of November - roach and small chub are my preferred baits, but small carp are always nice, if can get them small enough... having lives mid winter is essential on many fen waters I fish, even more so when targeting zander. Always surprises me that so many pike anglers still don't use them (where they can of course) and yet wonder why the don't catch much on some waters...

Here go: https://www.tanks-direct.co.uk/water-ta ... tanks.html

Hope that all helps, tight lines, Mark P.
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Mark Phillips wrote: Sun Sep 15 2019 12:48 -
Not an emotive subject on a pike fishing forum - I would hope ... best solution I have found are round plastic 100 gallon loft tanks - black in colour. Place them out of the sun and run an air line in from a decent air pump; then plastic pond netting over the top. Job done. I'd only keep the prisoners in the colder months though. Usually fill my tank late October (to allow the water to condition itself), then stock up at the end of November - roach and small chub are my preferred baits, but small carp are always nice, if can get them small enough... having lives mid winter is essential on many fen waters I fish, even more so when targeting zander. Always surprises me that so many pike anglers still don't use them (where they can of course) and yet wonder why the don't catch much on some waters...

Here go: https://www.tanks-direct.co.uk/water-ta ... tanks.html

Hope that all helps, tight lines, Mark P.
Thanks Mark will wait for temp to drop :thumbs:
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Fish on.... wrote: Sun Sep 08 2019 19:34 -
Recently brought one of these and it’s been brilliant on the two occasions I’ve used it so far; rechargeable battery with solar panel built in that keeps it going nicely. I keep it on the windowsill so it’s charging all week between sessions. Highly recommend

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07F1NSNZN/ ... DDbA4VM6A1
Now that's handy :thumbs:
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Plus 1 for a loft tank, the bigger the better.
If you want shiney pets use a tank design that comes with a solid top or make your own.
Round is better for swimming and good health.
Have two pumps, use one, the other as reserve or when hard frosts are forecast.
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large black plastic dustbins with clip on lids cheap as chips
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Garden water butts with airline.
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I use a loft tank around 4' diameter and fitted a pond filter which is constantly moving the water and avoids freezing, also with the inlet from the filter set high it does aerate as well. I have an old carp landing net mesh over the top held in place with an elastic bungee rope as roach tend to try and escape. They are happy in it, I've even had perch spawn in the spring.
Tanks can be found on skips outside house restorations, fly tipped or a plumber you may know.
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Need to knock one of these up I think.
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Trevor928 wrote: Sat Sep 07 2019 15:49 -
I know this is an emotive subject but I am thinking of doing some live bait fishing this year where allowed. This may involve 2-3 days away, catching them at the start (hopefully 😀) and then keeping them for the duration. Lots of buckets and aerators available of course but what do I really need for keeping them for a few days at home and traveling? This is not going to be large scale.
keep net , then back in at the end of the day , next day keep net , back in at the end of the day , next day keep net ,then back in at the end of the day .....works for me
that way they are all in tip top condition , the problem is you have to prove you have caught them from that water ,when you turn up with a bucket full of lives say the next day ......
i know a few lads that have been banned from club waters for bringing bait in...... club the rules state i think ,you catch then on the day and use, but not to be taken from the venue ....
for me its not worth the hassle trev ,i suppose it depends where you are in the country , but in my parts its a big no no taking baits out and bringing baits in to a venue
i use live baits when they are available you cant go wrong on them , but i catch on the day if i can ...... :thumbs: ........

regards steve :thumbs:
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On the day - weighted bait tube - bailiff proof :suspect: :thumbs:
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Esoxuk wrote: Thu Oct 17 2019 12:43 -
I use a loft tank around 4' diameter and fitted a pond filter which is constantly moving the water and avoids freezing, also with the inlet from the filter set high it does aerate as well. I have an old carp landing net mesh over the top held in place with an elastic bungee rope as roach tend to try and escape. They are happy in it, I've even had perch spawn in the spring.
Tanks can be found on skips outside house restorations, fly tipped or a plumber you may know.
do you feed them at all?
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No need to feed them. As long as the water is cold they will stay in good condition without any food. Adding any food will cause water quality issues.
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Mark Phillips wrote: Fri Nov 26 2021 19:56 -
On the day - weighted bait tube - bailiff proof :suspect: :thumbs:

And 20lb line to tie it to a piece of bankside branch or something :thumbs:
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d roberts wrote: Sun Nov 28 2021 10:37 -
No need to feed them. As long as the water is cold they will stay in good condition without any food. Adding any food will cause water quality issues.
you get a last meal on death row .........tight t***s
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:laughs: :laughs: :laughs:
stubbojo wrote: Mon Nov 29 2021 17:41 -
d roberts wrote: Sun Nov 28 2021 10:37 -
No need to feed them. As long as the water is cold they will stay in good condition without any food. Adding any food will cause water quality issues.
you get a last meal on death row .........tight t***s :laughs: :laughs: :laughs:
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