Aerators for beach fishing

Has anyone used any of the cheap aerator pumps available for clipping onto fishing buckets? Are any of them worth the hassle (i.e. do they make much difference to the life of the fish compared to keeping it in the bucket with fresh water)? 

I'm fishing from the beach mostly and occasionally do a bit of walking to get to a good spot. So if I get an aerator it needs to be light and battery powered. 

I've heard that some of these pumps don't make a lot of difference to just keeping the bait in fresh water. Any opinions or advice on them? Cheers. 

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 i had one of those, fell in

Fri, 2018-08-17 11:34

 i had one of those, fell in the bucket first time i used it!

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 i use a jarvis walker kmart

Fri, 2018-08-17 12:45

 i use a jarvis walker kmart job does the trick keeps herring alive and well for a few hours. light, cheap, couple of batteries good little unit i reckon.

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 Thanks mate. Yeah, I've seen

Sat, 2018-08-18 02:38

 Thanks mate. Yeah, I've seen the Jarvis Walker one and was thinking of getting one. Just needed at least one first hand account to know that it's worth it. 

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 Depends on how many fish are

Sat, 2018-08-18 07:06

 Depends on how many fish are in the bucket and how big. The aerator is very effective and will keep quite a few alive for many hours, so long as the water stays cool. If you only want to keep a few herring or whiting just use a second bucket to tip in some fresh water every so often. The second option better if the bucket is in the sun. 


 Cheers Treky

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Yeah they work good

Sat, 2018-08-18 07:55

 I had a rapala floating one kept livies good for hours just change water every hour and half

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Ive kept 8-10 herring alive

Fri, 2018-08-31 22:44

Ive kept 8-10 herring alive many times in the white fishing buckets for hours without an aerator. Just change the water regularly and keep them in the shade or dig your bucket a hole in the sand. Ive tried aerators many times but now i just do the hard work and change the water.

Good luck, Cant beat fishing with livies.


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 Thanks for all the advice. 

Mon, 2018-09-03 22:03

 Thanks for all the advice. 

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 Better of buying a decent

Wed, 2018-09-12 15:19

 Better of buying a decent quality one from an online aquarium store.