Live bait handling

Hey guys how are we. I am a land based fisher only, I am interested to here if anyone has ideas for a portable live bait tank, I don't know if it posible but here goes, if I was to go out say 5am catch a heap of bait fish put them in a tank of some sort, then come home for the day, then take them out that night and use them as livies, What would be the best set up to do this, ( keeping in mind I'll be at home during the day so wouldn't be able to use sea water to change when gets dirty, is this able to be done or am I pushing s*** up hill, some thing not to bulky, Cheers guys Rails

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kidies pool

Tue, 2012-04-10 14:35

Depending on how far from the water you live and what you intend to catch as livies {some fish keep better than others} you may be able to use a square tub of some sort with a lid and aerator and do a mercy dash home and transfer them into a blow up kiddies pool { lots of guys of the rocks up north use these } once again with an aerator and salt water to keep for later that night ...

cheers fishfish 

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 If you plan on returning to

Tue, 2012-04-10 16:15

 If you plan on returning to the same spot at night, drill holes in a big bucket that you can seal up. Tie off the bucket somewhere so it stays put and the fish should survive. I've kept bait alive all day in buckets like this tied to a jetty - the bucket just sinks and washes around a little.


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Just remember to keep them

Tue, 2012-04-10 16:40

Just remember to keep them cool and dark, and in a round-sided container if possible.


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 Rails, we have kept fish

Wed, 2012-04-11 11:21

 Rails, we have kept fish alive for a couple of days in a bucket of sea water and a 12V pump putting oxigen in the water. Almost the same method as keeping fish in a tank at home. We have used the 12V pump to connect to the utes battery supply. Should be able to find a pump at the pet / fish shop.

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round container ??

Wed, 2012-04-11 14:15

Till whats the advantages of a round sided container ??? I presume its to keep the fish moving ??? instead of stuck in a corner ????

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 a 20ltr bucket with a pump

Wed, 2012-04-11 15:22

 a 20ltr bucket with a pump as mentioned. the reason for a round container is so the fish wont hurt themselves running into corners which can cause stress and that usually ends up with death


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I just bought a kit from

Sat, 2012-04-14 07:48

I just bought a kit from surecatch, check out ebay it was $45 including express postage. I can't get the link because I'm at work so search "surecatch live bait". But pretty much it is just a collapsable bucket, a net, a battery powered aerator with a stone. They come in a 9.5" bucket or 15" bucket.  BCF have the 9.5" kit. As long as you keep it cool it lasts all day. Otherwise just change the water over every now and then if it is a warm day.