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Guppy 01-02-2018 04:51 PM

Frozen bait
 
5 gal bucket with shiners turns into a block... :-(
Any good ideas out there?

Rockfish9 01-02-2018 05:28 PM

I run my 35 gallon Kodiak bait tank with a 300 watt in line heater in the supply line to the canister filter for my weekly supply ..it lives in the garage a remote thermostat set to 40 keeps it at a good temp...my storage tank is a 55 gallon drum buried in the ground with a 300 watt pond heater...a good cooler is a good temporary home...I just take it to the extreme. .
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Guppy 01-02-2018 06:38 PM

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I run my 35 gallon Kodiak bait tank with a 300 watt in line heater in the supply line to the canister filter for my weekly supply ..it lives in the garage a remote thermostat set to 40 keeps it at a good temp...my storage tank is a 55 gallon drum buried in the ground with a 300 watt pond heater...a good cooler is a good temporary home...I just take it to the extreme. .
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Ya think Joe? LOL

So u use a cooler on those sweet rigs of yours?

White owl today I think
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niko 01-02-2018 06:45 PM

You using a small air pump to an air stone ray?
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Sea Dangles 01-02-2018 06:45 PM

I am running a 5 gallon round cooler with an air pump in my unheated garage
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Sea Dangles 01-02-2018 06:47 PM

Love the frabill insulated bait bucket w battery air line for the pond.
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The Dad Fisherman 01-02-2018 08:18 PM

I use a kitty litter bucket with a battery pump and air stone. Has served me well
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Rockfish9 01-02-2018 08:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Guppy (Post 1134462)
Ya think Joe? LOL

So u use a cooler on those sweet rigs of yours?

White owl today I think
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I do..I have a 30 quart Engel bait cooler it came with a air pump that will run 48 hours on a pair of D batery. .it also comes with a 12 volt cord adapter. .it's the best pump I have ever used...I have a few buckets..all are decent ...one is a Styrofoam cooler in a heavy wire cage...I bought it from Herters many years ago..this cooler is the best bait keeper I have ever had...most expensive too.
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wdmso 01-03-2018 05:09 AM

unrelated to the bait but have seen black painted ping pong balls or hand ball to keep your holes from icing over ... not sure if anything will help with this cold .. and this blanket of snow will add new problems glad i never got the ice fishing bug

Rockfish9 01-03-2018 07:17 AM

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Originally Posted by wdmso (Post 1134481)
unrelated to the bait but have seen black painted ping pong balls or hand ball to keep your holes from icing over ... not sure if anything will help with this cold .. and this blanket of snow will add new problems glad i never got the ice fishing bug

I've never heard of painted ping pong balls but it could have merit...some guy's use hole covers...I've tried them made of rubber roofing but just never cared for them. I bought a few commercially made ones. I didn't like those either.. what does help...is to wrap the lower half of your tip ups with black electrical tape... the UV rays from the sun keep the ice from forming and sticking to your tip up. It's a trick that I learned from an old timer over 50 years ago... it's served me well for many years..

Guppy 01-03-2018 07:31 AM

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Originally Posted by niko (Post 1134464)
You using a small air pump to an air stone ray?
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Nope, just the bucket,,, I get the idea now

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Originally Posted by wdmso (Post 1134481)
unrelated to the bait but have seen black painted ping pong balls or hand ball to keep your holes from icing over ... not sure if anything will help with this cold .. and this blanket of snow will add new problems glad i never got the ice fishing bug

Have enough gear for two, just saying:-)

Thanks gents, more to it than meets the eye,,, :-)
Headed to a pond today that I haven't fished in 50 yrs. +, it's a bit of a hike in pulling sled.... Another day in paradise ! :-)

Guppy 01-03-2018 06:08 PM

Here's one

Recently got two Bluetooth hearing aids thru the VA... Forgot to remove them, stocking hat has a tendency to dislodge them... On the ice for an hour or so, oops, left ear empty... Chit!

Comes up with a brain storm, tried to pair the phone with the aid and it connects, walked around and it disconnects, kept doing this til I pretty much had a pefect circle of foot marks in the snow, walked to where I figured the center of my marks where and holy chit, looked down and there it was,,,, had another beer and got back to fishin!

Go figure... :-)

Rockfish9 01-03-2018 07:04 PM

[QUOTE=Guppy;1134530]Here's one

Recently got two Bluetooth hearing aids thru the VA... Forgot to remove them, stocking hat has a tendency to dislodge them... On the ice for an hour or so, oops, left ear empty... Chit!

Comes up with a brain storm, tried to pair the phone with the aid and it connects, walked around and it disconnects, kept doing this til I pretty much had a pefect circle of foot marks in the snow, walked to where I figured the center of my marks where and holy chit, looked down and there it was,,,, had another beer and got back to fishin!

Go figure... :-)[/QUOTEl
Thanks for the chuckle...that's using your noodle...not sure I would have thought of that...
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wdmso 01-04-2018 04:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Guppy (Post 1134484)
Nope, just the bucket,,, I get the idea now



Have enough gear for two, just saying:-)

Thanks gents, more to it than meets the eye,,, :-)
Headed to a pond today that I haven't fished in 50 yrs. +, it's a bit of a hike in pulling sled.... Another day in paradise ! :-)


still have Mondays off and i'll hump the sled :D

Guppy 01-04-2018 07:29 AM

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still have Mondays off and i'll hump the sled :D

Roger that, bring a shovel... LOL

FishermanTim 01-05-2018 12:41 PM

If you're asking what to do with the shiners, thaw the ice and fish them on the bottom for pike/pickerel bait.

If you're asking how to keep the bucket from freezing, get a battery powered aerator and use it while out on the ice.
Ice can still form, but it won't freeze solid because the water will constantly be moving. Once you turn it off outside, the ice will form!

I use one when I fish with minnows. (it keeps the bait active)

Guppy 01-05-2018 10:45 PM

"If you're asking how to keep the bucket from freezing,"
Yes, got the picture now! :-)

TheLureWasher 01-10-2018 05:55 PM

Baby Bubbles. It cost me less than 5 bucks at Walmart. Runs on 2AA batteries for 20+ hours. Keeps bait lively and ice free. I also have a styrofoam bucket inside the 5gallon bucket. Ive had shiners going on 3 weeks with only 3 dead.

Guppy 01-10-2018 07:11 PM

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Originally Posted by TheLureWasher (Post 1134913)
Baby Bubbles. It cost me less than 5 bucks at Walmart. Runs on 2AA batteries for 20+ hours. Keeps bait lively and ice free. I also have a styrofoam bucket inside the 5gallon bucket. Ive had shiners going on 3 weeks with only 3 dead.

wow, nice one Washer


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