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Old 01-02-2018, 04:51 PM   #1
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Frozen bait

5 gal bucket with shiners turns into a block... :-(
Any good ideas out there?
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Old 01-02-2018, 05:28 PM   #2
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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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Old 01-02-2018, 06:38 PM   #3
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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?

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Old 01-02-2018, 06:45 PM   #4
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You using a small air pump to an air stone ray?
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Old 01-02-2018, 06:45 PM   #5
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I am running a 5 gallon round cooler with an air pump in my unheated garage
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Old 01-02-2018, 06:47 PM   #6
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Love the frabill insulated bait bucket w battery air line for the pond.
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:18 PM   #7
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I use a kitty litter bucket with a battery pump and air stone. Has served me well
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:19 PM   #8
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Ya think Joe? LOL

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

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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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A good run is better than a bad stand!
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Old 01-03-2018, 05:09 AM   #9
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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
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:17 AM   #10
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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..

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Nope, just the bucket,,, I get the idea now

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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 ! :-)
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:08 PM   #12
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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... :-)
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[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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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
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Old 01-04-2018, 07:29 AM   #15
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still have Mondays off and i'll hump the sled
Roger that, bring a shovel... LOL
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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)

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Old 01-05-2018, 10:45 PM   #17
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"If you're asking how to keep the bucket from freezing,"
Yes, got the picture now! :-)
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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.
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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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