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6 Tips To Keep Your Bait Alive Longer (And Catch MORE FISH)

CEO Tinh Phung
Want to keep your bait alive longer and more lively and active when you're ready to toss it out? Ensuring that your bait is well-maintained after you buy or catch it can make all the...

Want to keep your bait alive longer and more lively and active when you're ready to toss it out? Ensuring that your bait is well-maintained after you buy or catch it can make all the difference in attracting fish. A lively pinfish, mullet, or shrimp will undoubtedly attract more fish than a dead or dying one. That's why it's crucial to know these tips to keep your bait alive longer.

how to catch redfish Caption: Keep your bait alive longer with these useful tips.

6 Tips To Keep Your Bait Alive Longer [VIDEO]

Tip #1: Store your bait in a cooler

One of the main reasons baitfish die is due to the water getting too hot for them. Investing in a bait cooler, like the Engel live bait cooler, can help regulate the temperature and prevent overheating. Even using a regular cooler with an aerator is better than a normal 5-gallon bucket that easily overheats.

Tip #2: Put an ice pack in the water during the summer

To keep the water cool, you can also add a frozen water bottle or ice pack. Just make sure the ice is contained to avoid diluting the saltwater.

Tip #3: Use an aerator to keep oxygen levels high

Aerators or bubblers are essential for maintaining high oxygen levels in the water. Even if you have a livewell in your boat, using an aerator can provide extra oxygen.

Tip #4: Don't dip your hands into the bait bucket

When retrieving bait from the bucket, always use a small net instead of dipping your hands in. Your hands may have sunblock, fuel, oil, or other chemicals on them that could harm the bait.

Tip #5: Use a water conditioner

Water conditioners, such as the Pogey-Croaker Saver, are effective in removing ammonia and odors from the water. Ensuring a clean and odor-free environment is beneficial for the bait's overall health.

Tip #6: Replace the water throughout the day

Bringing in fresh water (not freshwater) can help keep the water clean and oxygenated. Bait coolers with plugs at the bottom are particularly helpful, as you can easily drain the dirtiest water and add fresh water. Keep a cup or small bucket nearby for convenient water changes.

By implementing these tips, you'll be able to keep your bait alive longer and more lively when you cast it out, ensuring a successful fishing experience. Have any questions about these tips? Or do you have any other suggestions for keeping your bait lively? Let us know in the comments below.

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