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post #1 of 16
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So as I'm sure most of you know live shrimp tend to die along the course of a day even if you change their water periodically.

I was going to buy a portable battery powered aerator but then yesterday at the pier I saw someone with one and peeked into his bucket to see that some of his shrimp were dead as well.

Do these aerators work?

Any other methods to keep them alive?
post #2 of 16
Shrimp are a very delicate animal. More then likely the persons bucket you looked into and saw the dead ones. Was because the water temp. got to hot for them and they basically cooked. Take your bucket with the aerator and place it in a cooler with some ice in it. The ice will cool the water they are in and slow down their metabolism.
post #3 of 16
i think they die of heat before they die of lack of oxygen

considering how they can get trapped in small puddles during low tide
post #4 of 16
make sure the ice wasn't made from chlorinated water, better to freeze bottles of water and place one of these sealed into the water
post #5 of 16
I'm not familiar with either platform, but if you're fishing from a kayak, you've got some pretty good options with either home made or purchased bait cages/buckets (you can probably make your own), and I'm sure there are some pretty good options available for boat use... sorry I could not be more specific or helpful
post #6 of 16
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make sure the ice wasn't made from chlorinated water, better to freeze bottles of water and place one of these sealed into the water


A frozen bottle placed directly in the water with them won't hurt or kill them?
post #7 of 16
Dont let them come into contact with the fresh water from the ice.I saw that you can keep live shrimp alive for a very long time by freezing them to a point, and like post above said they will go dormant, but when they are used and go back into the warmer water they become very active.I saw it in the book inshore fisherman i believe.
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by Muskogeee View Post
A frozen bottle placed directly in the water with them won't hurt or kill them?

No it won't.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by MightyMouse View Post
I'm not familiar with either platform, but if you're fishing from a kayak, you've got some pretty good options with either home made or purchased bait cages/buckets (you can probably make your own), and I'm sure there are some pretty good options available for boat use... sorry I could not be more specific or helpful


Platform ????
post #10 of 16
For pier fishing, buy a $10 Frabill flow/troll bucket, and don't overload it. If it will take you a while to get to the water you can use an aerator for travel, but when you get there lose the aerator and dunk the bucket. Tie it off on the up-current side so it floats under the pier.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Muskogeee View Post
So as I'm sure most of you know live shrimp tend to die along the course of a day even if you change their water periodically.

I was going to buy a portable battery powered aerator but then yesterday at the pier I saw someone with one and peeked into his bucket to see that some of his shrimp were dead as well.

Do these aerators work?

Any other methods to keep them alive?


get a small cooler, fill it about half full of ice, wet some news paper, sprinkle salt between the layers, put the shrimps on top. good to go.

they will look dead but when you put them on a hook and into the water they wake up.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by speckhunter80 View Post
Platform ????


...as in "fishing platform," hence kayak, boat, dugout canoe, etc.
post #13 of 16
We use an air pump just for the transport time from the shrimp farm to the water. About 15 minutes. After that they go in a wire cage. Their own waste will kill them if you try to keep them in a bucket. Nothing better for the trout we have here.
post #14 of 16
i hjave kept shrimp alive for up to 12hrs overnight in florida with a battery powered setup you will lose a few ,but as soon as you can get some fresh salt water in there they will be alright. make sure you have fresh batterys
post #15 of 16
3 variables involved with keeping shrimp/mullet alive. Oxygenated water, water temp and water freshness. I have kept bait alive for a week or more. I put ice in a double sealed ziplock bag to cool the water. I use a Big Bubbles aerator, 2 D batteries will last 24 hours, and change the water out every 2 hours. If fresh water leaks from the ice pack, your bait will die. If the temp of the water gets into the 80's, your bait will die, and if the bait releases too much waste into the water, your bait will die.

If I have any leftover bait when I'm done for the day, I change the water 1 last time before I leave. Make sure to fill your bucket up with as much water as it can hold without spilling out on the ride home. I use a 10 gallon bucket for my bait. I have an inverter in my truck, so I hook up the fish tank aerator for the ride home. When I get home, I add another batch of ice to cool the temp, and they will be ready to go the next time I am.
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