Keeping Bugs alive 3 Day

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  1. HBB

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    Headed out for 3 days on my friends boat going to fish and try for lobsters. Was wondering if anyone has any tips on keeping the lobsters alive for multiple nights. The bait tank is not that big.
     
  2. spongehead

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    Cooler with seawater.
     
  3. PoolMan

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    Cooler with seaweed.
     
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    pacificscout Hey! You got any frozen ice?

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    I have a lobster sitting license.
    Oh and I'm vegan.
     
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    if you can put them in the bait tank.
     
  6. FlotillaKilla

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    I have the perfect set up

    Pm me and I will give you me number
     
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    Lobs will definitely be best off in your bait tank. Coolers with sea water or sea weed can get hot if left in the sun, or run out of oxygen without an aerator.

    I was able to keep 2 limits of bugs in my old 14 gallon bait tank for days. The only problem is there was not much room for bait!
     
  8. ShadBurke

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    Unless you plan on pulling a multi day permit, best to kill and grill. Lobster dinners every night.

    Keep in mind possession limits as well as daily limits...... DFW will.......
     
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    I've kept em alive for a week in a cooler with seawater (had to add a couple gallons every 3 days) with a small battery-powered aerator, available at most tackle shops.
     
  10. Blackfish

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    If you are not using the bait tank for bait, then use it for the bugs.

    Or if you have a cooler, soak a towel in sea water then lay it on the bottom of the cooler then lay them on the towel, then cover them with a soaked sea water towel. Do this in layers as the cooler feels. Freeze some water bottles to take along, and lay them in the cooler. Keep the cooler in the shade, and covered with a wet towel.
    Once or twice a day, dump a bucket of fresh sea water on them, then drain the water out. If you leave the water in the cooler, they will suffocate.
     
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    You need to leave the cooler cracked also or they will suffocate also!
     
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    Cooler or livewell while moving. Bring a game bag that divers use and drop them over the side when anchored or drifting.
     
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    Thinking similar. I like the towel on the bottom of the cooler, replenishing salt water, ice cold water bottles. Your added layers of towels makes me not want to be your lobster.

    I have caught sculpin in the evening, put them in a cooler with frozen water bottles (without water) and have seen them very much alive after work the next day. Lobsters most likely do better.
     
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    Close, I have only needed to keep them alive for a day and a half.
    put them in cooler (igloo no O-ring gaskets). Add about 1/8" of sea water, no more.
    Add a two litter frozen water bottle. After a day and a half they will be alive and feisty!
    If u pack them in a bait tank that's off u will have dead bugs in the AM. If your water bottle leaks dead bugs. You can used the frozen bottle w/o the water. The bugs will be live but they will puke up a bunch of black crap, not so good. U need a 40 qt cooler for one limit, a 70 for too. Size doe matter they are going to be packed in there.
     
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    Ive kept them alive for days with a frozen milk jug in an ice chest.
     
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    Bait tank is the best. even if you have to pack them in.
     
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    dalurker old skool rules

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    i never leave 'em sitting in any type of water unless a highly circulating bait tank of fresh incoming water. much like ghost shrimp, wallowing in their own excrement will kill 'em...

    keep 'em cool and layered in saltwater soaked gunny sacks or newspaper.
    i keep 'em in my laundry sink with the drain "open" covered with sea water soaked gunny sacks or ocean water soaked newspaper cool 'n moist... if it's hot outside, pile ice on 'em... they stayed alive for 3 days...

    its what i do...
     
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    While on the boat without access to ice, we hung them over the side in a heavy wire meat cage. Seal proof !

    I have one you can borrow or buy if you need it

    Keeps them fresh and alive and extra tasty ...
     
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    Are you talking about 3 limits? otherwise a sack over the side will work.
     
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    A sack over the side might make for a easy seal sack lunch
     
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