Rain Barrel bait hotel, or is there something better.

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Making a bait hotel to keep down at my slip, best thing i've found is a rain barrel, image attached. Anyone use anything else? Maybe something with a little bigger diameter and shallower?

Making it out of netting wont work the seals will get in. Let me know if you have any other plastic container ideas.

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Im up north, but I use a plastic trash can with a snap on lid. Big as you can get. Then I zip tied a pool fun noodle around the top just below the lid. Add a lot of holes and your set. I copied mine from all the commercial guys around my dock. Super easy and cheap.
 
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If a dead bait can fall through, a live one can too right?

only the non common core educated ones will figure out how to get out while still alive...but that's just like 2%
 
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there is a group of fish you need to watch out for when you have a bait barrel...they are from OBB and they will find their way in and stay and make a mess requiring round the clock supervision buy you can't force them out...OCCUPY BAIT BARREL
 
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Making a bait hotel to keep down at my slip, best thing i've found is a rain barrel, image attached. Anyone use anything else? Maybe something with a little bigger diameter and shallower?

Making it out of netting wont work the seals will get in. Let me know if you have any other plastic container ideas.

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Ummm...
is that the rain barrel (image attached) you are talking about?
Doesn't look too efficient as a rain barrel (killer bait motel though)
:D
Like mentioned, go down and take a look at what the commercial and sport guys are doing, lots of great home made rigs for the cheap.
 
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I used a variety for years. One of the best was made of chicken wire shaped like a barrel under a large plastic float tube. The wire was easy to flush (algae, sponges and other sea life will quickly clog the holes and sometimes add so much weight to the barrel it wants to sink). You need a lot of openings since water current is usually very slow around marinas and you need to maximize the oxygen available. Build a sturdy tank to keep seals and sea gulls out and watch out for crabs-they will get in when small and set up house keeping while dining on your bait. Actually your biggest concern may come from other anglers poaching your supply.
 
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We've got one made of pvc with a netting material wrapped around. Pool noodle for flotation. We haven't had problems with seals with this version.

I wouldn't make it too deep unless you want to use your sabiki to fish them back out. You could also have a dedicated longer net as well.
 
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Also keep in mind dock security. A couple of seasons ago a friend had more than a few incidences of having bait completely disappear once left unattended overnight. This happened in SD bay at a non- yacht club slip.

Unless you are at a secure dock, there is always a chance of some A-hole pilfering your bait. Between the expense of materials used to build the cage plus ~5 scoops of bait vanishing, I'd guess it ran about $350 in total for zero rewards.

Just sayin'
 
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Iv'e used the rain barrel and it does work. If I did it again I would cut the barrel in half because its too deep. There are hooping floats attached on the rim to keep it float, I have seen pool noodles used too. keep the bottom half and cut again, then re-attatch to shallower end. make sense?? good luck
 
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We bought fresh water containers from the home Depot in tijuana. The have a turn lock lid and are pretty big. Keeps bait alive really nicely.
 
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