How To Keep Bait Alive On The Pier (Live Bait Management)
One of your most valuable assets on the pier is LIVE BAIT.
But being up on the pier, it can be a challenge to keep your bait alive and contained so you can continue to set lively baits out all day long.
Active baits with signs of life are critically important to your success.
Here’s how you should manage your live bait when fishing from the pier!
How To Keep Bait Alive On The Pier [VIDEO]
You can catch your own live bait from the pier and fish that way.
OR you can go the easier route and come prepared with live shrimp or live finfish.
Live shrimp is one of the best pier fishing baits for redfish, mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and others alike.
A pro tip is to bring your own live shrimp and then in between action you can try and catch other baitfish around the pier.
Live Bait Buckets
Live bait buckets with aerators are the easiest and best method for keeping live bait alive throughout the day.
The aerators on live bait buckets are designed to keep the water oxygenated so the shrimp stay alive longer.
More often than not, the live shrimp will die in hot water that sits out in the sun on the pier.
If the water your shrimp are in is getting too warm, then you can dump ice in there to cool it down.
You want to keep the water temperature on the cooler side.
Additionally, any live bait you catch while out on the pier can go right into a live bait bucket as well for use later on.
This will help keep your baits super lively when you go to put them on a hook.
Can You Put Live Shrimp & Finfish In The Same Bucket?
You can with certain baitfish but not with others.
Cigar minnows or mullet can go right in the same bucket as your live shrimp.
But I would recommend against putting pinfish or croakers in with the live shrimp.
These fish tend to eat the live shrimp when you mix them together.
BONUS: Pro Tip For Live Bait
On those brutally hot days, the water temperature in your bucket could heat up to dangerous levels and kill those shrimp.
For these situations, I recommend dropping in a Shrimp-Buddies tablet to maintain proper oxygen levels.
All you do is drop 1 or 2 in your bait bucket and it helps to oxygenate the water.
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