Each tank has a 26 gallon capacity and is covered in a weatherproof cross-linked, closed cell foam coating which provides great insulation.
This live bait tank was designed to keep shad alive, but it will work with any bait you're fishing with. The round design and superior aeration provide a cozy atmosphere for bait fish to thrive!
I’m from New Mexico and had never fished with live shad until I moved to Oklahoma in 2014 and was introduced to amazing Lake Texoma by my girlfriend (now my beautiful wife). It wasn’t long before I bought a fishing boat and was off to the races. The boat had a bait well, and I learned to throw a cast net, so the stage was set. Or not! I filled that bait well with shad and before I got to the spot I wanted to fish half of them were dead! Another hour and I was using lures! After that, I researched and learned all I could from the generous Texoma fishermen on all the forums and Youtube channels about keeping shad alive. I quickly learned that in order to keep shad healthy, you have to have a special tank that: 1) is round or oval so there are no corners for the shad to congregate and suffocate themselves; 2) provides an ample supply of oxygen and some current to the water; 3) a good filter system to clean out all the scales, waste, and slime; and 4) you really want a tank that is insulated for those hot summer days. There are a lot of other factors to consider that are more about how you care for your bait after you bring the net up; how you treat the water before the bait goes in; how often you clean the filter; etc….but if your tank is missing any of the above elements you are going to have a hard time keeping your shad alive (I sincerely thank the generous guides and experienced fishermen who take the time to post tutorials and videos about this!). So the next step was to find a tank I could buy. There are some really great live bait wells out there, but daaaaang they are expensive! I didn’t have $700 or $800 to drop on a tank after I just bought my boat and traveled from OKC to Texoma on the weekends. I watched videos of guys building their own tanks out of barrels and coolers and just about anything else you can think of. There are some super innovative people out there! I’ve experimented with a lot of different designs, configurations, filter systems, but there was always something I wasn’t happy with. I finally nailed it with The Bait Boss Tank! With this live bait tank , I don’t lose shad anymore. No floaters, no red noses, and the bait are fresh and frisky! The best part is that this tank is far less expensive than the commercially made tanks, works just as good or better, and is affordable enough that you don't need to waste your time trying to build your own tank! My brother-in-law puts a shad on the hook and says, “Go do your job, Shadrick!,” which is now a common saying on my boat, so that’s why we consider ourselves Bait Bosses!
Our double filter sock system is very simple, yet extremely effective. The filter bags are made from a durable material that screens out scales, waste, and other tank debris. The large bag size will hold A LOT of gunk. When it's time to clean the filters, we recommend keeping a second manifold/filter bag set up on board so you can complete a filter change in less than 5 seconds. When you have a minute, you can easily remove the dirty filter bags, turn them inside out, and rinse them out. Reattach them to the manifold with the attached velcro and you are ready for the next 5 second filter change.
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