Live Bait And The Theory Of
- If someone handed you a brown banana or a piece of steak thats sat on the
kitchen sink all day, it would hardly get your taste buds dripping. You probably
wouldnt consider eating it even if you were starving hungry.
- Now relate that to presenting a live bait to a big fish. The better condition,
fresher, and as a consequence, livelier the bait fish is, the more chance there is of it
being smashed by a predator.
- While most anglers talk about the size of the hook, its placement, or the
breaking strain of the line, Ive discovered there is one aspect that is often
overlooked. The condition of the live bait before you use it. It has more impact on your
live baiting success rate than anything else. The question you ask is how do I
improve the condition of my live bait? To answer this I had to do a lot of research
into the air and space needs of an average bait-fish and come up with some startling
- You do not need a large volume of water to keep a large number of bait-fish
alive and you do not need to move large volumes of water through the tank to keep them
- If you have ever seen kids at a rock concert you will realize that even humans
can live in a sardine environment as long as they are supplied with sufficient air. In
fact we can survive in a no atmosphere environment as long as we have that
crucial element, sufficient air.
- Now the question is how do we supply fish with sufficient usable
air. If you watch with an inquiring mind the typical goldfish bowl aerator that
blows bubbles into a fish tank you have to ask yourself how the hell do those big
bubbles that float immediately to the surface have any effect on the quality of the
water. The simple answer is they dont. Well, very little anyway.
- The facts are that the smaller the air bubble the slower it will rise to the
surface and the more time it has to dissolve into the water.
- Let me explain that in more detail. A large 20mm air bubble has a volume of 4.19
cm3, and a surface area of 12.6 cm2. You could make 260 small 3mm bubbles from that large
bubble and they would have a total surface area of 83.6 cm2. This is 6.6 times the surface
of the 20mm bubble. You could make 260 small 3mm bubbles from the large bubble. The small
bubbles, can theoretically aerate 6.6 times as much water with the same amount of air.
- Knowing the importance of air bubble size, the effectiveness of different
aerator systems becomes readily apparent!
- Having tried all manner of live well aeration systems, I came to the conclusion
that every system fell far short of my expectations.
- The spray bar system that I have been using for several years forces water onto
the surface of the tank and in doing so can damage delicate species like herring. It also
tends to cause foam to build up, depending on the quality of the water, sometimes it foams
up worse than my washing machine.
- The through hull bilge pump I used to have was fine as long as my boat was in
the water and the water quality was reasonable. I stopped using this system because I
quite often caught my bait at one location then trailered the boat to another place to
fish. By the time I got there the bait was looking very sad.
- Being a permanent fixture limits its effectiveness, as I often use a portable
esky to transport my live bait when land based fishing or travelling to freshwater
dams.Experience has proven that the little air pumps that are available are next to
useless because of the size of the bubbles they produce.
- So, after all the research it became apparent that the ideal live bait aerator
would gently inject micro fine bubbles, preferably released to cause a gentle circular
current within the tank at about one to two miles per hour.I knew that anglers all over
the world would be having similar problems so decided to start asking question of my
American fishing mates as to what they use.
- I know keeping fish alive in tournaments is a major consideration over there as
well as live bait, if there was a better system they would know about it.
- It has taken almost six months but now its here! The
best live well aeration system in the world - bar none!
- The unit is called a KeepAlive Oxygen Infusor and
to see it in operation is a revelation. Oxygen is infused at the pump impeller, chopped
into millions of micro fine bubbles then gently released into your live bait tank or esky.
- There is also a regulator that allows you to adjust the amount of air to water
mix. Because of the density of salt water the mist of bubbles is more obvious in salt
water than fresh, even though it is as effective in either.
- In testing the unit Ive caught hundreds of herring in my cast net and
dropped them into the live bait tank.
- Some were floating upside down when they first hit the water and within minutes
were literally jumping out of the tank!
- The most popular model used by tournament angler in the states, the KA460, is
equipped with suction cups to secure it to the bottom of your container as well as an air
tube and regulator that is designed to clamp on the top of your live bait container. The
unit is designed around a Rule bilge pump and incorporates a water intake filter and comes
with battery clamps for easy connection.
- For those anglers that already have a Rule 360 pump, a conversion kit is
available to covert it to a KeepAlive Oxygen Infusor.
- After extensive use I can say that if KeepAlive
cant keep it alive nothing will!
Statistical Information - Bob Heideman, President of Aquatic Eco-Systems,Inc.,
Facts and figures KeepAlive Oxygen Infusors Tampa Springs Florida
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