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Jul 21, 2021 16:44:43   #
FS Digest
 
Hey all. Quick question, how many hours will small bluegill live in a 5 gallon bucket? My son doesn’t get out of camp until 4p tomorrow and we want to fish in the evening. Live lining the best way to catch anything decent this time of year here. I know a spot where I can catch a bunch of bluegills the size of my middle finger. I was thinking about going mid morning, catching a bunch from shore and keeping them in a bucket until we can get boat in water around 5p. No aerator or anything like that. Worse case is we spend time catching bait but it’d be easier if I can get them before hand. I’d hate to catch a bunch just to have them die and go to waste. Any input much appreciated.

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Jul 21, 2021 16:47:55   #
4DaFryer Loc: Romeoville, IL
 
Get a cheap battery powered aerator. It will prove very useful for many fishing excursions.
BASS Love small live bluegills fished under a bobber !

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Jul 21, 2021 17:56:36   #
Rutinbuck Loc: Haysville, Kansas
 
Aerator is definitely the way to go, not terribly expensive, around $25. Use good quality batteries they’ll last all night.

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Jul 21, 2021 17:57:28   #
Rutinbuck Loc: Haysville, Kansas
 
Aerator is definitely the way to go, not terribly expensive, around $25. Use good quality batteries they’ll last all night.

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Jul 21, 2021 18:54:26   #
Fredfish Loc: Prospect CT.
 
FS Digest wrote:
Hey all. Quick question, how many hours will small bluegill live in a 5 gallon bucket? My son doesn’t get out of camp until 4p tomorrow and we want to fish in the evening. Live lining the best way to catch anything decent this time of year here. I know a spot where I can catch a bunch of bluegills the size of my middle finger. I was thinking about going mid morning, catching a bunch from shore and keeping them in a bucket until we can get boat in water around 5p. No aerator or anything like that. Worse case is we spend time catching bait but it’d be easier if I can get them before hand. I’d hate to catch a bunch just to have them die and go to waste. Any input much appreciated.

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Hey all. Quick question, how many hours will small... (show quote)


They won't last long without oxygen, an aerator is the only way to go.

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Jul 21, 2021 20:20:10   #
Whitereb Loc: Lake Guntersville Alabama
 
I bought a baby bubble from Walmart for $5 runs on 2 AA batteries for 24 hours. Several bluegill will use up the oxygen pretty quick it keep 6 decent bluegill alive all night in my live well

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Jul 22, 2021 06:05:02   #
rapala54 Loc: Nappanee,IN.
 
Add some ice to the buck will help some

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Jul 22, 2021 13:07:04   #
Ben Bragg Loc: Dayton Ohio
 
Rutinbuck wrote:
Aerator is definitely the way to go, not terribly expensive, around $25. Use good quality batteries they’ll last all night.


Agree with aerator
A half bag of ice will keep em kicking short term

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Jul 22, 2021 13:30:47   #
Mooseman65 Loc: Seattle
 
All good advice. Need oxygen. You could steal your kids aquarium pump if you have power 😁😁👍

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Jul 22, 2021 14:17:26   #
Chuck56 Loc: Texas
 
Um, no. If you are gonna try to keep the bluegill alive over night, you should use an aerator, unless somebody is gonna somehow keep a fresh supply of water going through your bucket. I don’t see that happening, so, if no aerator, no bluegill. My 2cents...

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Jul 22, 2021 14:29:09   #
JoeT73 Loc: Punta Gorda Florida
 
You can get a battery operated aerator for under $20.00

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Jul 22, 2021 15:14:05   #
nutz4fish Loc: Colchester, CT
 
My municipal water supply is treated with chlorine based stuff that is toxic to bait. I Use frozen well or spring water for cooling bait water. Or the plastic things that you can keep in the freezer are good. Or, seal ice from bucket water somehow. You may not need this for bluegills , I don't know but for shiners it's critical. I catch my bluegills just before I need 'em.

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Jul 22, 2021 15:36:51   #
JoeT73 Loc: Punta Gorda Florida
 
Take some water from where you catch the bait and use the aerator. Your bait will keep well

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Jul 22, 2021 19:23:52   #
Gmckayak Loc: Missouri
 
G juice will kill chlorine from water supply and ammonia from them. It also adds nutrients. The ice in the blue things or frozen water bottles changed out each hour are real important. Little bubbler is a must. It's all about oxygen. Not much oxygen in warm water. Also water can't be poisoned from chlorine and ammonia comes from the fish. Do this and you can keep them for weeks.

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Jul 22, 2021 19:42:21   #
Foodfisher Loc: Chula Vista in so. Cal
 
JoeT73 wrote:
Take some water from where you catch the bait and use the aerator. Your bait will keep well


Agreed

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