Striper Bait Tanks & Livewell Systems

The most vital part of the Bait Tank is the filtration and the aeration.

  • The Dannco Venturi System is priceless for bait tank aeration it is by far the best aeration mechanism in the Bait Tank industry.
  • The Keep Alive System is also a good aeration system but the flaw of inherent design leads to untimely pump burnout do to the impeller constantly slicing and dicing the air bubbles

While Fishing for Stripers on Smith Mountain Lake don’t forget about the salt in the bait tank. This will offer several benefits for the bait.

  • A 20% water change every 6 hours is also recommended for healthy lively bait.
  • Salt has to be replenished after all water changes

Be sure the water in the bait tank is within 5 degrees of the water in Smith Mountain Lake. This will prevent the bait fish from shock and save you effort, time, money, and energy catching more bait.
Stripers love Live Bait not half dead and sick bait!

While I am Striper Fishing in the summer months on Smith Mountain Lake the bait tank I am using must be to keep the summer heat from elevating water temperatures and killing my bait.
If it’s not fresh lively and kicking I don’t use it.

If you carry the bait caught on Smith Mountain Lake remember to have oval or round bait tank that filters and circulates the water. Square tanks or boat live wells will force your bait in the corners and they will stress themselves to death. Bait that Dies = No fishing

Filtration is vitally important. These baits can lose their scales, slime coat and practically purge everything else. If these items are not properly filtered out it will inherently kill your bait. Bait that Dies = No fishing

Recommended Striper Bait Tanks (at least 30 Gallons)

  • · Super Bait Tank II
  • · Creek Bait Tanks

Tight Lines and Screaming Reels
Capt’ Travis