Can I buy aerators at Anaconda?
Yes, you can. If you are looking for a way to keep you live bait healthy, or want to keep fish for a period of time before releasing them back into the water, an aerator pump may be just what you need. You will need an aerator if you intend to keep the bait alive for long periods of time, such as overnight.
Why would I need to use an aerator?
If you have a large amount of bait, or live fish, in an enclosed space such as a bait bucket or a fish tank or holding container, there is a risk of them using up the oxygen in the water more quickly than you might expect. This can depend on factors such as the size of the tank, the weather, the temperature of the water, etc. An aerator will add oxygen to the water allowing you to keep your bait or fish alive and healthy for longer.
The major considerations in aeration are:
1. The gentleness and direction of water flow.
2. The size and number of the air bubbles.
3. The temperature of the water.
What else do I need to know about using aerators?
Delicate bait such as shad, greenbacks and croakers that will swim in schools will not survive a day of fishing unless the water flow in the bucket or container (ideally round or oval in shape) is soft and gentle. Turbulent water will damage the bait and force them to work against the current. Ideal water flow within the bucket should be approximately 1 to 2 MPH and in a circular motion. This will allow fish to school and provide a smooth flow of water over and through their gills. If the water flow is excessive, bait will tire quickly and will not be lively. Keep water flow as low as possible, with fish swimming in a stationary position within the tank
Species that do not school do not need a circular or oval container. Keep the water flow to a minimum for fish such as bass, redfish, crappie, bream, and walleye. For shrimp, it is important to provide material in the container so they can cling to something and are not swirling about the container, which may cause them to become damaged.
Portable battery driven aerators are light and compact and therefore ideal to have with you as part of your fishing supplies, and will ensure that your fishing adventure does not end earlier than expected because your bait have died.