Frabill Personal Bait Station, 8-Quart, White/Yellow
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- 1404-Min-O-Life Personal Bait Station / 8 Quart / with 1423 Aerator
- Aerated Live Bait Container with Durable Insulation to Keep Minnows Cool and Aerated
- Includes Lift-Out Net Liner
- Includes a Frabill 1423 Aerator
- Lid Latch to Prevent Spills During Travel
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The Frabill 1404 Min-O-Life Personal Bait Station includes a Frabill 1423 Aerator, with Whisper Quiet operation that includes aerator hose and stone (runs on 2-D size batteries) and will clip to any bucket, and Lift-out Net Liner. The durable insulation keeps minnows cool and aerated with an 8 quart capacity.
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I've used bait buckets with aerators for years and on more than one occasion the bucket has tipped over on route to the old fishing hole. Yes I normally tie the bucket in such fashion that should eliminate tipping, but that doesn't always work. Even if the bucket doesn't tip, it at times sloshes enough water out to make life in the minnow school pretty hazardous.
This case is insulated, sealed and aerated so our minnows keep cool, oxygenated and never run low on water.
Years ago a case like this wasn't necessary because fishermen would drop the minnow buckets into the lake for fresh water and oxygen, but that practice is no longer legal in most states.
I'm in central Wisconsin and a couple of dozen Red Roseys cost nearly $10. Being able to keep them alive rather than to throw them out after each trip makes this Bait Station well worth the price.
Aside from the small size (which is really an oversight on my part), I like this item. The aerator works great and new batteries typically last me a full fishing day/night and maybe a few hours on the next trip. I would say to find some rechargeable batteries to keep down your operating cost for the long-term. If you are only going to use it an hour or 2 here and there, regular batteries may be fine.
The container feels pretty durable but it is not insulated (nor is it advertised as such) but I did want to mention that for folks who fish in warm conditions. It comes with a built-in fish net that I though would be great; however, I find it relatively useless and the containers is so shallow to begin with; so getting a minnow out is pretty simple.
It is not totally water proof; so do not put it inside your vehicle or in the bed of a truck next to items you don't want to get wet. It decently holds the water, but again, not waterproof by any means.
The aerator puts out a ton of bubble that just overflow when you open the top of the container; so, the minnows get a lot of oxygen. I have had minnows last almost 2 days and I was able to take the remainder home and put them in my aquarium. My batteries went dead one night and within about 30 minutes, all of my minnows were graveyard dead. Still put them on the hook and caught some decent bull head catfish and perch. But now I carry spare batteries for this in a waterproof bag in such cases. Although the little minnow have stayed alive quite a while in this thing, it does get quite funky. After emptying out everything, I suggest rinsing it out and them leaving it open in the sun to air out...this gets rid of the stench pretty quickly. We tried just washing it out and letting it air dry in our garage...we the funk was worse the next time we used it. The sun drying does the trick though!!!
Aside from the small size, my main complaint with this is that while the aerator clips on the the side of the container, it is relatively a crap design. I did not initially care so much about this flaw because there was a little plastic piece that the tag was on and it went around the clip and through the thing the clip attaches to. This held the clip on pretty good...at first. Then one day the plastic thing broke and I almost dropped my aerator in the water. I have since put a plastic tie on it while I look for something more durable and preferably made of aluminum or stainless steel so it won't rust.
The other things I would like to mention is that the latch works well.It is not super durable; however because you will not have a ton of water or bait in it, I feel as though it is sufficient for its task. Also, the aerator hose goes from the top of the aerator through the side of the container and is sealed to help prevent leaking.
All in all, I like this bait container and it is perfectly fine if I only need to hold a few small minnows. I will definitely have to purchase something larger as I run out of bait quite quickly when the bite is on. I would recommend it but advise that it is what it is!!!