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Answer: About 80% of the water flow bait tanks we sell are the “top of the line” Deluxe Models. It is about as gentle a water flow we can create. Don’t confuse volume with a baffled flow. The Deluxe units allow max water flow with the benefit of an in tank baffle system. The Express models are cost savers. No internal baffle unit. Water goes in, turns into a counter clockwise flow from tank bottom, and overflows out the no clog drain on the upper side of the tank. No better or worse than the modern big name boat brand names. Water in … water out. Simple and very economical. The Economy is a … tank only… you do it all… The connection fittings are heavy duty lifetime brass. ( not cross threadable plastic). They are standard garden hose size and can accommodate a world of inexpensive fittings. The molded in lugs are to attach the mounting hardware are a permanent part of all our tanks. Tanks are supplied with an additional illumination ports in two positions on the top lift collar. They double as last drop drain ports when emptying a tank.

I have been told that bait fish should never be placed in a rectangular tank. The fish may swim into the flat side and injure themselves. Is that really true?


The best bait tank that I ever used was a 40 Gallon rectangular canvas cloth bag that hung off my Tollycraft’s rear end. It wasn’t pretty, and I don’t sell them, but it sure worked extremely well and kept baits alive all day. I have a fresh water 60 gallon fish tank in the den at home. It is very rectangular. The little fish seem to have no problems with the tanks flat sides. If a fish started “dead center” in any tank with sides, and then made a “suicide run” from center…. directly out…. wouldn’t our little critter be hitting a “flat” wall regardless of the overall shape of the tank. You decide…

I put bait fish in my water circulating tank and they all died. What could have happened?


Little bait fish and almost everything else alive likes the following. Clean, uncrowded,

oxygenated, tolerable temperature flowing water. Remember in a water in, water out

bait holding tank, you are using the water you are floating in to maintain you fish or

or squid or whatever you use as bait. Park in water next to the dock and you could be in

less than very clean water, with a shallow water elevated temperature. This could kill

your bait. Also avoid over crowding. Less bait but livelier, better bait wins the day.

How many scoops of Anchovy Bait will a tank hold? How many scoops per gallon?


I got no idea. The deck hand on the bait barge probably can eyeball your tank and give

you a fairly accurate estimation. Remember to tip the scoop handler. More is not always

better. Variables include fish size, water temperature, your tanks water flow, etc. etc.

If really pressed for an answer I would go for about 1/2 scoop per 15-20 gallons.

I have never seen a good definition of how big a scoop is. (remember the tip)

Baffle Unit

Deluxe Model Baffle Unit