Painting Bait Tanks For Livelier Bait, Does It Work?

Painting Bait Tanks

 

Peashooter
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Mar-23-03, 08:28 PM (PDT)
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"Painting the bait tank. What kind of paint?"
 
   Like most of you I am looking forward to fishing the derbys in SMB in April. I've been thinking about painting my bait tank black for a couple of seasons but I have an Aqua Sea plastic tank. The poly plastic is so slick I'm not sure what type of paint will stick for long. Does anybody have any experience, good or bad with the same material. I don't want little black flakes of paint all over the floor of my old whaler evertime it gets wet. Any ideas?

 

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1. "RE: Painting the bait tank. What kind of paint?"
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   Here's a killer idea-don't paint it, leave well enough alone & go fishin.

 



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Peashooter
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Mar-23-03, 09:15 PM (PDT)
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2. "RE: Painting the bait tank. What kind of paint?"
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   Not quite the reply I was looking for but you may be on to something here. Don't fix it if it isn't broken.

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3. "RE: Painting the bait tank. What kind of paint?"
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LAST EDITED ON Mar-23-03 AT 09:22 PM (PDT)
 
Paint won't stick. you can make a sleeve out of black canvass though.
go to convertable top guy and let them make you one with a nylon #####
or velcro and laces. personally I think it's makes no difference, had fiberglass no see through tanks on my last two boats the kodiaks worked as good, if not better without paint. JMO

that was nylon z i p p e r don't know whats up with the #####

 


 

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Mar-23-03, 09:43 PM (PDT)
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5. "RE: Painting the bait tank. What kind of paint?"
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   LAST EDITED ON Mar-23-03 AT 09:45 PM (PDT)
 
He is right there isn't a paint known to man that will stick to polyethylene, which is what plastic bait tanks are made of. And I (almost) agree about "leave well enough alone & just go fishin" A few years ago when I owned Kodiak I made an offer to sell anyone a dark blue tank that wanted one, I never sold a one. I also contacted my "knowledge base" the people at The Monterey Bay Aquarium, they had given me so much info before I made the first Proflow tank. I spoke with the director of life science's at the aquarium (Mr. Mark Ferguson) about the possibility that a dark opaque tank could keep bait alive longer than a white translucent one.
Marks job is keeping fish alive in captivity, and his response was he really didn't see any plus to either color over the other and more important was handling, water flow and agitation of the bait which results in scale loss.

So before you paint your tank, try this simple test. Cut a large brown leaf bag apart and use some tape and wrap the tank with it and go out fishing and see how your bait does. But of course for this test to be meaningful you will need to have another tank on the boat with the same bait in it that is not covered so you can compare.

This is where I come in, need a tank?

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Peashooter
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Mar-24-03, 06:40 AM (PDT)
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6. "RE: Painting the bait tank. What kind of paint?"
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   Thanks Larry,
Alot of good information there. Thanks but I do have an extra tank I could use for the test. You hear so many people talking about painting their tanks these days. My guess from experience is that good bait will live in a good tank no matter what the color. I may give the canvas sleeve a try. I know someone who can make me one. This way if I don't like it, off she comes.

Thanks.

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4. "RE: Painting the bait tank. What kind of paint?"
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I had a poly tank, and I sanded mine to make it little rough, then took spray paint to it (few coats). Never came off.

Good luck..

 


 

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7. "RE: Painting the bait tank. What kind of paint?"
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Don't paint it!
Nightmare on Elm St.!!!!!
Here is a vinyl cover I made. Please excuse the fish.
http://www.momentoffame.com/snapshot.html?id=29445
The difference is Day & Night!
Jersey Bro.
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8. "RE: Painting the bait tank. What kind of paint?"
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Peashooter,
Hope this info will help you out...

Paul and I had an aluminum tank on a Bayrnner Baja and the bait
always arrived in excellent condition, never lost any scales and
milled nicely.
Our new boat is a Cortez 22 and has two Pacific Edge polypropylene
tanks and the bait used to constantly beat itself up against the sides
and rolled easily.
We came to the hypothesis that the bait did not see the translucent plastic as a barrier. We also watch to much TV and saw a program on
Discovery that revealed that many fish could see the ultraviolet light spectrum and this is how open water species navigate the worlds oceans without a compass.
If the UV light comes through the tank walls then they would not see
that as a barrier.
We applied a coat of paint to our two tanks and have had great bait
every time, another suggestion that really helps extend the life of the bait is to attach a tight lid and over fill the tank to the point that NO air remains inside while you travel. This helps to stop
the water from sloshing around ( Thanks Hardcore for that idea).
The polypropylene does not hold the paint so we tried sanding the tanks first, just know that you will have to repaint about every six months to a year to keep it looking new and as far as what paint to use don't know what the right stuff is yet.

Good luck!
Malia and Paul
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Peashooter
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Mar-24-03, 08:13 PM (PDT)
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9. "RE: Painting the bait tank. What kind of paint?"
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   Lots of great info. It seems the majority vote is to keep out the light. I think I'll give the tank a cover of some sort. Paint seems a bit of a problem. Thanks to all. See you on the water.

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Dreamboat
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Mar-24-03, 08:19 PM (PDT)
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10. "RE: Painting the bait tank. What kind of paint?"
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   Instead of paint you can use outdoor carpet. I made one for my baittank and it worked out great. If you are interested in the details on how to install the carpet, email me at mpatten@san.rr.com.

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11. "RE: Painting the bait tank. What kind of paint?"
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   I have an Aqua world tank (plastic), in a Boston Whaler.
After I was told repeatedly to paint it black by Larry Derr at the bait dock in MDR, (I figured he should know what he was talking about) I bought a can of high-gloss, brush-on KRYLON outdoor paint and removed the tank for painting. I did a light sanding on the tank and wiped it down good before applying the paint. After 20 mins. of work, I let it dry, and re-installed the tank.
The difference was HUGE. I routinely have good bait left long after the humans on board my Montuak have blood in thier urine...
I give it a touch-up coat every other season or so and never have a problem.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PROCEDURE.

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12. "RE: Painting the bait tank. What kind of paint?"
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   I don't have problems with my poly tank, on all three of my boats there has been poly tanks. What I have noticed that seems to beat up bait has been.

1. Low water level, this causes sloshing, air bubbles in the water and inconsistant water flow.

2. Water volume vs. current, the general rule is 7-10 min fill time which is pretty close however IMO if the tank fills in 7-10 mins yet has too much current in the tank this will tire and kill the bait.

3. Loading of the bait is critical, if it's loaded in large full scoops and lots of scales are falling off the bait it's doomed.

4. Mixing bait, big bait and small bait usually don't do well together.

5. Over loading bait for obvious reasons.

I hope this helps.

 


 

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13. "I will post that, Posters please read"
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   LAST EDITED ON Mar-25-03 AT 09:14 PM (PDT)
 
I am going to copy this entire thread and put it in the technical section on my web site at http://livebaitlarry.com/tech_info.htm this section on my site has some great info. Does anyone have a problem with being posted there? I really liked the responses on this.

Larry

 

 


 

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