Many people have asked about how to keep shrimp alive. It isn’t as easy as it might sound and I have certainly killed my share of shrimp. Over the years, I have worked out a continually improving system that allows me to keep shrimp alive overnight without a problem. I go into this in detail in the podcast episode offered above, but here is the Cliff Notes version:
Keep your crabs and shrimp separate. Never try to keep shrimp with pinfish either
Make sure the shrimp have plenty of oxygen but also a place that they can rest.
Keep the water cool
You can make your own apparatus to create this type of environment or invest in a Frabill Magnum Bait Station . It has everything needed to transport and keep shrimp alive overnight or out on the bridge or pier.
If we have shrimp left over at the end of a day this setup allows us to also save money by keeping these alive through the week. On tournament day, the starter gun goes off before the bait shop opens so we have to be ready to go the night before. Our bait has to be alive and kicking. Dead bait means no fish.
I have gone through many different setups and experienced failure and success before settling on this method. Give it a try and let me know if you are able to keep all your shrimp alive as well. If you liked the podcast, share it with a friend and please consider rating and reviewing it on iTunes.
Let me know if you have any more questions, comments or concerns,
See you on the water,