||Core Fishing Tackle Accessories < Creek Bank Bait Spa with accessories and 360 gph Rule Bilge Pump|
IT IS!!! Everyone has been asking for the Bait Spa and we finally have
these in stock!
This is the Creek Bank Bait Spa portable filtration system. This is one of the best ideas that has come around in awhile. Most all live bait striper fishermen have large bait tanks on their boats that they put on after they purchased their boat. Many boats have large livewells that are insulated, but do not have a filtration system. The Bait Spa is the perfect solution to this dilemma . The Creek Bank Bait Spa is a self-contained unit with a pump, filter and aerator. The Bait Spa was designed to be a multi-purpose unit that is small enough to use in a 5 gallon bucket and efficient enough to use in a 55 gallon drum. Use the Bait Spa in just about any container from a cooler to a live well. Use the Bait Spa to keep bait, transfer bait or keep your catch alive. See comments at the bottom of the page from a full time striper guide who uses the Creek Bank Bait Spa.
When I purchased a new 24 foot Center Console boat, I really did
not want to crowd the boat with an extra 50 gallon bait tank and the
boat that I purchased had an internal 40 gallon, insulated live well.
I was going to build a filtration system for this live well and decided
to use the Creek Bank Bait Spa while I was working on the filtration
system. Well, it worked much better than expected, enough so that I
didn't even start my filtration system, I just kept the bait spa.
The Creek Bank Bait Spa will be perfect for those weekend fishermen
who use large barrels, coolers, bass boat live wells, etc and they need
a good aerator and filter system. At $129, its not a bad price when
you consider that it includes a $22.00 Bilge Pump, a Venturi aerator,
filter basket, suction cups, air tube and constructed from robust materials.
the hot summer, I can put about 20 large gizzard shad, 30 medium gizzard
shad and about 60 alewives in my 40 gallon livewell with the Bait Spa.
(These are fresh shad caught in the lake with a cast net, not store-bought,
seasoned bait) With this amount of shad, the Bait Spa does great and I
do not have any red-nosed shad, or loss of scales. I could put 40+ large
gizzard shad in this tank, but not with the 30 smaller shad and alewives.
As with all bait tanks, water temperature is critical in the summer. Buy
a Thermometer and keep your bait
tank water between 65-75 degrees.
- If you catch your own bait, let your bait de-slime and de-scale in a large holding bucket or tank prior to putting the bait into your live well. This will save you some time in cleaning the filter.
-You will need to keep an eye on the filter in the first hour or so after you put bait in your tank. Listen for the Bait Spa to start gurgling, which means that the filter needs cleaning.
-The included filters work great and you can just rinse these out to get the slime and scales off. After several uses, you will want a brand new filter. You can purchase more of Creek Banks sewn-together filters or make your own from Poly-fill sheets that craft stores carry.
-If you have a pretty large tank, say 40-50 gallons, you may want to try a 500gph Bilge Pump in the Bait Spa. The 360gph that it comes with works great, but the 500gph may work better in larger tanks.
-**NEW TIP! If you use your Bait Spa alot, make sure you look at the bubbles that are coming out. If the bubbles are not micro, then you need to add some Shad Keeper. For some reason Shad Keeper will clean out the aerator system and the bubbles will get small again. By small bubbles, i mean it should almost be a fizz coming out of the Aerator.
|Here are the microscopic bubbles
that the patent-pending Creek Bank aerator puts out:
The Bait Spa has suction cups on the bottom to keep the Bait Spa in place and it won't move while the boat is being bounced around. I like placing my Bait Spa near a corner of my 1/2 Moon shaped bait tank.