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How To Keep Bait Shrimp Alive Without Water


How To Keep Bait Shrimp Alive Without Water
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Sometimes it's just too difficult to carry a live bait aerator.  Here's how to keep your shrimp alive without one!
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Find a small ice cooler about 1 foot wide by 2 feet long.  A styrofoam one will do just fine.
  2. Fill the ice cooler half full of crushed ice.
  3. Wet about one section (30 pages) of newspaper with the saltwater from the live shrimp tank.
  4. Place this paper securely one top of the ice.  Make sure no ice is showing.
  5. Place the live shrimp you purchase on the newspaper with no water.
  6. Place the lid on the ice cooler and let the shrimp chill down.
  7. When you need a shrimp for bait, simply take one from the cooler. No water, no mess.


  1. The shrimp appear to go into some type of suspended state because of the cool down.  When you place them on your hook and into he water, they immediately come back to life kicking.
  2. This method will last all day, even in hot weather, as long as the shrimp stay damp and chilled, and as long as they do not come in contact with the icy water below them.
  3. Keep the lid on that ice chest and drain the water frequently as the ice melts.

What You Need

  • Small ice chest
  • newspaper
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