Why Pure Oxygen for your livebait? Keeping bait alive with pure oxygen has been around for many years but recently it has exploded into the limelight for all types of baitfish. Everyone is looking for that little edge and each year that edge is harder and harder to find. An extra bite can mean the difference between winning and losing and with tournaments becoming more lucrative each year, people are deciding pure oxygen is definitely worth the cost. This is why you are also begining to see these oxygen systems in bass baots as well. While expensive up front, the system pays for itself over time in the simple fact you do not lose as much bait. You do not have to travel as much to catch bait, you do not have to throw the net as often, and your bait lasts longer on the hook. Improvements in regulators and air stones over the years have made pure oxygen easier to use to keep baitfish alive. The first people to common use pure oxygen for keeping baitfish alive were striper fishermen using it to keep skipjack herring alive for monster stripers. A few others have used it to keep crappie minnows for tournaments, and hatcheries to haul trout. Compared to most species, trout use more oxygen. Now fishermen are using to keep shiners, blueback herring, pogies and other baitifsh. The saltwater fishermen have been slower than most to accept pure oxygen but the few who have witnessed it keep bait over night are grinning from ear to ear and not talking about it. Instead of catching bait at the beginning of a trip and hoping to be the first one to head to the hotspot, they are heading out to the hotspot sometimes one to two hours ahead of everyone else. Two extra hours to fish and you know the rest. All regulators are not the same. Most regulators do not have a fine enough setting and consequently much of the oxygen is wasted. The proper stone is equally as important. The stone should produce ultra fine bubbles. The smaller the bubbles, the more oxygen can be dissolved into the water. Be sure to check the diagram below. Lake Lanier Striper Guide – Capt. Clay Cunningham

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