Introduction: Kayak Bait Holder
Not having a live bait well on my kayak and not liking the noise aerators make, this is my version of the many more robust versions you can find on the internet made from ABS and PVC plumbing pipe. This is a simple container to put shrimp and small bait fish in and tow beside your kayak. The bottom 1/3rd of the container has no holes in it so when collecting or transporting the bait from you cast net site to your yak they have some water. Some people don't like the drag these bait holders create. A plastic funnel for under a dollar can be slid on the cord to reduce drag. The container can be stood in a bucket of water while paddling out through the surf.
Step 1: Tools and Materials.
Drill, marker, knife, lined or squared paper.
Plastic screw top container (the one shown is from the $ store), paracord or nylon rope, pool noodle, plastic tie wrap.
Step 2: Drilling the Holes.
Cut a piece of paper to fit the inside of the container. Remove, draw a grid on the paper if plain and mark the hole locations on the paper based on you hole (drill) size and grid spacing.
The holes should be in the top 2/3 rds of the container from handle to handle.
Place the paper back inside the container and dot the outside of the container with marker where you want to drill holes. Remove and then drill the holes supporting the inside of the container when drilling. I used a 2"x 4" timber with a piece of pool noodle inside (blue). If your container in not transparent then you can tape to the outside and drill through the paper.
Mark a hole pattern on the lid and drill holes.
Step 3: Handle Float and Cord.
Cut a piece of pool noodle the length of the handle and drill two holes in the container in the handle seam for attaching the noodle. Drill a few additional holes in the handle seam to allow air to escape (but not in the lower 1/3rd of the container).
Insert the tie wrap into the container and out one of the handle holes, pierce it through the foam and then pierce it into the foam again opposite the other handle hole. Feed the end in through the hole and tighten the tie wrap and cut off the tail end.
Tie the end of the cord to the tie wrap inside the container, feed the cord through a hole in the lid closest to the handle when screwed on (unless installing a funnel in which case feed the cord through the hole in the middle of the lid.
Step 4: Project Complete!
Take it down to the water, fill with whatever you catch with your cast net, replace the lid and head out to you favorite fishing hole with the bait container in tow.