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minnow life span?

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About how long will a dozen minnows last in a non aerated cooler? It takes me about 45 min to get from where I get them to where I fish. I can buy them where I'm fishing but for 5$ a dozen I'd rather catch them in the river close to my house. Why don't I fish the river near my house you may ask; it's fished heavily as it runs through town and no big fish.

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depending upon the size of the cooler, and the size of the minnows.  It is a rather inexpensive undertaking to add aeration to your bucket, and would probably give the best results for keeping your bait frisky.  It also dosent hurt to add a bit of ice to the bucket as well.  Fish being cold blooded use less oxygen in cooler conditions, and also cooler water holds more oxygen that warm.

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If you leave them in a plastic bag and blow the bag up with oxygen..put them in your cooler or baitwell/livewell..they will last 8 hours.

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Thanks guys. I just orderd an aerator from Cabelas. It's a small one but I have a 10 gallon Igloo Industrial water cooler I'm going to convert into a livewell for home. Hopefully I will be able to keep the minnows alive for about a week by adding ice until I'm ready to go fishing then put them into the smaller aerator. You think this will work?

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