I've got a 35-gallon round livewell that turns the water over quickly, but I can't get threads/greenies/pilchards to last more than 24-36 hours. I know, that should be enough, but for three-day trips away from consistent bait, I need to make it work.
The baits stay frisky for the first 24 hours- no red noses, very few deaths (quickly removed), and clean/clear water. Pinfish and spot tails all last just fine, but I've learned to feed them a little.
Any suggestions? Should I try feeding these guys?
Look into O2. I know the texas guys use O2. the water over there is gets hot and the water does not hold O2 as well.
ALso keep a sharp eye on water temp, just a hair warm can cause the bait to expend energy.
your need to research fish tanks instead of bait. Look at what the seafood transport does. Live lobsters and crabs ect stay alive from transport to sale up to 10 days.