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Does anyone keep your minnows in a keeper some how under your permanent house, I seen something year's ago but don't remember,or do you have another ideas i do take bait home but I think I would be better off just under the ice, have a few ideas but any ideas from you would be great thanks

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I saw a keeper at Fleet Farm a few weeks ago.  Didn’t look too close at it but I believe it was made for keeping bait in the hole.  Only thing I would worry about is it freezing in.

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“Bottom bucket for ice fishing” video, look it up. Easy to make but this will show you the concept. Best system ever. Used to be just “bottom bucket” but didn’t come up. 

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I use one and just put a rock that is big enough to sink it to the bottom and tie it off on a rope. Drill a hole and drop it down and leave just a little rope sticking out of the ice. So when i come back the next weekend i drill a hole next to the rope and use a hook to grab the rope and the minnow are all alive.

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That works well to till the Ice gets thick, then it can get harder to do. 

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Its not that bad if you use a gaff. Or at least i have not had to many problems with it and its a great way to not have to buy bait every weekend.

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A broomstick with a coat hanger fastened to stitch out about 6 inches made a good tool to reach the rope too. 

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