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I have to admit, when I got my Big Tuna, I had no plans on using the Tuna Tank for anything other than storage. I usually end up chunking some sort of lure or fly all day and rarely use bait. The adventure I was embarking on this time had me working outside of my usual comfort zone and bait was on the agenda.
If you have ever seen a floating minnow bucket, you know it takes a few well placed holes to allow water to flow and let the bait to breathe. In just a few minutes with a drill, I had transformed my Tuna Tank into a mullet playground.
One very nice thing about the Tuna tank is the rounded edges; this allows bait to circulate without hitting the sides and bruising themselves. Even a lifelong lure chucker knows that beat up bait will not catch fish as well as a pristine, lively one.

Within a few minutes of paddling out to my first flat I had a dozen fresh finger mullet in my cast net and quickly loaded them into the tank. That was my biggest learning experience from this trip and I filed away two tidbits for future use; one, cover the scuppers when unloading the net or finger mullet will use them as an escape tunnel and two, always carry a small net to retrieve bait out of the tank.
I wish I could say that I had to quit fishing to load up bait again and again but that would not be true. Truth is that powerful wind and a cold front gave the fish a bad case of lockjaw and some of the best kayak anglers in the southeast were left fishless for several days. It was a bit frustrating to be in the right spot, with the right bait, and still not be able to close the deal.
The Tuna Tank performed just like I hoped though. It held mullet from early morning till last light each day I launched and they were just as fresh and strong at the end of the day as they were at the start. In fact I had a hard time catching them all to be released without pulling the entire tank out to dump. That showed me without a doubt, the Big Tuna is one bait hauling machine.