Mel's Striper Guide Service Striped Bass Fishing On Norris Lake

The lid is engraved with a striped bass logo, and to some degree can be customized. Obviously this doesn't make it work any better but it does look really good.

The huge filter along with a pre-filter screen is contained in box that can be removed as individual pieces for cleaning or as a single unit seen here. At almost 350 sq. inches of surface area it boasts what I believe to be the largest in the industry.

The large lid is securely attached and permits access to the entire bait compartment with the easy open latch.

The filter compartment contains some of the most important features of the tank. Designed as small as possible to allow more room in the bait holding section yet large enough for easy service. The pump can be replaced without tools in less than 3 minutes even with bait in the tank. The small yellow cap is used to connect a section of water hose for easy draining using the same pump.

The unique shape allows many placement options.

The center drain and low profile diffuser combine to efficiently move waste to the large filter. The plumbing remains recessed leaving the bottom flat, except for the small round cover that is slightly raised  to prevent clogging by larger debris.

The surface agitation that you see here is created by the abundance of air being drawn into the mixing chamber and discharged into the tank. This system pulls 13 cubic feet of air from outside the tank and mixes it with the water each hour.

3 to 5 times more than most systems.

As a fishing guide I realized long ago the importance of a good quality bait system. I also realized that what I was using wasn't adequately meeting my ever demanding needs. So I set out to design and build a custom tank that would. Having been a hobby aquarist since I was a kid, building small scale filters, fish ponds, and learning how to keep fish alive, this played right into my wheelhouse. I built my first one in 2004 with much success, but it of course had a few glitches. The next year I built another using the lessons learned from the first one, and I am still using it today. A few years go by, and I see the need for an additional boat to catch my bait, and also the task to build another tank to go in it. This time I saw that some of my friends were having some of the same complaints that I had before I built mine but quite honestly, I had almost forgot about. So I went to work with a new mission in mind, to design, build, and possibly market a professionally constructed bait system at an affordable price. Well that's a little of the background of my tank, so I'll try to sum up a story that has taken several years to unfold. I rigorously tested the first prototype for almost 3 years before I felt it was ready. Invested a good deal of time and money in tooling and learning efficient and consistent manufacturing techniques. I welcome feedback and will continue to make improvements whenever practical. 

I do and will continue to strive to make a great tank even better.