Fishing Live Bait Pen 4′ x 2′ x 2′

4.71 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)

$215.00

1/4″ mesh net, Extra-Tough High Density Polyethylene, UV resistant, no metal parts to rust or corrode, solvent welded frame, collapses to 8″ tall, cover is hinged with an elastic, ball ended, lanyard for quick access.

SKU: BP48x24x24 Category:

Description

4x2 bait pen posed

  • Main Post Cylindrical, Bait Won’t Hurt Themselves Swimming Into a Corner
  • All Plastic, No Corroding Parts
  • 1/4″ Netting is High Density Polyethylene, UV Resistant, Semi Rigid and Extremely Durable
  • Frame is Solid (not flexible conduit) 1/2″ PVC Pipe and Fixtures All Solvent Welded
  • Lid Opens on a PVC Hinge
  • Elastic Lanyard Keeps Cover Securely Closed
  • Collapses to 8″ High for Easy Storage
Keep your live bait fish healthier and alive much longer in this durable, easy to use bait pen.

Cylindrical Design

No Cornering

4x2 bait pen collapsed
The cylindrical design of this bait basket will prolong the life of any bait fish that likes to swim because there are no corners or even vertical supports for them to swim into (commonly called cornering) and hurt themselves. This includes menhaden, herring, sardines, mullet, silver jennies and many others. As they swim around they will contact no obstacles but the smooth 1/4 inch mesh screen.

All UV Resistant Plastic

No Metal, No Corrosion

The bait pen is made completely of plastic with no metal parts to rust or corrode in the water especially salt water which is where I use mine. The basket offered here is brand new, has never been in the water. The frame is solid (not flexible conduit) PVC pipe and fixtures all solvent welded. The net is a special high density polyethylene, UV resistant, semi rigid and extremely durable 1/4 inch mesh. Sturdy enough for long years of use and fine enough to use for shrimp if that’s what you need to pen. All net and ties are of UV resistant plastic for many years of use in direct sun.
4x2 bait pen opened

Spacious 107 Gallons

Yet it Collapses to 8″ Tall

Fully opened the bait pen measures 48 inches tall by 24 inches wide by 24 inches deep (about 107 gallons) but by removing the 2 center rods (store them in the collapsed bait pen) the bait pen will collapse to just 8 inches high (including handle) by 48 inches by 24 inches for storage. I wrap the dock line (10 feet included) around the collapsed bait basket to keep it secured in the collapsed state. It is quickly returned to full height by inserting the 2 center rods into the top and bottom fixtures in the center of the basket.

Lid is PVC Frame and Hinge

Wide Opening, Secure Seal

The lid opens on a PVC frame and hinge to reveal one half of the entire top of the bait pen. An elastic lanyard is stretched over the handle to keep the lid firmly closed but is easily grabbed by the plastic ball on the lanyard for ease of releasing the cover when netting your bait fish.
4x2 bait pen cover closed

High Density Polyethylene Netting

Rugged, Durable, Long Lasting

A foam column is attached on the top, to keep the basket afloat when in the water. It is attached inside the basket to keep it from catching and tearing on dock pilings, boat motors, rocks or anything sharp it may come into contact with. The polyethylene mesh is more than heavy enough to keep from tearing easily on these obstructions. I’ve walked out on my dock in the early morning to see a small alligator sitting on top of my bait basket, tired and hungry but unable to bother my bait fish. I often use it to keep crabs alive until I get a chance to cook them. They try but they are unable to cut there way out, therfore your bait is save from crabs trying to get in.

See the new Instructional Video

The video shows the 2′ X 2′ fishing live bait pen and how it expands for use and collapses for storage. You also get a good idea of the toughness of the netting and simplicity of it’s construction. The 4′ X 2′ fishing live bait pen works in the same way except it has 2 uprights on either side of the door instead of the single, centrally located, upright shown in the 2′ X 2′ pen video.
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7 reviews for Fishing Live Bait Pen 4′ x 2′ x 2′

  1. 5 out of 5

    I use this bait pen at my marina dock in Gloucester, MA and it performs as advertised.. I have the 4x2x2 oval pen, and have been able to hold mackerel I’ve caught for a few days, which is what I hoped for when I made the purchase. I don’t keep it in the water all the time, so I’ have not had any issues with algae growth. Fishing for bait a day or two ahead, or keeping spare bait from one outing to the next, saves time when it’s going for the stripers, etc.

    [Owner since 8/2016]

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    love it. keep the shrimps alive in the tx summer heat

    [Owner since 6/2017]

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I love this product, works very well at my dock…

    [Owner since 1/2017]

  4. 5 out of 5

    This is a great product and It worked very well. I would absolutely purchase another one. I use it for a week at a time in the Keys. I like that it folds up and takes very little room to store. A couple of issues.
    1 The mess is very sharp it’s easily to cover your hands with gloves, but your arms get torn up when your reach inside.
    2 I use it in the Keys, the barracudas tear the mess up trying to get at the bait. Last year I had to use 500 wire ties to fix the damage they did

    [Owner since 3/2014]

  5. 5 out of 5

    great product, I have kept bait alive for months. It does need to be taken out and cleaned with pressure washer at the end of season.

    [Owner since 3/2014]

  6. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    Always travel with and very happy with it. Will probably by a bigger one soon

    [Owner since 10/2015]

  7. 3 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    I am happy with the bait baskets in general This is my second one. Some issues I have which if fixed would make it better .

    – the mesh is too small. My first one when left in the water become very fouled and could not be cleaned. It was so bad I had to throw it out. I will have to take the new one out more often and clean it. Bit of a pain for sure.

    – the cut edges of the mesh are VERY sharp I have cut my hand on them many times. I am very careful now

    Carmen

    [Owner since 5/2015]

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Joe McColl
6 months 9 days ago

I live in Florida and Cormorants will tear up cheaper mesh bait pens. Will your bait pens keep Cormorants from chewing a hole in the pen?

Support
6 months 9 days ago

I live in FL as well. I’ve never had, nor heard of, a cormorant getting into one of my pens. It takes a knife sharp edge to cut the netting. I don’t think a cormorant could do it.

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Kirk Fay
7 months 29 days ago

How many adult bunker can be placed in the 4x2x2 pen, 8-12 “

Support
7 months 29 days ago

Bunker is a menhaden. They need a lot of oxygen. If your pen is in moving water, giving the bunker good circulation of oxygenated water, you should be able to keep about 3 or 4 dozen in the 4x2x2 pen. I’m estimating, I personally never tried to keep bait that large.

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Richard A Miller
11 months 4 days ago

I am looking for a fish pen that will hold 50 to 100 slab size blue gill or red ear. 2×2 or 4x2x2?

Support
11 months 4 days ago

Definitely the 4x2x2. Even then 100 is a lot of fish that size. If you had moving water it would be better, even with the open mesh the oxygen level will fall off inside the pen with still water.

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Phil
11 months 10 days ago

I fish tuna in the summer months. I leave the dock and go directly to the kelp beds along SoCal coastline. I catch mackerel 6-10 inches typically 8-10 on sabiki rigs, (small hook and feathers)these will last me a day of fishing. I would like to keep unused mackerel in your pens for several days until I go out again. Does this sound doable? Also we have several sea lions in the area of my dock, what’s your bet they will seek out the bait and ruin the net?

Support
11 months 10 days ago

I do not have personal experience with either mackerel nor sea lions. I know I have sold pens to people that intended to keep mackerel but have never heard the results. I have read that they are quite hardy in captivity. And, I have been told that sea lions will go after your bait and that my pens will not keep them out and I believe that is probably true. I think you need a very sturdy metal cage.

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Doug Mineo
5 years 4 months ago

looking to buy the bigger pen for scup and bluefish. we use the scup for striped bass and the blues for sharks.. only would be keeping six or seven 16″ blues in the pen. when using it for blues. do you think it is strong enough to hold the blues? pretty tough fish.. also, if I call in my order this morning could I get it by thursday evening?

Support
5 years 4 months ago

It will hold blues.

Place your order online, any time today, and I’ll have it in the hands of FedEx by Wednesday evening. Depending on where in the USA you’re located you’ll have it 1-5 business days later.

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Capt.Dill
6 years 5 months ago

Tim,
Looks like a great product. I have a 21ft. Maverick Master Angler, which has 90 gallons worth of livewell space. I am interested in your 107 Gallon model. How long do you think it will hold 400 Pilchards if stored in good cool tidal flow?

Thanks, Capt. Jason

Support
6 years 5 months ago

Hi Capt. Jason,
Wow, 400 is a lot of bait. Over the years it has become apparent that if you leave your bait pen in the water for at least 3-5 days prior to putting your bait in the bait will last longer. Part of the diet of Pilchards or sardines is algae so I assume by leaving the pen in the water a few days lets algae get started on the screen which then provides food for the bait.

My neighbor leaves hers in the water all the time taking it out a few times a year to power wash it. I went to pull it up the other day and there was so much algae I couldn’t lift it because the water was extremely slow to drain. She keeps pinfish for weeks and menhaden for up to 2 weeks. Menhaden are not hardy in captivity.

But 400 is a lot of fish. With a nice cool current I’d bet on a week. but I’ve never tried it so I can’t be sure.

Since I don’t know where you’re from how big are the pilchards you get? I’m figuring 3-4 inches?