The Bait Fridge

Appliances such as the trolling motor, depth finder, and bilge pump receive most of the attention from anglers and boaters. However, not everyone appreciates chilled bait next to the celery. And you will only make the mistake of tracking down the announcement from forgotten bait odor in the house refrigerator — once.

When our old refrigerator began to make some strange noises, it was assigned a new set of duties in the garage. Now there is always a healthy supply of bait for whatever might be biting. There is a small tub of leeches for walleye and northern pike, mealworms to tip a jig under a bobber for steelhead, plus night crawlers for bluegill, drum, walleye, bullheads, and well, just about anything else.

Even with all of this bait, there is still plenty of room for chilled beverages and because the freezer still works, chicken liver and cut shad for a future catfish outing peacefully co-exist next to the popsicles.

Not only is the bait fridge “bachelor-friendly,” but it can also be a marriage-friendly appliance as well. I’m just saying.

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Andy Whitcomb

Andy Whitcomb

Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out Dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida, but raised on banks of Oklahoma farm ponds, he now chases pike, smallmouth bass, and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After earning a B.S. in Zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, Iowa State, and Michigan State.