Some info from the company about its construction:
The Torpedo Bait Bucket ™ is made of UV stabilized polypropylene, the same popular material used in applications where a tough, sunlight-resistant plastic is required, like automobile trim and portable gasoline containers. We used a light blue sky color to make the bucket as invisible as possible from an underwater viewpoint. After all, a major benefit of kayak fishing is stealth.
The bucket is 21 inches long and 4.5 inches wide, and holds bait and water when in an upright position. When transporting in a vehicle it might be best to hang the bucket from something so it won’t tip over. When in the kayak just tether it to a short lead. It has a floating rope handle. If fishing in hot sun push down on the top to remove air and the bucket will stay submerged to keep the bait cooler.
The entry door opens outward so it is easier get at the bait. The door can be snapped back in its hinge if it becomes dislodged. If you lose it call us and we’ll send you another one.
The Torpedo was significantly lighter than I expected. Being able to have them commercially molded has obviously knocked a lot of the bulk weight out. The molded vents reduce the weight as well. On a postage scale it registered 15 ounces.
Being able to have the Torpedo floating or submerged depending on air temperature is a nice feature. Even better is the design. The aerodynamic (hydrodynamic) design allows it to be pulled through the water with ease. I have fished with a trolling bait bucket (a Flowtroll) and hated it. Usually I ended up putting the Flowtroll bucket in the back well of my kayak, paddling to the next spot and then putting it back in the water. Bait died pretty quickly in the summer heat in the old one. I haven’t been able to test the Torpedo Bait Bucket in the summer yet but with the submersible option and allowing a more natural positioning for the bait to swim I expect longer life.
My bait in the fall/winter lasted all day. I could fit three dozen three inch minnows in the Torpedo and they had enough space to swim when the Torpedo was in the water. If transporting bait inside a vehicle for more than 15 minutes or so I’d probably limit it to two dozen. When the tube stands vertically the water will only fill it about half way.
Lastly, the price point of the bucket was a nice surprise. I’ve paid $20-$30 for bait buckets many times. For a machined, lightweight trolling version I expected to pay $35-$40. Luckily the Torpedo Bait Bucket is listed at $29. I saw recently on Facebook that until Christmas they are running for $25. That’s a pretty good buy.
The Needs Improvement
About the only thing I didn’t like about the Torpedo was the door. It is hinged by a couple of c-style arms that connect to a bar. This design makes the door removable but it also makes it easier to knock free. I think in future models I would prefer to see a door that was not removable and turn those c-style arms into a full on circle. The company does offer a replacement door for free if you lose the door but I still have mine.
Additional colors might be a nice option. Not everyone is fishing blue bird skies and frankly in some water blue might stick out. An olive green offering would be a good addition.
At $29, ease of use for dragging behind a kayak and the lightweight, yet rugged Torpedo body, this is a great option for folks fishing with live bait. From freshwater to salt, this should serve a wide variety of fishermen well and keep your bait investment living longer in several scenarios.