When my hubby and I went fishing in Florida, we needed a way to keep live shrimp fresh for bait for the whole week. His dad let us use this live bait bucket and it was awesome. It was easy to use and easy to transfer back and forth from the dock to the boat.
Size- This buck is big enough to hold about 2 dozen live shrimp without crowding them to death. You can store other live bait in it, but nothing too large. It is light and easy to carry around even with water in it. We had a small, 2-person boat with little storage. This bucket fit very well between my feet and took up very little room.
Accessibility- This bucket has 2 flaps on the top sides that allow you to push them back and reach your hand in. They do no come forward, and they snap back into position when you remove your hand. This is great because I could reach in the bucket with one hand to get bait while holding my rod with the other hand. The bait could not get out because the flap closed as soon as my hand came out.
Freshness of Bait- There are small holes for air and water to circulate through in the top flaps. When you are sitting on the water or storing the bucket between fishing times, you can hang the bucket in the water. We just attached a rope to the handle of the bucket and tied the other end to the boat. When the bucket is in the water it will float on its side. This allows fresh water to circulate to the bait. Our shrimp stayed alive for a week before we used them all up.
Thickness of some areas- The only thing I could see as a possible problem would be the durability of the flap and the latch that hold them shut. They are made of a semi-hard plastic, but I think over time rough usage might crack or wear down the parts. Our bucket was basically new so we had no problems.