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PostPosted: 01 Mar 2011, 16:51 
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I like the built in livewells vs the coolers. But I'm used to bigger boats.

One thing to keep in mind....Just because it is a livewell doesn't mean you can't use it for other stuff. If you always clean it out, it can be a nice storage compartment when not being used as a livewell.

I bought mine from Great Lakes Skipper on e-bay. Their e-bay price is cheaper than their site price, once shipping is figured in.
It's approximately 50x12x12

I would cruise e-bay and the like for a livewell tube. It would be alot of work to build one in, only to have to remove it because of cracks.
If there are any around you look at RV salvage places. There is one about 5 minutes from me that has a nice sink that could be used. They want $30 for it.

Yep a sink. But it's BIG, and it's made of some sort of heavy/smooth plastic.


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PostPosted: 02 Mar 2011, 16:59 

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I happen to notice the other day my dad had an old hard plastic tool box laying behind his shed. Any thoughts on possibly using that as livewell? It is pretty big, long and shallow as opposed to tall and deep as a cooler would be which fit in my boat better since the decking is shallow as well so it would be less obstructive.


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PostPosted: 02 Mar 2011, 17:04 
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tadpole86 wrote:
I happen to notice the other day my dad had an old hard plastic tool box laying behind his shed. Any thoughts on possibly using that as livewell? It is pretty big, long and shallow as opposed to tall and deep as a cooler would be which fit in my boat better since the decking is shallow as well so it would be less obstructive.


Post some pics, should be ok! your concern might just be insulation.



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 Post subject: livewell
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2011, 17:08 

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That was my concern, I was considering putting a through hull fitting to constantly pump water in so I was thinking it wouldn't be as big of a deal. I am currently at JMU but will be home on friday for spring break and will post pics then. It was made for a truck bed.

It looks something like this except for for the latches are at two ends except on the front.
http://pic1.bookoo.com/pic1/i/2010/11/2 ... 537e75.jpg


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 Post subject: livewell
PostPosted: 02 Mar 2011, 17:11 
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Ictalurus wrote:
Dave11 wrote:
I know this is a dumb question, but I was wondering how you remove your fish from the livewell.


No, very good question, I would also like to know. The one thing that kept me from adding a built in live well was the removal issue. I understand just keeping a few bass in there for weigh-ins, but what about the pan fish with the nasty spikes and catfish? I went with the cooler method so I could take it out and wash it. I usually/always throw bass back and keep panfish and catfish for dinner. When I get back from the lake, the cooler gets drained on the lawn and I start cleaning when the thumping stops, a quick cleanout with the hose and it's done. So you guys with the built in livewells, how do you get those thorny, spikey fish out of your livewell?



I bass fish 95% of the time, so I use culling balls to put on their lips. When it's time to get them out, I just pick up the ball and then I've got them by the mouth.

As far as the smaller critters, I have a small net - about 10" in diameter - that I just sweep across with from one side to the other (my livewell is 12" wide).. that picks up the majority of them.
For cats, I usually just push them to one end and pick them up by hand if the net is too small for them... or use culling balls through gill to mouth, or I put on a mechanics glove... 9 times out of 10 I just free hand them by grabbing them right behind the head and pick them up.



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PostPosted: 02 Mar 2011, 17:21 
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Dave11 wrote:
I know this is a dumb question, but I was wondering how you remove your fish from the livewell.


No question is a dumb question. Chances are you are not the only one who needs to ask it. :D

Good idea with the mechanics gloves Russ!



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PostPosted: 02 Mar 2011, 18:00 
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Thanks Russ, that makes sense. Good luck this spring.



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