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PostPosted: 26 Feb 2011, 01:30 

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I have been doing some reading on livewells and considering the possibility of one. Couple of questions that I have come up with:
1) How big of a container do I need?
2) Is pumping water in from the outside essential?

I was thinking about using a rubber tub that I have and pumping water in from the outside.

Any input would be greatly appreciated, Thanks


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 Post subject: livewell
PostPosted: 26 Feb 2011, 02:26 

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I used a rubbermaid tub once. The tub cracked in all the corners within a few months.
Cabela's has some decent livewells that won't crack or you can use an ice chest.
If you want to keep fish alive in the summer you will need aeration but you really don't have to recirculate water from the lake into the well. You may need to add ice if its real hot.


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PostPosted: 26 Feb 2011, 22:25 
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You will want some way to change out the water even if you add ice and a chemical product to the water to keep it cool. Having said that you can use a gallon jug to change out the water if you want. It is just that much extra work.


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PostPosted: 28 Feb 2011, 22:06 

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I was considering using a recycling container such as this one:

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 Post subject: livewell
PostPosted: 28 Feb 2011, 22:10 
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Use a 120 qt cooler (or similar). It will be insulated.

You can use a bilge style aerator that sits in the cooler to aerate, and you can drop it in the lake (with the hose still in the cooler :wink:) to fill it up/change out the water

Frozen water bottles in the summer will do a good job at keep the water temp down in the summer.



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 Post subject: livewell
PostPosted: 28 Feb 2011, 22:19 

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I was considering that, they are just quite expensive to cut up is all. Maybe I will wait til I find an older used one at a yard sale this spring/summer. I was thinking about running the system so it pumped in water from the outside.


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PostPosted: 28 Feb 2011, 22:24 
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I didn't realize you were going to cut it up.

To answer one of your original questions....

It's not essential to be able to pump water from the outside in, but it makes filling the livewell that much easier. Of course it's at the price of buying the through hole fitting, putting a hole in the boat, tubing, 3M 5200 sealant, extra pump etc.... Unless you do what I previously said and simply use the same pump to recirculate as you do to fill.

I decidided I just wanted to flick a switch and not hassle with it while fishing.



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 Post subject: livewell
PostPosted: 28 Feb 2011, 22:29 

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I like the idea of just being able to flip a switch and not worry about it. How exactly did you say you did that? Apologies if the questions seem simple I'm new to all this and just trying to take it all in.


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 Post subject: livewell
PostPosted: 28 Feb 2011, 22:33 
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Brine wrote:
Use a 120 qt cooler (or similar). It will be insulated.

You can use a bilge style aerator that sits in the cooler to aerate, and you can drop it in the lake (with the hose still in the cooler :wink:) to fill it up/change out the water

Frozen water bottles in the summer will do a good job at keep the water temp down in the summer.


I think this is what I'm going to do. I'm not going to need a livewell often enough for anything permanent. I'm just going to get a nice insulator cooler and one of those Cabela's kits. The link is below.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Super-Fi ... l+Products

ps: anyone have any experience with these?



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PostPosted: 28 Feb 2011, 22:39 
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That will be a good, easy, and inexpensive option. They have good reviews here and in general.



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 Post subject: livewell
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2011, 08:23 
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FishyItch wrote:
Brine wrote:
Use a 120 qt cooler (or similar). It will be insulated.

You can use a bilge style aerator that sits in the cooler to aerate, and you can drop it in the lake (with the hose still in the cooler :wink:) to fill it up/change out the water

Frozen water bottles in the summer will do a good job at keep the water temp down in the summer.


I think this is what I'm going to do. I'm not going to need a livewell often enough for anything permanent. I'm just going to get a nice insulator cooler and one of those Cabela's kits. The link is below.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Super-Fi ... l+Products

ps: anyone have any experience with these?


That is what I used on my old boat and had no complaints. I rigged an overflow hose going out a thru-hull fitting and allowing it to drain over the gunnels. When I wanted fresh water or to fill the livewell I just threw the pump overboard. Just be sure to use a nice size overflow drain because those pumps are pretty quick and could overflow faster than the drain if not watched lol.


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 Post subject: livewell
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2011, 11:02 
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Pumping water from the outside is no essential. I fill mine with the garden house before I leave the house. I add a treatment solution that neutralizes the chlorine, among other things. I also carry a collapsable vinyl bucket on longer trips that I use to fill the tank.



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 Post subject: livewell
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2011, 11:10 
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FishyItch wrote:
Brine wrote:
Use a 120 qt cooler (or similar). It will be insulated.

You can use a bilge style aerator that sits in the cooler to aerate, and you can drop it in the lake (with the hose still in the cooler :wink:) to fill it up/change out the water

Frozen water bottles in the summer will do a good job at keep the water temp down in the summer.


I think this is what I'm going to do. I'm not going to need a livewell often enough for anything permanent. I'm just going to get a nice insulator cooler and one of those Cabela's kits. The link is below.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Super-Fi ... l+Products

ps: anyone have any experience with these?


I currently use that kit in an Igloo cooler. Keeps your catch lively. The temporary livewell works perfectly for my intended use (occassional bass tourneys and keeping crappies for table fare).


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 Post subject: livewell
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2011, 15:28 
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I know this is a dumb question, but I was wondering how you remove your fish from the livewell. Do you use some sort of net to transfer them into a bag. I am just curious what your procedures are for removal and weigh ins. I am thinking about rigging up a cooler livewell as well to try to fish my first tournament this season. I am just worried I am going to hurt the fish, so I want t learn some good practices before I go out this year.

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 Post subject: livewell
PostPosted: 01 Mar 2011, 16:28 
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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, 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?



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