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hotdog68
04-15-2011, 09:25 AM
NewB question: When anchored and reef fishing, do you guys leave your live well running while the engines are off?


bluefishjim
04-15-2011, 09:35 AM
I'll run it for awhile, depends on the type of bait fish I have in there, but don't normaly run all day.

Capt. Lyndon
04-15-2011, 09:46 AM
yes, unless you don't want lively bait. It doesn't take long for you're bait to use up all the dissovled o2 in the water.


joemat
04-15-2011, 10:01 AM
Yes ....or it will become a Dead Well

Its a combination of oxygen and water temperature you want to maintain for fresh bait. To maintain both you need the water circulating.

CG_MKC
04-15-2011, 12:09 PM
I catch my bait the day or night before and never turn off the livewell, even overnight while it is sitting in the canal. That is why GOD created dual batteries. I have run my livewell for days and still had enough power to start/run anything else.

dhy4b
04-15-2011, 12:15 PM
On all day - battery switch to 1 when engine off to leave battery 2 sprightly for engine restart.

Capt Lindsay
04-15-2011, 07:51 PM
Bait in live wells need high rates of water exchange for several reasons. First, the bait needs new water that has a full complement of oxygen PLUS the bait needs a current to swim against. Exercise keeps baits lively but oxygen is life-critical.

We went so far as to add a flow alarm that sounds an alarm if the flow rate slows or stops into our live well.

slickster
04-15-2011, 10:28 PM
Get a timer...

dahlbebop
04-15-2011, 10:57 PM
I agree and it is important to keep the water at the temperature they are use to. I sometimes, splash a bucket of fresh water in there for this purpose, also can add a couple peices of ice.:thumbsup: Bait in live wells need high rates of water exchange for several reasons. First, the bait needs new water that has a full complement of oxygen PLUS the bait needs a current to swim against. Exercise keeps baits lively but oxygen is life-critical.

We went so far as to add a flow alarm that sounds an alarm if the flow rate slows or stops into our live well.

hotdog68
04-16-2011, 09:20 AM
Thank you for the responses, this clears it up and makes a-lot of sense too. Your help is greatly appreciated.



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