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Old 06-14-2019, 01:10 PM
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My 96 Hewes Bayfisher 18 has a center raw water livewell and a large recirculating livewell port side aft. I'm in the process of rewiring the boat and I haven't splashed it yet. I'm having a hard time seeing the point in a non-raw water recirculating live well. The boat is limited on storage as it is, so I'm thinking of blocking off the plumbing and removing the recirc live well pump. Can anyone give me a reason for keeping it as a recirc live well?

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Old 06-14-2019, 01:23 PM
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Popular for a lot of fresh water baits. Blueback herring used in freshwater striper fishing in particular.
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Just brackish & salt on my part. Shrimp, greenies and the like wouldn't last long I fear.

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My 96 Hewes Bayfisher 18 has a center raw water livewell and a large recirculating livewell port side aft. I'm in the process of rewiring the boat and I haven't splashed it yet. I'm having a hard time seeing the point in a non-raw water recirculating live well. The boat is limited on storage as it is, so I'm thinking of blocking off the plumbing and removing the recirc live well pump. Can anyone give me a reason for keeping it as a recirc live well?

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A recirc pump keeps the existing water in the well and runs it through a pump which will add some oxygen. This is needed when you have bad water or really shallow and you want to preserve the good water you have. Also if you trailer the boat you can buy shrimp at the bait shop put them in the recirc well and run the pump which will slow you to keep them alive while you are in the road. No way I’d remove it. You can buy gemlux live well fills that you can close off so you can use the hatch as storage when you don’t want or need the recirc.

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Ok, that makes sense, thanks. Guess I'll go ahead and wire in and refurbish that recirc well.

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I have an air injector on my recirc pump that injects air in micro bubbles into the water. It helps a lot.
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