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Old 12-07-2017, 06:46 AM   #1
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Default Portable Live well solution

Loooking for a completely portable live well solution to keep mackeral for live bait when tuna fishing.


Typically we catch all of our live bait the day before the tournament so we need something that will keep them all night.


It would be great to find a solution with both 110 and 12v power options.
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Here's my portable live well. Works great but you need to change the water out or partial change every 4 hours or so. You can use any size ice chest, I used an Igloo Ice Cube. Ran a sealed 12V outlet under the gunwale with a cover.
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Here's my portable live well. Works great but you need to change the water out or partial change every 4 hours or so. You can use any size ice chest, I used an Igloo Ice Cube. Ran a sealed 12V outlet under the gunwale with a cover.
Thanks. I need something that draws fresh sea water in constantly.


This should be a big issues except when we are Underway. Short of putting a new thruhull in, I am now sure how I would pick up the water at planning speeds

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the boat ur building is massive, with plenty of room below deck. Build one in the deck and don't look back. a dozen giant tuna baits will be tough to keep live overnight in a portable tank.
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Thanks. I need something that dread fresh sea water in constantly.


This should be a big issues except when we are Underway. Short of putting a new thruhull in, I am now sure how I would pick up the water at planning speeds
Most use some kind of through hull scoop on bottom of hull or transom (http://thmarine.com/th-marine-produc...pickup-systems). I have also seen live well pickup tubes fabricated out of rigid tubing clipped to the outside of the transom with a forward facing elbow (one had a flared torch head fitting) just below the bottom of the transom that worked effectively (only) at planing speeds.

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the boat ur building is massive, with plenty of room below deck. Build one in the deck and don't look back. a dozen giant tuna baits will be tough to keep live overnight in a portable tank.

i dont want one installed permantly. We need the space for other things. we only fish 4 days a year
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I have used my Graylilne tank for keeping Spanish mackerel alive for king and cobia fishing. Works for bluefish as well. This is a recirculating tank that also filters the water. Super Bait Tank 2 is another option. I also have a tuna tube that will connect to the drain of the tank to draw in only filtered water. This is usually only used same days as caught though. This really charges the baits before you pitch overboard.

Not sure what size bait you are using but general rule of thumb is one gallon per bait for larger ones like we are using.
Bringing raw water into your holding tank will wash off the slime coat. Raising the salinity of your water by adding two cups of water softener salt will help as well. We call these "Pickled Baits" or hardened baits.

For holding baits overnight, aeration and filtration will be key. At the most I would only change 25% of the water on a daily basis.

You folks do a lot of live baiting up your way. Back when they would let us keep a few down here we were getting Giants daily by pulling horse ballyhoo on Islanders. My BIL worked with the Tag A Giant program.

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Old 12-07-2017, 01:14 PM   #8
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Portable is a necessity on my skiff.... I use a 14 gallon round Kodiak tank strapped down on the deck.
https://www.boatdepot.com/p-4129/kod...flow-bait-tank
The pickup goes to a pump on a quick release "glued" to the transom (sternsaver). It is powered by a smallish battery that is in a pelican case. When it is all removed, all you have is the pump mount on the transom. The battery box and pump with hose fit into the bait tank. Big enough to keep some bait alive for a while.
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My buddy cuts off one of those blue food grade plastic barrels and mounts the pick-up pump to the transom. Then theres an exit hose toward the top of the barrel to keep the water level at the same place.
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Plastic 55gal drum, cut a hole in the bottom for the water to be pumped in, a hole at whatever height you want the drain to be at and your set. If your boat has trim tabs you can temporarily mount an intake there.
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