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Old 02-06-2016, 02:51 AM
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Hooker Electric has a high output variable speed bait pump and i wanted to know if anyone has used it personally or has any information on reliability and life expectancy. I recently purchased one and would like some input on this from anyone with experience. It is a costly upgrade and any advice is welcomed. Thanks.
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Old 03-03-2016, 06:44 AM
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Lifeontheline, I am looking at buying one, how do you like it so far?
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Old 03-03-2016, 04:10 PM
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Lifeontheline, I am looking at buying one, how do you like it so far?
So far i love it! It hasnt given me any issues to speak of and i run her pretty hard. We blacked two 60 gallon live wells out with goggle eyes last night without a hiccup. The variable speed is great for running multiple wells and allows you to really blast water when you need it. Installation was easy for me. I have it running on one Deep Cycle battery along with the rest of my electronics and i can keep it on all night. Power consumption depends on the speed of the pump so if you are trying to get 4500 gph on the norm i would get two batteries in parallel. Ill post some pics of my install in case you were curious. Hooker has been really good with communication and has answered all my questions. So i say go for it.
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Yes, it would be great to see pics. Am curious what sized thru hull you use, what switch you use to control the speed and what plumbing connects the pump to the livewell. I am considering this pump for supplying an on deck fixture that will connect to either a portable livewell or tuna tubes (at different times), so I am focused on getting maximum throughput through that plumbing and not losing flow. Thanks for your insights!
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Old 03-05-2016, 09:45 AM
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Originally Posted by gimmeeshelter View Post
Yes, it would be great to see pics. Am curious what sized thru hull you use, what switch you use to control the speed and what plumbing connects the pump to the livewell. I am considering this pump for supplying an on deck fixture that will connect to either a portable livewell or tuna tubes (at different times), so I am focused on getting maximum throughput through that plumbing and not losing flow. Thanks for your insights!
will post pictures today.
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Old 03-05-2016, 01:58 PM
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There were too many pictures so i made a video. Pardon the production value... i asked the Coen Brothers but they turned me down... click link below

https://www.facebook.com/matthewbrad...3930034420775/

added some pictures too.
2" through hull/2" ball valve/Hooker Pump

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Thanks Matthew, video was great!
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Old 03-18-2016, 02:42 PM
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am I right..the price is $750?
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:20 AM
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am I right..the price is $750?
850 for the pump plus the solenoid, 30 amp breaker, and wiring brings it close to 1000 and that is not including the 2" thru hull and valve. The other option for me was to add a sea chest and after all the installation i figured it came close to the same price if not more so i went ahead with this setup.
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Old 11-03-2018, 12:31 PM
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It looks as if this pump now has a 1 1/2" female mounting design.
How do you mount this in conjunction with a shutoff ball valve? All the ball valves I can find are female as well.

I sent Hooker a message asking for more guidance but figured I'd ask here also.
https://hookerelectric.com/product/hooker-electric-bait-pump-4500/
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Old 11-06-2018, 12:44 PM
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Great pumps, all the others look like cheap toys next to them. Variable speed is an amazing feature. Have not had any issues with the pair that on a boat that is used to feed four wells.
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I have two on my Freeman 37VH to supply each of the round 70 gallon floor livewells. The large round livewells supplied by the Hooker variable speed pumps lets me control the water level up to completely full when running so that my menhaden or bluefish last all day or more. I even kept bluefish live on the trailer using oxygen instead of the Hookers while trailering for 4 hours. Love the Hooker Pumps and feel like they are well worth the dollars and feel they will last much longer than the Bait Sentry pumps.
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To keep from having that water rotation in your two blue livewels, why wouldn't you make the jets straight in or straight down?
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Hi, i have installed their 4500 gph pump, solenoid and their manifold in my previous boat for 2 livewells (4 or 5 years ago) It worked very good and still working flawless according to the new owner. I have now 2500 gph pump with the same setup as before on my new boat( a year ago) again for 2 baitwells. The bronze intake is not 2” as before but 1 1/2” now. It is also very good and I using it to keep squid or mackerel alive all night long.

My boat is in Turkish mediatrenean sea and I am very far away from it at the moment so no picture of the installation. If I have the opportunity I will send them.

You need to decide the size depending on your usage, size of the baitwell(s) etc. I would buy another one if I have a new boat without any hesitation again.

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some people put two of these in a sea chest and run their washdown with it too.
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am considering these since i recently used them on another boat and love the convenience of the variable dial.....had long talk with sea chest manufacturer in Miami and he kinda talked me out of them due to cost, quality, and they may not do what i want, which is for me to stay out of the bilge valves when running to make adjustments. A Rule pump is $120 with only 15A of draw.
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cost, quality, and they may not do what i want
Quality? I've never seen a post that one has failed. Someone said they had bad quality?
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he basically said they do fail on occasion....i guess since he builds/uses hundreds of them. $850-$1000 vs $120
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We just installed one of their 2500 pumps on our new build. We hope they are worth the money!
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