homemade livewells

Discussion in 'Boat Modification Journal' started by FLOAT TRIP WILLIE, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. FLOAT TRIP WILLIE

    FLOAT TRIP WILLIE Active Member

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    Ok guys I need your help. I'm tring to build a livewell for my boat.
    I got half of a 55gal drum that sits behind my drivers seat perfect.
    I wanted to get you guys advice before I start drilling holes and what not

    what kind of pumps should I use? I CPR alot but I need a livewell for tournaments.
     

  2. Koon

    Koon New Member

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    I've looked all over the internet and this website and finally built something that works great for me.

    I'm using a 35 gallon rotomolded tank. I have one hole in the bottom which is plumbed to a valve in the back of the pontoon for draining/recirculate water back to a spray head. Good for filling and adding fresh water to the tank. Then I have a keepalive pump/recirculate pump with an intake at the bottom with a return about 3inches higher for constant circulation and aeration.

    Here is what makes this really work and keep the tank clean. I'm using a 22" round buffer polishing pad in the bottom to block the intake and drain holes so shad won't plug them and it works as an awesome filter to remove shad poop and scales from the water. At the end of the day, just remove it, let it dry in the sun and beat it to get the old material out. The whole bottom of the tank acts as a giant filter.

    With a little shad keeper and non-iodinzed salt, I have no issue with keeping large amounts of shad alive all weekend if needed.
     
  3. FLOAT TRIP WILLIE

    FLOAT TRIP WILLIE Active Member

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    hey frank, that sounds pretty cool. Do you have any pictures. I would like to take a look at that set-up
     
  4. Koon

    Koon New Member

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    Ok, sorry about the delay, here are the pictures of my 35 gallon bait tank setup.

    This setup has 2 recirculated setups. The keepalive adds oxygen and make a gentle current in the tank. The main pump as flow-rite #4 pump setup with can fill the tank, gravity drain and a recirculate back to the upper spray head. I guess the sprayhead adds oxygen also but doesn't do quite as well as the keeplive setup. both systems running I lose almost no shad anymore.
     

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  5. Koon

    Koon New Member

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    rest of the pictures.. if you have any question, feel free to ask.
     

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  6. jeepnsammys

    jeepnsammys New Member

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    sounds like a good idea
     
  7. dbarbosa

    dbarbosa New Member

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    Sounds like some great idea's I am trying to get my 10 posts in so I can look at the pics.

    Darwin.
     
  8. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    LOOKS GOOD CAN IT HOLD BIG FISH ?
     
  9. Koon

    Koon New Member

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    It's mainly a BAIT TANK for shad but have kept sandbass alive untill fillet time. the inside is 21.5 inches in diameter and about 32inch high for the water level. It would hold catfish but I really need a place for the bait, lol.

    I use a 150qt ice chest for a livewell with a simple pump in and overflow port. it doesn't need to be as fancy catfish and sandbass are easy to keep alive compared to shad.
     
  10. denniscobb796

    denniscobb796 New Member

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    good idea on the bait/livewell tank. also thanks for the idea on getting post!!
     
  11. denniscobb796

    denniscobb796 New Member

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    after ten post can i view the photo's????
     
  12. denniscobb796

    denniscobb796 New Member

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    sorry to take up space on your thread...trying to get the magic number ten!!
     
  13. denniscobb796

    denniscobb796 New Member

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    i've heard that with color fishfinders it is possible to tell the difference between scaled and non-scaled fish....is this true. if so is it exclusive to certain brand fishfinders and/or models?
     
  14. denniscobb796

    denniscobb796 New Member

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    I only got to fish twice last week but i have 3 days planned for the coming week. i have sooo much to learn!!!!!
     
  15. denniscobb796

    denniscobb796 New Member

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    I grew up fishing with my dad. He always said that fishermen were some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. The people here are proving him to be true!!!
     
  16. Bigbobdallas

    Bigbobdallas New Member

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  17. Bigbobdallas

    Bigbobdallas New Member

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    Looks like you hit # 10 Dennis