livewell question

Discussion in 'Livewell and Bait Tank Review' started by mark29860, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. mark29860

    mark29860 New Member

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    hello folks, I have an aluminum boat with a 12 gallon livewell. I would like to know it it can serve the purpose as a bait tank. I have heard bait tanks need to be round or the shad and herring will die also fishing in SC in the summer I don't know if I could keep my bait alive in the heat even if i keep ice in the livewell, appreciate the info
     
  2. rivercatsc

    rivercatsc New Member

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    South Caro
    Mark it will work to keep perch and bream alive but shad I would doubt it.
     

  3. BAM

    BAM New Member

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    Tennessee
    The typical livewell in a jon boat doesn't work for a bait tank.
     
  4. 1mickymoo

    1mickymoo New Member

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    If you want to keep shad alive, round the corners, doesn't have to be fancy, and get the water flowing, your best bet is a bilge type pump, make like a whirlpool. You will need a good areator also. I have good luck with shad keeper, alot of guys just use rock salt. If you can keep fresh water coming in readily I wouldn't worry about a filter, but, filters help. For the areator I use a 7 dollar wall mart aquarriam pump and a power inverter, it uses almost no electricity. I have kept shad(4-6 inch) alive for 24 hours in the summer. good luck