Tournament livewell

Discussion in 'Livewell and Bait Tank Review' started by whiskers9512, May 17, 2007.

  1. whiskers9512

    whiskers9512 New Member

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    I was just wandering what u guys use for a live well in tournys, the one on my 2070 lowe isnt very big. Dont know how well it would work? thanks!
     
  2. catch & release

    catch & release New Member

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    I use a 120 gallon cattle trough. I think Rubbermade also has some good options. Simply hook an aerator to a hose, stick the hose in the lake, and have the other end feeding into the livewell. It feeds into a line that has a valve to control how much is feeding out. Install another hose about 5 inches from the top to drain and you're done. Mine has a cutout piece of plywood for a top. Cheap and simple.

    We have had 5 fish that weigh over 30 pounds each in there at once. Also, I fish some 2 day Tournaments, so they are in there a long time sometimes. Our fish are ALWAYS so lively when we weigh in it is literally embarrassing trying to wrestle them out of there into a wheel barrow. They jerk and thrash so violently it is impossible to get them out with first draining ALL of the water out.
     

  3. TIM HAGAN

    TIM HAGAN New Member

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    some of the guys in my chapter use cattle trough I started using a deep truck tool box and it will handle 3 50lb blues ok
     
  4. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    I just use the one that is built into the boat. It is 67 gal. and long enough for the next world record blue. It would hold hold 3 60 + pounders ok probably. The thing is water displacment then. Not many boats have long live wells. I'm just lucky I guess to have one that has a big one built in.
     
  5. brad kilpatrick

    brad kilpatrick New Member

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    I use a 100 gallon rubbermaid stock tank.
     
  6. blackhorse83

    blackhorse83 New Member

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    Thats it I need a bigger boat! I use a 135 gal cooler, I think the fish are afraid of my livewell.
     
  7. buckeater

    buckeater Member

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    i use a 100 galllon tank that you can get from TSC. it comes with only an 8 or 10 inch lid on it so i cut it out and ordered a 16 in lid and put on it. a 60lbr will fit in there easy with a bunch on others. i use a rule 1100 gph bilge pump to run my aeration system that is hooked up to a toggle switch so i can turn it on and off when i need to. i have about 225 bucks in it and it is lil cheaper than buying a truck box and you dont have to worry about the water splashing out of it.
    if i get time ill try to post a pic of it
     
  8. buckeater

    buckeater Member

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    here are some pics. i made a drain hole at the bottom you can see in one of the pics. i have another cheapo bilge pump i got off ebay for around five bucks that i use to fill it up and drain it with. hope these help.
     

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  9. Bigbluefisherman

    Bigbluefisherman New Member

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    I dont have a livewell...I just through them over the side of the boat in a fish bag...I have got one I could fit in! Big fish seem to stay alive alot better in there own habitat!
     
  10. kimmysan0

    kimmysan0 New Member

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    Whiskers, I use the 120 gal cattle trough myself and I have it in a 2070 cc triton. Another consideration is placement. You want that tank as center as possible. I have had some scary moments when large traffic came by with whitecapping wakes. A little ingenious plumbing and some cut-off valves, you can make a bilge an aerator/recirculator and a pump out. My water intake is from my boats factory livewell. The boats factory livewell was completely useless. I have had 5 fish/190lbs in my homemade livewell during a tourny and had no problems.....except fishing second