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#1745513 - 06/26/18 10:33 AM Portable livewell
slacktide Offline

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Hey guys,
I have an older boat, livewells weren't an option apparently so I'm looking to either build or buy a portable one.
I know I'm certainly not the first one to have to conquer this problem and web searches return about a million different ways to skin said cat.
I was looking to see if anyone here had to build or buy a portable and what they did or didn't like about said swimming meat pen..
Thanks.
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#1745529 - 06/26/18 01:02 PM Re: Portable livewell [Re: slacktide]
Don P Offline

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Depends on how fancy and finished you want it to be. Can be as small as a5 gallon bucket or as large as a 55 gallon drum depending on needs and size of boat. Can use coolers too, but round is better than rectangular.

You can put an overflow outlet towards the top and an inlet outlet towards the bottom or anywhere.......through a bulge pump on the I let side and either have it suck water in or even have it on the end of a hose and throw the hose with pump overboard to pump water in.

Lots of options for any size boat or budget.
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#1745546 - 06/26/18 03:39 PM Re: Portable livewell [Re: slacktide]
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I was thinking of putting the intake hose into one of the thru-hulls for the floor drain for a pickup tube, probably another hose right over the side. It's an aquasport fisherman (the old 80's cuddy) so I'd think I'd rather go tall than wide, but also probably don't want anything over 25 gallons...there are tons of things to pick from, I'd just like to see if there's advantages/disadvantages to any particular setup. (I looked at the cooler idea too, which could work for one of those square jobs, but like you mentioned, round might be better)
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#1745548 - 06/26/18 03:59 PM Re: Portable livewell [Re: slacktide]
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For round and not too big you can get one of those drink coolers....switch out the bottom spicket with a hose fitting. They usually have a screw top open top so good to keep the splash down. You can even cut out an inner section of the top and put in a clear viewing window in it of plexiglass.

Are you looking to keep bunker and porgy alive in your live well for striper fishing?

The biggest problem with drums are anything smaller than 55 gallons has a pretty narrow diameter. You can cut down a 55 gallon poly drum into a shorty.
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#1745553 - 06/26/18 04:42 PM Re: Portable livewell [Re: slacktide]
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Looking to keep bunker swimming, yes. There are a few low boy oblong ones out there in the 24 gallon range that look like they would support the event, as might a decent sized cooler setup, but again, just haven't seen them in use
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#1745555 - 06/26/18 05:07 PM Re: Portable livewell [Re: slacktide]
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Can it drain onto the deck or must it go over the side ? ?

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#1745560 - 06/26/18 06:26 PM Re: Portable livewell [Re: ecurB]
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Put some thought into how/ where you will drain it at the end of the day. If it is a glass boat wit deck and scuppers a simple drain valve onto the floor will e fine, if the deck leaks into the bildge ya may want a hose to a scupper or something. I have had great luck using plastic quick connect fittings for my portable wells in the past.

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#1745571 - 06/26/18 08:35 PM Re: Portable livewell [Re: slacktide]
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You should find some ideas here. I built my current one using Live Bait Larry tanks and pumps but he passed away and I think the business closed. Let me know if I can help at all B!



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#1745579 - 06/26/18 10:57 PM Re: Portable livewell [Re: slacktide]
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There are some great ideas out there.. I have an old 1970's 20' Proline that I added both a permanent and removable live wells too.
You can take a look at the project here: (1974 Proline overhaul page 6)removable Livewell is near the bottom of page 6.


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#1745677 - 06/27/18 08:21 PM Re: Portable livewell [Re: slacktide]
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Thanks guys! Ill be drawing up plans soon, doesn't look like there's anything pre built in the market that would fit my bill of what I'm looking for.(Also, with age, comes frugality )
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#1745705 - 06/28/18 08:56 AM Re: Portable livewell [Re: slacktide]
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Don't forget about the weight that these tanks can have. Lots of water in a tank makes it heavy also securing it in place so it doesn't hit you or chase you around the deck.

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#1745771 - 06/28/18 04:16 PM Re: Portable livewell [Re: slacktide]
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Thought about that too, That's why I was thinking something under 25 gallons that I can wedge into one of the corners, possibly strap in if need be. Going to tank shop over the weekend and get this ball rolling.
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#1747721 - 07/25/18 01:40 PM Re: Portable livewell [Re: slacktide]
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we use a cooler and livewell pump.

hang pump over side to fill

put in cooler to re-cerculate

hang hose over side to drain after hour and repeat

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#1747724 - 07/25/18 02:39 PM Re: Portable livewell [Re: slacktide]
Don P Offline

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slack tide just some thoughts....if your Aquasport Fisherman looks somilar to this:



...I would recommend Daddy Pickle's cooler and pump method.

Make or have a canvas shop make a quick and easy belt and suspenders to hold the cooler on top of the hatch in front of the splashwell. Pick that spot so it's center of the boat for stability and ease of use.

Belt & Suspenders:
-have 2 straps come up and out of the hatch in the floor.....terminated on the inside of the hatch lid....with a closed loop on each strap.

-have 1-2 canvas toggle buttons attached to each side of the splashwell....and make a strap that attaches to those comes out and around the cooler and attached to the other side of the splashwell. Have that strap go through the 2 strap loops of the straps that are attached under the floor hatch lid.

That will hold the bait well cooler


When cooler is not in use, just remove the splash well strap, and throw the 2 floor lid straps inside the floor hatch.



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