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Bait Tanks

Unread postby iamthesmf » Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:26 am

Got some people asking about bait tanks and pumps.
Some club members have this subject figured out while others are ending up with dead bait.
Stacey has come up with a great pump solution. Some boats have a pump hanging over the side, then have to pull it up to motor to a new location.

By mounting a live well pump in the aft section of the boat and cutting the intake at a 45 degree angle most problems are solved. Next is building a practical and SAFE bait tank. Do not let the drain hose go below the lake surface. This will create a dead head or even a siphon effect. Your tank will over flow and you can flood or sink a boat. (did that a few months ago).

See the attached pictures and post you questions of your bait tank....sharing and caring is the motto.
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Re: Bait Tanks

Unread postby iamthesmf » Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:37 am

Couple more pics.
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Re: Bait Tanks

Unread postby wolfs4evr » Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:22 pm

On your design you are pumping water to the bottom of the baitwell. Nice and quiet, I like it. Any pros/cons to that? I have my initial build of a baitwell and have tested it once. Didn't lose a single Shad all day on the test trip. So happy with the pros of using one and ready to expand/make it a nicer unit. I used a aerator head in mine just like what my oem boat livewells have and have the water spraying/shooting in just above the overflow exit downwards. Loud per se listening to the water spraying in all day but nothing really bothersome. The thought was it helped aerate the water for Shad survival. Is that overkill/worth listening too all day since one is constantly pumping water from the lake?

Now I know how well it works on a old garbage can I had laying around I will get hot on getting a 10-15 gallon white barrel for the next build of one. Still pondering mounting the pump since I currently really like the ability to be able to remove the baitwell at a seconds notice for other activities/fishing excursions. For the test trip I just had the barrel slid up under the passenger dash and installed it on the back of the boat once on the water. Simple and portable.

I used a normal marine black flex line to the pump the first outing. The clear line below I didn't care for at all since it is so stiff.

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Re: Bait Tanks

Unread postby iamthesmf » Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:57 am

The horizontal pipe has small holes for aeration and the vertical pipe has three 3/8" holes for fill. There is a cap at the bottom of the vertical pipe.

This worked great on the ocean as well and kept the Sardines alive. Took a full scoop and only lost about 10 baits all day.
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Re: Bait Tanks

Unread postby iamthesmf » Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:11 am

We were coming back in from a day of fishing, so I was going to dump the bait tank. I disconnected the pump from the battery, then opened the drain valve. We started to motor back to the Harbor at about 20 mph.

I drained the tank about half way, close the drain valve and sit down to enjoy the ride back. Soon I see water coming out the over flow drain hose.

How can this be? There's no power to the bait pump.

The pickup/iintake pipe that was cut on an angel was scooping up water. From the back of the boat to the bait tank is 15 feet of garden hose. It was almost as if I had the pump on again.
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Re: Bait Tanks

Unread postby iamthesmf » Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:20 am

On thing you may not see from the pictures is extra drain holes. There are 3/8" holes around the neck of the drain body. If dead Shad get stuck on the drain face grid, the tank will still drain and not overflow.
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Re: Bait Tanks

Unread postby iamthesmf » Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:34 am

Started working on a smaller 16 gallon tanks. The drain bulkhead fitting should deliver from UPS this week along with the hoses
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Re: Bait Tanks

Unread postby iamthesmf » Wed Sep 30, 2015 1:20 pm

Put the finishing touches on the 16 gallon tank.
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