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Cane Pole
01-16-2007, 08:36 PM
These built in live wells are handy, but there is no insulation to help keep water cool. The minnows will die in a short time during the warm days. I am in the process of insulating the "built ins". Hopefully this mod will lengthen the minnow life by adding insulation which should help keep the water cool.. I don't know why this wasn't done at the factory.

This is just one picture. I am putting the rest on my web sight. If you wanna look at more pics, go to my web page and click on live well link.

L.A. stumpjumper
01-16-2007, 09:15 PM
Good idea Tom, that ought to keep them cool.

Cane Pole
01-17-2007, 09:57 AM
I don't know crap about about foam. First foam cast was full of cheese holes. I am filling them in. Slow process, but it looks like it will work. I got patience.

PIGINTHEPIGPEN
01-17-2007, 05:14 PM
That's pretty neat Tom,that should do the trick. You would think Bass Tracker being the number one selling boat for the last ten years. Would have thought about that.

Big Ed
01-17-2007, 05:58 PM
I'm sure your foam won't hurt, I'm also new to the board and don't wanna step on any toes or offend. I too own a Bass tracker pro crappie with the built in bait wells. I don't use them all the time for some of the same reason, specially in the summer. I might ask Does your boat have a Recirculator pump for your bait wells?

possumcop
01-17-2007, 07:04 PM
The best way to keep them alive is to run straight oxygen. There is a system that I run called fishflo2.com.

Cane Pole
01-17-2007, 07:46 PM
I'm sure your foam won't hurt, I'm also new to the board and don't wanna step on any toes or offend. I too own a Bass tracker pro crappie with the built in bait wells. I don't use them all the time for some of the same reason, specially in the summer. I might ask Does your boat have a Recirculator pump for your bait wells?

Yep. That yellow pump is the recirc pump. I am doing away with the pail inserts and putting the minnows directly into the well. Lots more room in the well when the insert is removed and a lot easier to get tthose swimming critters. I made a screen filter out of a piece of 1/2 inch pvc and glued a washing machine hose screen filter to it. I will post pictures of it later. I will insert this device into the return line in the bottom of the well. This will keep minnows and trash out of the recirc pump.

I will carry frozen 16 oz plasic bottles and throw them in the well as needed. (Same as I have done for years with the "not so fancy" minnow buckets). This should work.

Since I got these live wells out of the boat, I am installing electrical quick disconnect plugs. If I have to remove the wells again, I want have to cut and splice wires. I hate splices. They ain't nothing but trouble.

possumcop
01-17-2007, 08:45 PM
Listen, it doesn't matter about the water temp with oxygen. Don't worry about the insulation. As long as they get enough oxygen water temp isn't a factor. This is not a hard problem to solve. Fishflo2......................

jaycee
01-18-2007, 09:43 AM
I have minnow live well in my G3, PF175 boat. The water is circulated from the lake and I never have minnows die off. In fact, if the minnows l have left over from previous days are sluggish, the new lake water circulated when I get to the lake will actually revive them and they will be very active in just a short time.

Cane Pole
01-18-2007, 06:43 PM
Finished the live wells and installed in the boat. I crossed the fill hose with the recirculate hose. Had to remove the forward well and switch the hoses. Took 5 minutes to switch the hoses thanks to the disconnects (hose and electric wire) I added. Total cost was about 22 bucks. Will see how it works when I get on the lake.

I checked out that freeflo2. A little pricey, but looks like it should work ok.

This modification is just what I am doing to my boat. This in not to suggest it is the best way or the only way to solve the problem with the minnows dying. This method should work, and it is economical.

Jerry Blake
01-18-2007, 07:08 PM
Hey Tom:

Looks good and I think it will help your minnows quite a bit. You may find you'll want a bigger screen/filter. It won't take much to plug your hose screen up - a dead minnow or two would probably just about completely stop it up. One like this would give you al lot more surface area - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000AU6YC8/nextag-sg-20/ref=nosim.

Does your recirculator/aerator have a timer on it or does it run continuously when turned on? I put a timer on my Oxygen Infuser that turns it on for 30-seconds every 2.5 minutes, which provides plenty of aeration without heating up the water or wearing out the minnows from constantly fighting the current. It's a lot easier on the pump too.

Cane Pole
01-18-2007, 07:18 PM
Hey Tom:

Looks good and I think it will help your minnow quite a bit. You may find you'll want a bigger screen/filter. It won't take much to plug your hose screen up - a dead minnow or two would probably just about completely stop it up.

Does your recirculator/aerator have a timer on it or does it run continuously when turned on? I put a timer on my Oxygen Infuser that turns it on for 30-seconds every 2.5 minutes, which provide plenty of aeration without heating up the water or wearing out the minnow from constantly fighting the current. It's a lot easier on the pump too.

It is continuous. I saw a timer on sale in the Cabelas magazine. I need to add it for sure. You are right about the screen. I have already clogged it up. Just gotta find one a little bigger that I can add easily . This is just to get me started. I am just guessing at this stuff.

Wiskers
01-18-2007, 07:28 PM
Cane Pole ol'buddy, how the heck ya been. Well you did modify the minner wells like ya said you were gonna do. Looks great. You should pat. that idea.

By the way, I'm lov'n that trolling motor. Done lost a prop though. Thing just fell off. I got'er fixed now and gonna put her to use tomorrow. :D

Good luck & good health.

Cane Pole
01-18-2007, 07:48 PM
Cane Pole ol'buddy, how the heck ya been. Well you did modify the minner wells like ya said you were gonna do. Looks great. You should pat. that idea.

By the way, I'm lov'n that trolling motor. Done lost a prop though. Thing just fell off. I got'er fixed now and gonna put her to use tomorrow. :D

Good luck & good health.

You ain't running the big motor (slow) with the TM down are ya? You can spin a prop off the TM by doing this. I know. I did it. ha

Jerry Blake
01-18-2007, 08:37 PM
Hey Tom:

I tried the variable interval timers but they wouldn't hold up for me. Of course mine is on 24/7, year around so it gets a lot more use than most. The fixed interval - 2.5-minute - model ones haven't given me any trouble. The Oxygen Infuser has a foam filter around it to keep minnows out of the pump and it also collects a lot of crud and can be washed real easy so you may want to look into something on that order for your intake screen.

Cane Pole
01-18-2007, 08:50 PM
Hey Tom:

I tried the variable interval timers but they wouldn't hold up for me. Of course mine is on 24/7, year around so it gets a lot more use than most. The fixed interval - 2.5-minute - model ones haven't given me any trouble. The Oxygen Infuser has a foam filter around it to keep minnows out of the pump and it also collects a lot of crud and can be washed real easy so you may want to look into something on that order for your intake screen.

Where I find one of those critters? Everytime I think of an air infuser, I think stone brick. I saw the screen. Looks like what I need.

crappie cowboy
01-19-2007, 12:24 AM
Possumcop are you telling us even during summer months we can can put this
Fishflo2 in our bait wells and the minnows will not die, if so I'm geting me one
may be two. :D
I have 2003 tracker pro crappie and about the middle of May I using a cooler
for the catch and a small cooler with airater and ice for minnows.

SRM

Wiskers
01-20-2007, 03:18 PM
You ain't running the big motor (slow) with the TM down are ya? You can spin a prop off the TM by doing this. I know. I did it. ha
Ya got me. Yep that's exactly what I did while spider riggin.:(

flycaster
01-20-2007, 03:47 PM
SRM:
I have 2003 tracker pro crappie and about the middle of May I using a cooler
for the catch and a small cooler with airater and ice for minnows.

I have been told that you have to condition your minnows.

When you purchase them from your bait shop, they are in a tank that has a cooler. When you take the minnows out and place them in water that is 70 - 80 degrees you are going to kill the minnows. Same thing, if your minnows are kept in 70 - 80 degree water and you fish in cool water 50-60 degrees you will kill your minnows.

Place your minnow bucket, with water, in the live well and fill the well with lake water, place your minnow bucket in the live well and let the water and minnows condition to the lake water temp.