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Offline Threeweight

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #25 on: August 07, 2017, 10:37:25 AM »
Nice!

I am still contemplating building one for my boat.  We are having a very weird Tuna! year here so far... north winds keep kicking up and pushing the temp breaks and blue water waaaaaaay of shore.  put 160 miles on the tin can Saturday, went out to the 125 10 out of Newport, and ended the day with 0 tuna.  Hard to get motivated to build a live bait tank!
Former Sea Chaser 17 owner
Wild Card, Hewescraft Ocean Pro 220, Honda 225 and 9.9

“Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed.”
       --- Hunter S. Thompson

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #26 on: August 07, 2017, 10:47:39 AM »
3WT,

You are better off spending the big bucks on a proven fiberglass tank. Your bait will stay alive all day. If you are spending all that money on a new boat, new rods and reels and gas to get out to the fishing grounds, you might as well spend another thousand so you will have lively bait when you get there.   :shrug9: :beerchug: :twocents:

disclaimer...
I don't take my own advise. I'd rather spend your money.  :shrug9:  :jester:
1987 - 17' Sea Pacer - 2004 Evinrude 90 E-tec
15' Sea Sprinter - **SOLD**

"If a fish will, he will… if he won't, he won't… and that's about it… except… he may take this when he won't take that."

Offline Threeweight

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #27 on: August 07, 2017, 10:58:14 AM »
The thing is we don't have access to live bait in the ports I typically fish.  I'd just be using it once or twice a year when I trailer up to WA. 
Former Sea Chaser 17 owner
Wild Card, Hewescraft Ocean Pro 220, Honda 225 and 9.9

“Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed.”
       --- Hunter S. Thompson

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #28 on: August 07, 2017, 11:18:59 AM »
Yes. I get what you are saying.  I use my bait tank every time out. Yet, because of the occasional harbor cruise with my wife and grandkids, I didn't want a permanently mounted fiberglass tank. So, I have been using the same plastic tank for years now. I know my bait doesn't last as long as others....I have proven that by side to side comparison. But, it stays alive as long as I want to fish.

Pacific Edge also makes the light weight HDPE tanks ...and you can buy Other brands online or at Westmarine. I just strap mine to the motor well. It stays put.

If you are making one yourself, just look closely at the ones at Westmarine and copy what you see.  :beerchug:
1987 - 17' Sea Pacer - 2004 Evinrude 90 E-tec
15' Sea Sprinter - **SOLD**

"If a fish will, he will… if he won't, he won't… and that's about it… except… he may take this when he won't take that."

Offline AJFishin

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #29 on: August 07, 2017, 12:33:27 PM »
Mine worked, but I have no idea how great it would be for a long distance run. I think if I plumbed it right the first time, it would have worked better, but that's just my thoughts. As mine friend put it, it was a $30 experiment, (the cost of a 1/2 scoop of sardines) :jester:
I did see about 4 boats with a trash can set up. It's funny because it's like getting a new truck. You don't see anyone with one, till you get one :jester:

Like I said, I think having the pump running at the bottom was not the greatest idea as the screen kept getting clogged with scales, I think CS pointed that out earlier. But I ended up taking off the screen and running a straight pipe, which worked when a sardine didn't get stuck in it.
For this reason, I will end up making a screen by drilling some holes in a 3/4" PVC cap and placing it on the pumps pipe, BUT I will only be using the bottom pump when I really need to.
I will be adding a larger diameter hole at the top to allow water to drain out by gravity, which I will do a backyard trial followed by a sea trial, to see just how much water will leave when it is plumbed in using my original way versus having a hose hang over the motor well.
But I think for my small can, the height of the cans' top drain hole, versus the height of the motor well might be an issue for draining. I believe a taller can would work better, but my space is limited.

I wish I would have thought of taking some pictures of it yesterday, but I played to much with it to think of taking any pictures :doh:



Things I suggest doing and or using, IF you did something like this,  as my set up for this was simple..

I bought some 3M rubber door seal (hollow weatherstripping) size 10X8mm that I glued on the rim of the can. The adhesive that was on it wasn't the strongest, so I used some fast drying epoxy on the rubber and the seal stayed in place and no water leak.

Cut out a hole in the lid and then cut a 5 gallon bucket in half, your desired length, and set in the lid's hole. I cut the hole just small enough that the bucket slid in very tight, no water leak. The I put 2 small screws on the opposite end of the handles to hold the lid flat.

I already had this, but they worked great! Black rubber mat  from Home Depot $25 (TrafficMASTER - Black 36 in. x 36 in. Rubber Anti-Fatigue Comfort Mat)
Then I had 1 ratchet tie around the can and locked into place around my rod holders. The tank didn't move at all and I hit some decent size wakes, wind chop, the boat was rocking in the seas, and the mats helped kept it in place.

Like CS said, think twice about this DIY set up. It worked for me, a weekender, but not sure how great for a long trip. But it is fun to mess around with.  :beerchug:
« Last Edit: August 07, 2017, 06:31:35 PM by AJFishin »
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Offline AJFishin

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #30 on: September 23, 2017, 06:43:11 PM »
UPDATED 9/23/2017

Friday I did a modification to my 20 gallon Brute trash can bait tank and today I took out and tried it.

I added a 1-1/4" overflow drain to it and I copied how Secret Spot ran his hose through the splash well using a hatch cover that I also installed. I bought a 1-1/4" Sump Pump Discharge Hose Kit from Home Depot for $12 as this would be used for my overflow drain. The kit it came with 2 "thru hulls" and A LOT of hose.

I then drill a 2" hole with a hole saw through the Starboard and then ran the hose though my hatch cover, easy cheesey.

My water nozzle is directed down and actually sprays on the side of the tank, not creating a circular flow. To maintained a desired water level and water flow, I installed a ball valve. Then I used, what looks like gill net as screen over the drain  :whistle:


Below are a couple videos; 1 of me testing the new set up in my yard and the 2nd was on the ocean with live bait.



I have to say, FINALLY this diy trash can bait tank worked, and it worked GREAT! :party: I got a half scoop today and after 6 hours on the water, only one sardine, out of all of them, was 50% alive, but not dead though. :dance: :jester:

The sardines stayed active and ready to do work!

I was a little worried that the new set up would be just a repeat of my last few times out with it, but that wasn't the case today and hopefully this will continue, knock on wood. :jester:

TEST VIDEO


My set up:




WORKING ON THE WATER



'96 Sea Chaser 16 - Yamaha 70HP - 2 smoke

! Go Kings Go !

Offline Qwakwak

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #31 on: September 24, 2017, 07:41:00 AM »
Seem like you're going to a lot of effort to create a live well tank. I bought a 10.5 gal bucket with a snap on lid from amazon. Cut the center of the lid out so there is a lip to stop water splashing out. Installed a transom mounted pump and an overflow line. Works great and holds about 50 anchovies with no problem. Total cost - about $60. Total install time - about 2 hrs.
Since 1958- 15' cracker box, '59 Performer, 18' Fiberform/90 merc, Sanger super jet/454 chev, 17' Seaswirl I/0, 20' Hydrosport/200 mariner, Grand Banks 36, 15' Proline, 19' Sea Ray,18' sloop, whaler/115 yamaha.
Now-1989 Arima Sea Ranger 17/90 merc

Offline AJFishin

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #32 on: September 24, 2017, 09:46:18 AM »
Qwakwak, Sounds like you made a great little inexpensive bait tank. You should post some pictures of your set up for those that want to make a smaller, inexpensive working bait tank.

As for me, it may seem like I put a lot effort in, but not really.  I originally had an idea on how I wanted my set up and I had to try it to see if it would work.
Unfortunately it didn't work out exactly the way I wanted, but I ended up with a good little bait tank.
I already had a lot of the parts on hand, so my costs stayed low and I took my time to get it where I like, while incorporating some of my original idea.
Total money spent $50 and the time I spent doing it, didn't matter, as I enjoyed making it.
« Last Edit: September 24, 2017, 09:49:41 AM by AJFishin »
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Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #33 on: September 24, 2017, 12:30:08 PM »
AJ

Your DIY projects seem to run about like mine do.  Save a couple of bucks???  great, but the enjoyment of making an idea come together (eventually) priceless.   :clap:

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Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #34 on: September 24, 2017, 01:03:05 PM »
I think you’ve got it !!!    :clap: :beerchug: :party:


SF, you are so right.
1987 - 17' Sea Pacer - 2004 Evinrude 90 E-tec
15' Sea Sprinter - **SOLD**

"If a fish will, he will… if he won't, he won't… and that's about it… except… he may take this when he won't take that."

Offline AJFishin

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #35 on: September 24, 2017, 02:49:43 PM »
SF you hit the nail on the head  :jester:

Thanks CS, I think it's dialed in now :party:
'96 Sea Chaser 16 - Yamaha 70HP - 2 smoke

! Go Kings Go !

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #36 on: November 14, 2017, 09:10:29 PM »
AJ,

This is all your fault !! Look what you made me do !

I just pulled the trigger on a new BlueWater tank.

https://issuu.com/studiokproductions/docs/bluewater_bait_systems_final


« Last Edit: November 15, 2017, 12:07:32 AM by Croaker Stroker »
1987 - 17' Sea Pacer - 2004 Evinrude 90 E-tec
15' Sea Sprinter - **SOLD**

"If a fish will, he will… if he won't, he won't… and that's about it… except… he may take this when he won't take that."

Offline Arimadrifter

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #37 on: November 15, 2017, 07:40:06 AM »
Looks nice. How big is it? Are you able to plug in your existing plumbing?
17' Arima SC with 2017 90hp Yamaha
21' Kiwanda Klipper Dory with 90 HP Honda
18' Hewescraft Sportsman -Sold, 22' Bayrunner Cuddy - Sold
17' North River Revenge - Sold, 17' Whaler Montauk - Sold
24' Skipjack FB - Sold,  18' Seacraft CC - Sold

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #38 on: November 15, 2017, 05:18:37 PM »
Looks nice. How big is it? Are you able to plug in your existing plumbing?

It’s 38 gallons. I have to move it forward as far as possible. Still have not decided how I am going to mount and plumb it. I would like to not drill any huge holes in the fishbox lid. I am thinking of straddling the fishbox. I might fill the openings on either side of the tank with Starboard.....just that the Starboard will be slippery.  :beerchug:
1987 - 17' Sea Pacer - 2004 Evinrude 90 E-tec
15' Sea Sprinter - **SOLD**

"If a fish will, he will… if he won't, he won't… and that's about it… except… he may take this when he won't take that."

Offline Arimadrifter

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #39 on: November 15, 2017, 08:08:27 PM »
Nice upgrade. I'm very interested in how you set it up and how far forward you go with it. Keep us in the loop!
17' Arima SC with 2017 90hp Yamaha
21' Kiwanda Klipper Dory with 90 HP Honda
18' Hewescraft Sportsman -Sold, 22' Bayrunner Cuddy - Sold
17' North River Revenge - Sold, 17' Whaler Montauk - Sold
24' Skipjack FB - Sold,  18' Seacraft CC - Sold

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #40 on: November 15, 2017, 10:24:11 PM »

👍🏻
1987 - 17' Sea Pacer - 2004 Evinrude 90 E-tec
15' Sea Sprinter - **SOLD**

"If a fish will, he will… if he won't, he won't… and that's about it… except… he may take this when he won't take that."

Offline GregE

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #41 on: November 15, 2017, 10:43:40 PM »
Big tank for a 17??  make some templates to help locate it.  Could be a challenge to get the drain to flow overboard.

this will be fun to watch-  keep the pictures coming....
Greg
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SR 21 NoBait;  SL 22 ReBait

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #42 on: November 17, 2017, 10:56:12 AM »
1987 - 17' Sea Pacer - 2004 Evinrude 90 E-tec
15' Sea Sprinter - **SOLD**

"If a fish will, he will… if he won't, he won't… and that's about it… except… he may take this when he won't take that."

Offline AJFishin

Re: DIY Bait Tank
« Reply #43 on: November 20, 2017, 06:37:24 PM »
AJ,

This is all your fault !! Look what you made me do !

I just pulled the trigger on a new BlueWater tank.

https://issuu.com/studiokproductions/docs/bluewater_bait_systems_final

 :jester: :jester: glad I could be of assistance :biggrin:
That's a nice looking tank 👍🏻
'96 Sea Chaser 16 - Yamaha 70HP - 2 smoke

! Go Kings Go !