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Offline Croaker Stroker

Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« on: November 16, 2017, 04:42:24 PM »

This was a pretty “down and dirty” install. (Please forgive the dirty decks as I didn’t scrub the blood and scum off of my deck last time out.)  I did not find a better way to plumb this tank, I am using my original Clam style pick-up and “over-the-transom” drain.... I also couldn’t bring myself to cut my fishbox cover. 

My solution was to straddle the fishbox and remove the original lid completely. I had a piece of ugly 3/4” Starboard that I was able to fill in the back of the missing fishbox lid with. I like being able to still use the fishbox. I may need to make a wood/fiberglass replacement for the ugly Starboard.

Here are some pics of the install.

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 Croaker Stroker

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2017, 04:44:18 PM »
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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 Croaker Stroker

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2017, 04:45:20 PM »
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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: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2017, 05:21:48 PM »
Very nice! How much bait do you think you'll be able to comfortably keep in there?
The beer looks tasty too.
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 Markshoreline

Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2017, 06:37:07 PM »
Very nice install, I like your decisions about location and not cutting the fish box cover.
Here's a nice local beer, well actually from Mukilteo but its where our ferry goes and sometimes on the way home if I miss a ferry I get a beer!
2002 Sea Ranger HT 21, Yamaha 150, Yamaha 9.9

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2017, 06:50:31 PM »
Very nice! How much bait do you think you'll be able to comfortably keep in there?
The beer looks tasty too.

It’s a two scoop tank, but we usually don’t use more than a half scoop. The object is not so much to carry more bait, but to keep the sardines alive and kicking.

Remains to be seen how well it will work ?  My boat now looks like a floating bait tank.   :shrug9: :doh: :jester:

Very nice install, I like your decisions about location and not cutting the fish box cover.
Here's a nice local beer, well actually from Mukilteo but its where our ferry goes and sometimes on the way home if I miss a ferry I get a beer!

Mark, that beer looks good.
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 FishAddict

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2017, 08:49:54 PM »
Where is your water pick up and pump?  I'm assuming it is out flowing into the motor well?  Looks nice!  How many gallons is that tank?
21ft Sea Ranger w/Yamaha F150

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2017, 09:30:37 PM »

My pump is behind the port battery. It gets water from a bronze Clam through-hull. The pump output is connected to a bulkhead water hose connection. The blue 1-1/2” swimming pool vacuum hose just passes through the battery compartment and out through a motorwell boot, then over the transom.

Low Tech.  😂

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 Markshoreline

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2017, 09:47:03 PM »
Low tech is high on my list!
2002 Sea Ranger HT 21, Yamaha 150, Yamaha 9.9

Offline FishAddict

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2017, 06:55:40 PM »
Which Blue Water Bait tank model is the one you installed?  I have been looking at their site and curious which one worked for straddling the fish box.
21ft Sea Ranger w/Yamaha F150

Offline GregE

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2017, 07:37:53 PM »
Hmmmm, must be an internal standpipe for the overflow.  How does it 'run downhill' to the overboard?
Greg
Osprey 26 LC Kodak;  Arima SR 19 HT; SL 22 Honda 225
http://www.sagecreekforums.com/phpforum/index.php
Sold:  Arima SE 16 WeeBait; SH 15 WeeBoat;
SR 21 NoBait;  SL 22 ReBait

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2017, 10:56:55 PM »
Hmmmm, must be an internal standpipe for the overflow.  How does it 'run downhill' to the overboard?

 The hole in the standpipe is higher than the boot in the motorwell.
« Last Edit: November 17, 2017, 11:00:19 PM 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 Croaker Stroker

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2017, 11:01:19 PM »
Which Blue Water Bait tank model is the one you installed?  I have been looking at their site and curious which one worked for straddling the fish box.

38-O
« Last Edit: November 17, 2017, 11:11:52 PM 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 Fisherdv

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2017, 11:44:17 PM »
That tank looks great CS!  :beerchug: Adding a bait tank is on my to do list eventually.


2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2017, 11:50:49 PM »
I need to go out and scrub my deck... :facepalm:   :hoboy: the bait tank makes the rest of the boat look really bad.
« Last Edit: November 17, 2017, 11:54:26 PM 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 Rokefin

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #15 on: November 18, 2017, 03:26:31 PM »
Nice looking install Croaker.  I like the bait tank but not sure I could give up the real estate, my thought is I would need 2 more feet behind the tank -2 foot itis  :shrug9:

Love your seat boxes....
1989 17ft Arima Sea Chaser 2010 115 Yamaha 1995 9.9 Yamaha kicker - Bodega mostly

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #16 on: November 18, 2017, 03:32:17 PM »


Waiting for fiberglass to dry on the deck panels...
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 Croaker Stroker

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2017, 12:22:03 PM »
When you think a hand made fiberglass product, like an Arima, or a bait tank, is too expensive. Try making something fiberglass yourself.

I am on the second day working on just two simple flat panels.

I finally opened my Gelcoat only to find it dried up.  :doh:

I poked a hole in the bottom of the can and was able to squeeze out just enough to gelcoat only one side of my panels. Im going to call it “good enough”. This has taken me longer than the actual tank installation.  :hoboy:

Here are the panels with the green mold release waiting for the gelcoat with AwlGrip “GripTex” to cure.

« Last Edit: November 19, 2017, 08:24:39 PM 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 Croaker Stroker

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #18 on: November 19, 2017, 01:52:00 PM »


Done !

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 Fisherdv

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2017, 07:25:28 PM »
Very nice CS, keep us posted on how it works out for you.
2018, Sea Chaser 16, Honda 60HP

Offline AJFishin

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #20 on: November 20, 2017, 04:24:46 PM »
That is a nice looking tank CS, so clean and shiny. Nice work you did and great job on getting everything to fit just right. It looks like you still have plenty of room on the deck, well done.  :applause:
'96 Sea Chaser 1511 - Yamaha 70HP - 2 smoke

! Go Kings Go !

Offline Ssericz

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #21 on: November 24, 2017, 02:52:28 PM »
Mark I fear you are you to trip over your drain hose you really should plumb below deck...

Also the 38 is not a 2 scoop tank more like a true 1-1.25 scoop tank I had the 48 on mine which is a true 2 scoop tank

Offline Croaker Stroker

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #22 on: November 24, 2017, 04:20:10 PM »
Says “2-Scoop” on the brochure?...I guess it depends what you are scooping and who is filling your scoop.   :hoboy: :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 Ssericz

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #23 on: November 24, 2017, 05:17:24 PM »
You can cram 2 scoops in but it will die I will put money on it (unless your putting chovies in they can cram a lot better)

That's a solid 1 scoop tank


Offline AJFishin

Re: Bluewater Bait Tank Install
« Reply #24 on: November 25, 2017, 11:07:31 AM »
Says “2-Scoop” on the brochure?...I guess it depends what you are scooping and who is filling your scoop.   :hoboy: :beerchug:

I think that's true. Redondo Beach bait barge guy put 2 scoops in my trash can and it didn't look like the scoops Nacho puts in.
Seems to me, Nacho gives more sardines per scoop then the other barge I went to. :shrug9:  2 weeks ago Nacho had some big size dines, all were about 6" to 8" and it was cramped, some died right away. Only one other time I got bait form Nacho and my bait died, but they looked already bad before leaving the barge.
I think 38 gallons is plenty for 2 scoops.


« Last Edit: November 25, 2017, 11:15:09 AM by AJFishin »
'96 Sea Chaser 1511 - Yamaha 70HP - 2 smoke

! Go Kings Go !