hey steve thats a good portable bait tank,
i,m in the middle of putting one in mine, iam extending my so called front casting deck were the big tub is at the front of the 455 poly only because i have just fitted a 80bl elecy motor,
so by ex my casting deck i can fit one battery then bait tank then other battery all covered by a hidden lid so when not in use can stand at the front throwing plastics and getting in to tight places with the elecy motor when its finshed i post some pics hopeing to get it finished in time for the pirtek comp as long as work commitments allow.
Bob I stuck up the pics for Ben, it’s pretty easy, removable (good in small boats) and transportable, I also use it landbased so even if you have one in the boat these are good if your getting your bait elsewhere before going out, like zipping down the bay for some live prawns then heading to greener pastures.
Do you know what capacity your tanks gonna be? keep in mind the bow is the bounciest part of the boat so you may get some overflow (and seasick baits) baffles and a sealed lid will help, recirculating tanks are way better but harder to set up properly, they can easily overflow if your pump or pickup is to large for your outlet (on me bigger boats I always had the tank over the engine well or duckboard), outlets can clog with scales (particularly with Herring) or even the bait can lodge in the overflow, a dome shaped strainer is the best option not just a straight out pipe as fish with swim straight out or worse still lodge in the hose.
Look forward to the pics.
never gave it a thought about being at the bounciest part of the boat i picked that spot for tidyness i like to move around the boat with out falling all over everything is going to be about 1850mm from the front of the bow size yet unknown will buy a tub for the space i have left not going to be that big mayby 5/10 litres or so,but now you got me thinking
Cheers Steve looks a million bucks. Are there any brands of aerators that I should avoid??
Certainly didn’t cost a million Ben, just a cheap plastic eski and the airators, you could probably get by with one good pump but I like to have a backup. There are dual speed and dual battery pumps on the market, they all work but buy the best you can afford and keep it clean, also don’t leave the batteries in them when not in use and you should get a few years out of them.
Bob 5-10 ltrs is way to small, 30ltrs would be the bare minimum (that’s roughly a 500mm x 200mm x 300mm fluid area) Sorry my memory’s not real good does your boat have a duck board?
5/10 was just a rough guess the space i have left for live bait tank is 455/435×340,no dont have a duck board might go your set up yet still thinking on that one might use the space for tackle box
will post some pics of my progress so far
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