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Old 09-17-2014, 07:58 PM   #1
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Have a opportunity to buy a sued but in excellent condition Hobie Livewell for $189.00. Anyone have any input on these livewell systems? Are they worth the cost?
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Old 09-18-2014, 04:02 AM   #2
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I love my Hobie livewell. Works great and keeps my baits alive all day.
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For $30 bucks, you can make 2 bait tubes that will hold more bait in better condition in the salt. Make a 24" long 4" diameter tube for horse mullet and make a 24" long 4" diameter tube for everything else. With a 3" PVC tube, I can easily keep 2 dozen Cigs or speedos without any issues. I can keep a few dozen shrimp easily alive, and you can really pack them in. In the salt, there's really no reason to buy a live well for the kayak. Now, if you're talking about using it in freshwater, that's different. In freshwater, I have a 7 gallon gatorade tank setup for keeping fragile bait like bluebacks alive. That said, I use my own water and I don't pump in lake water. I guess the reality is that as cool as the Hobie livewell is, there's better options out there for less.
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For $30 bucks, you can make 2 bait tubes that will hold more bait in better condition in the salt. Make a 24" long 4" diameter tube for horse mullet and make a 24" long 4" diameter tube for everything else. With a 3" PVC tube, I can easily keep 2 dozen Cigs or speedos without any issues. I can keep a few dozen shrimp easily alive, and you can really pack them in. In the salt, there's really no reason to buy a live well for the kayak. Now, if you're talking about using it in freshwater, that's different. In freshwater, I have a 7 gallon gatorade tank setup for keeping fragile bait like bluebacks alive. That said, I use my own water and I don't pump in lake water. I guess the reality is that as cool as the Hobie livewell is, there's better options out there for less.
Curious about this. Are you drilling holes in the side of the PVC and just pulling them behind the yak or are you keeping them onboard and pumping water through the them? I made a bait tube out of 4" pvc with a divider in the middle and put live shrimp in one side and chum in the other side for flats fisihing in the keys, but it created an awful lot of drag behind the boat.
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to lessen drag try using thinwall PVC and wire guards on the front and back for hydrodynamics.
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Curious about this. Are you drilling holes in the side of the PVC and just pulling them behind the yak or are you keeping them onboard and pumping water through the them? I made a bait tube out of 4" pvc with a divider in the middle and put live shrimp in one side and chum in the other side for flats fisihing in the keys, but it created an awful lot of drag behind the boat.
They drag in the water. It's the precut 24" sections from Lowes. The 4" tube DOES create a lot of drag. But I literally ONLY use it for horse mullet chasing tarpon. The rest of the time I ONLY have a 3" tube in the water. I use 3" shower drains on both ends and drill a bunch of holes along it's length. No pumps neccessary as it's in the water. No issues with drag and I'm paddling a Cuda 14 a lot of distance/trolling/bottom fishing.
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Link for anybody wondering what's used: https://www.pensacolafishingforum.com...t-tube-130895/
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They drag in the water. It's the precut 24" sections from Lowes. The 4" tube DOES create a lot of drag. But I literally ONLY use it for horse mullet chasing tarpon. The rest of the time I ONLY have a 3" tube in the water. I use 3" shower drains on both ends and drill a bunch of holes along it's length. No pumps neccessary as it's in the water. No issues with drag and I'm paddling a Cuda 14 a lot of distance/trolling/bottom fishing.
I appreciate the feedback. I paddle the same boat, so can expect the same results. I look forward to putting one of these together.
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