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Old 07-10-2014, 01:18 PM   #1
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Only because I saw the one selling for $165 in the ads section. I figured I'd offer up my solution as I couldn't justify the high price tag on a lot of these round coolers. I picked up a gatorade cooler for 40$ on Craigslist. Then I used a cheap bubbler I had laying around. Eventually, I upgraded to the 12volt bubbler that has two stones. All in, I'm at 70$ I think. This was the first iteration: http://imgur.com/htVq2Xu. It's changed a bit since then, but it's about the same. I use this for freshwater blue back herring which are notoriously tough to keep alive. I can keep 2 dozen in the dead of summer in Atlanta. I use it down in the Salt if I net a bunch of mullet or Pinfish. That said, I'm shying away from this for salt and relying on the bait tube. I can keep over a dozen cigar minnows alive in a bait tube that cost me about 14$. With two bait tubes, I'm at the same capacity as my 7 gallon gatorade container and I'm not dealing with the additional weight factor of 7 gallons of water. Even with two bait tubes added in, I'm no where near the 165$ for the option in the ads. That said, 165$ is an infinitely fair price for that setup.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:30 PM   #2
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ive been thinking of making a bait tube out of pvc. buying a live well for a kayak does not seem worth the money. Thanks for helping me make my decision!
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:40 PM   #3
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There once was a time where I was considering buying the hobie livewell...built a bait tube and havent looked back.
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Bait tube in the salt, it's all you need really. Now, I do like having the bait tank when I net mullet and pinfish. I can keep them alive for a week in it without much effort. That ensures that I have fresh live bait at the ready. But when I head out, the bait tube is so easy. I'm sure folks have seen the builds here, but you can get 2' sections of 3" PVC at Lowes. Then I used the drain caps that slide right in. I didn't cement the bottom one either and it's never come out. I drilled a bunch a holes in the tube for drainage. Went out this past weekend, had Spanish sardines, cigars and speedos all jammed in it. I think I had 15 baits in it with no losses. The Lowes option cost me like 14$ I think.
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