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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:21 am 
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So I have built many many bait tanks in my day. I will fish with anything, but live bait is always what I WANT to fish with whether I am fishing fresh or salt. I live in Tampa Bay Area and fish mostly for snook. I needed the ability to keep lots of sardines and the ability to keep big baits like hog leg mullet or ladyfish. I liked the idea of the Hobie baitwells however I wasn't crazy about the shape. Over the years I have learned that the shape of the bait well is extremely important. I also wanted something wide to give more room for larger baits. So here is what I came up with, I used the bottom of a 55g
Drum, several Hobie bait tank parts, some starboard, lots of SS screws, and some ingenuity to make it come together. It is essentially a hobie bait well but with a different tank. I definitely did not like the shape and size of the Vittle Vaults.

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I didn't put any switch, atleast not yet. The battery is in a waterproof case inside the hull. The only thing I am concerned about is with it being so wide is how it could affect stability. However, the center of gravity is very low because at the max capacity it about 11g the water is about 5.5-6" deep. With the standpipe theoretically I should be able to run wherever I need to. I figured for my first actual post I would contribute something someone might find useful. I have already seen tons of awesome things on here. Next project is my storage rack!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 11:37 am 
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Nice! How many crappie and white bass you think something like that will hold? I'm looking for something that will hold fish.
Thanks...


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:11 pm 
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I bet it would hold a dozen crappie. Not sure how big white bass are though... It's running on a 6v battery. I have never caught a crappie with hook and line before I occasionally get them in my net when I am catching shiners in a few ponds. At max capacity the water is about 5.5-6" deep and the diameter is like 22-23" you could put some big fish in it.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 12:51 pm 
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Cool! The WB here get pretty big. Larger than anywhere else i have caught them. 16 to 17" is the norm with an occasional 18".
The crappie are pretty small usually. My biggest crappie was 2.6 pounds which is a rarity. The one picture is about two pounds and it is big compared to most of them.
let us know how it handles the livewell. I might go for a even bigger one if yours does ok in the yak...



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