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A close fishing buddy talked me into live-lining spot for stripers and blues. Told him I didn't have a livewell, and he told me not to worry. He would bring the livewell, if I provided the rawwater washdown. Worked perfectly...and best part, is I can remove it and recapture the big "dance floor" on that Parker for those times when we have guests and BBQs on board.

It consists of nothing more than a plastic 32 gal garbage can with a 2" hole drilled in the side about 8" down from the top. The raw water washdown hose goes into the hole, and the water flows out onto the deck and out the scuppers. Ran like this for about 10 hours and keep 30 spot alive on a very hot (95 deg, 90% humidity) day. Not a single spot died. We used about 12, and tossed the rest overboard at the end of the day.

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Nope...at least not with the spot. Jigged up a few blues and stripers on a pod of breakers, but the only thing the spot drew were some chopper blues. Got several spot back 1/2 gone.

The livewell trick worked...now we need to find the fish who will eat live spot.
 

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I have seen a similar set up but a bit more involved although not much. A friend cemented a female PVC fitting about 12 inches below the top of the can and male fitting 6 inches above that for exiting the water. This allows the live well to fill and and the overflow out a short piece of hose at the top so the water doesn't run into the boat.
 

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Sweet! I can't wait to get mine setup. I ordered a Kodiak Pro Flow 2 weeks ago and still haven't reveived it and they're only one state away! Talk about slow service. :evil:

Dom
 

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Spot are like bluegill...lots of them, and they steal your bait when you are after croaker. So...they oft get livelined in our neck of the woods. :D :D :D
 

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Megabyte":2ahgavoj said:
Nice... but did you catch fish? :)
:lol: Man's gotta have priorities!

Y'all sure have some smooth water. That trash can wouldn't last 5 minutes till it overturned, in SE NC.
 

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Late addition.

I should probably indicate that the washdown pump probably draws more amps than a livewell pump. On this day, the starboard battery was pulled down far enough that I had to put the battery switch in 'both' to get the starboard motor started.

If I start doing this kind of fishing more often, I'll put a 'T' or a 'Y' above the seacock, and install a livewell pump on it.

Dave

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Porkchunker":3aj9xkz7 said:
Late addition.

I should probably indicate that the washdown pump probably draws more amps than a livewell pump. On this day, the starboard battery was pulled down far enough that I had to put the battery switch in 'both' to get the starboard motor started.

If I start doing this kind of fishing more often, I'll put a 'T' or a 'Y' above the seacock, and install a livewell pump on it.

Dave

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Also, most washdown pumps aren't designed for continuous duty so you could risk damaging your expensive washdown pump. If you want to keep a completely portable/removable solution, you could rig up a livewell pump with hoses and a clip on battery cable. This would also double nicely for keeping on board as an extra emergency bilge pump.
 

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