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Alright fellow kayakers I need some help with designing a livewell for my kayak I've got some plans comin up in 2 months that requires me to keep 5 fish Alive ;) if anybody has any ideas please throw them my way.

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A lot of guys that kayak fish or fish tourneys out of float tubes use a large nylon net bag that hangs over into the water.

I think that's what my cousin uses on his kayak. He takes his fish to the table usually.

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A lot of guys that kayak fish or fish tourneys out of float tubes use a large nylon net bag that hangs over into the water.

I'll have to look into that

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I like the idea but from what I've heard you don't wanna drag something like that through the water it's like pulling a 50lb anchor behind you I'm thinkin bout gettin a big storage bin, drill a hole bout mid ways down with a open/close valve and run a hose from it to the scupper hole and every so often open the valve let some water out and manually put water back in it with a bucket or something. That would work the same way as havin a pump

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That sounds like it should work as long as it isn't in your way. You are correct anything dragging in the water will slow you down a ton

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That sounds like it should work as long as it isn't in your way. You are correct anything dragging in the water will slow you down a ton

 

So will adding another 80-100 pounds of water in a livewell. You won't have the drag but I wouldn't think that mesh would create a lot of drag behind the Kayak.

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So will adding another 80-100 pounds of water in a livewell. You won't have the drag but I wouldn't think that mesh would create a lot of drag behind the Kayak.

That's exactly right. Just 10 gallons of water is gonna weigh 83.5 lb. and 10 gallons is not a lot for a livewell. Add a few bass to that and they'd run out of room quick.

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That mesh shouldn't drag much at all, even with fish in it since they'll kinda swim "away" from it as its moving

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I tried using one of those metal mesh floating fish baskets once, never again. It was unreal the drag that thing made. I finally just put the fish basket in my lap to paddle back to the truck. If you have a good yak, with a high weight rating you should be able to pull off a live well in the back. There are some on the market already, hobie makes one. There was a fella a few years back that had one rigged up with a live well in the back on Boone Lake.

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Well luckily my max weight is 350 and I only weigh 150. Yeah that guy your talkin bout Sam fished a rodeo 3 years ago, he had a madfroggear fish hopper 179$

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Sam is the resident Yaker of the site so I would listen to him. It does surprise me that it would create a lot of drag tho.

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It surprised me to. Not only did it create drag, but also was just a pain to deal with. I was in the Watauga River when I tried using a floating basket. I had it tied to me and it kept trying to pull me down river when I was anchored. Tried tying it closer to me, but then it banged agents the yak or was in my way paddling.

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