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#11909890 - 10/31/16 11:43 AM question on livewells
medic5930 Offline
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Registered: 05/07/13
Posts: 127
Loc: EAST TEXAS
How many people run their recirculate all day long during a tournament or do you put them on a timer. I have been having problems with them draining my battery which will turn my graphs off during the day. I have a blue top optima cranking battery (which is brand new). I dont want my battery to drain down but I dont want to have fish die on me either. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

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#11909948 - 10/31/16 12:21 PM Re: question on livewells [Re: medic5930]
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Registered: 01/16/12
Posts: 731
Loc: Del Rio, Tx
I don't run them while on water, no need, fresh water in old out all day. I run the recirculate pump on timer when I get off. May put a little ice prior depending on water temp.

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#11910718 - 10/31/16 08:52 PM Re: question on livewells [Re: medic5930]
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All day. Seldom lose a fish.

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#11915220 - 11/03/16 01:14 PM Re: question on livewells [Re: medic5930]
varnoldi Offline
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Registered: 10/18/16
Posts: 177
Loc: Watauga, TX
Do you have more then one battery? I run a deep cycle for trolling , live well and radio. a second cranking battery for the motor .
If not , what size cranking battery
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#11916538 - 11/04/16 09:05 AM Re: question on livewells [Re: medic5930]
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Registered: 03/07/10
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Loc: Temple, Texas USA
Summer, all day. This time of year, auto.

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#11958502 - 11/30/16 10:11 AM Re: question on livewells [Re: medic5930]
Terry5357 Offline
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Registered: 10/05/16
Posts: 30
When I bought my "new to me" boat, there were a couple of 2 litter bottles in the livewell, I can only assume the former owner froze them and put them in the livewell during the summer to keep temps down.

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#12029679 - 01/09/17 11:59 AM Re: question on livewells [Re: medic5930]
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Registered: 10/26/16
Posts: 474
Loc: South Texas
I have Oxygenator system installed which pulls much less power than a typical recirc pump. On the hottest days I will still turn on the recirc pump occasionally. I have never lost a fish with this system (knock on Wood).
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#12035588 - 01/12/17 09:57 AM Re: question on livewells [Re: medic5930]
Anderson Guide Service Offline
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Registered: 01/11/17
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Loc: Rockport, TX
Don't put just Ice inn your livewell. The chemicals in the water and the fish don't get along
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#12035630 - 01/12/17 10:20 AM Re: question on livewells [Re: medic5930]
forkduc Offline
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Registered: 03/28/07
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All day

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#12039165 - 01/14/17 11:45 AM Re: question on livewells [Re: medic5930]
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Registered: 06/09/08
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Loc: The Great State of Texas
Recirculate all day

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#12051530 - 01/20/17 06:13 PM Re: question on livewells [Re: medic5930]
HappyNest Offline
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Registered: 06/30/16
Posts: 38
Loc: Texas
Recirculation with timer, water treatment and I add frozen water bottles to manage water temperature anytime lake water is above 80f.


Edited by HappyNest (01/20/17 06:14 PM)

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#12056465 - 01/23/17 06:50 PM Re: question on livewells [Re: Anderson Guide Service]
Bulletman99 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/16
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Loc: South Texas
Originally Posted By: Anderson Guide Service
Don't put just Ice inn your livewell. The chemicals in the water and the fish don't get along


Most ice contains a small amount of chlorine which kills algae. Yes a fishes slim coat is a form of algae and is detrimental to their health!!!
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#12059275 - 01/25/17 12:29 PM Re: question on livewells [Re: medic5930]
TXMako2201 Offline
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Registered: 10/26/16
Posts: 44
Saltwater fisherman here.. I pretty much only use live wells for bait so if I have any at the end of the day I keep the recirc on all night. in the water I run the fresh water pump all day. all 4 motors are powered by the cranking battery and I have never had a problem starting the next day. Might look into a separate power system for your live wells with a solar charger.
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