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.
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.
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).
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.