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#4157077 - 11/16/09 12:20 PM Homemade shad tank
fmclee Offline
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Registered: 07/25/09
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Loc: Stephenville,TX
Here are some pics of my homemade shad tank. About $75.00 invested. Not hard to build and it filters the water and circulates/aerates it. And is insulated. Same principal that grayline uses. Works great for me!!! Put about 100 baits in it last weekend! Kept em good for about 24 hrs or more.

http://picasaweb.google.com/leewitte/ShadTank#


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#4157124 - 11/16/09 12:35 PM Re: Homemade shad tank [Re: fmclee]
GoFishNow Offline
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I like that! Should work just fine. Good that you used a cooler with wheels on it. Remember to add some salt to the water.
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#4157646 - 11/16/09 02:48 PM Re: Homemade shad tank [Re: GoFishNow]
RealBigReel Offline
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I built a Bait tank for my Cobra Navagator XF kayak. Water is pumped up through one of the rear scuppers and then into the 5 gallon bucket tank. Drains out the small holes in back of the tank and out the other scupper. Battery duration is 13 hours.
Unless the tank is round or oblong Shad will kill themselves in the corners.


More pictures and project details on TKF:

http://www.texaskayakfisherman.com/forum...t+tank#p1270675


Edited by RealBigReel (11/16/09 02:49 PM)
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#4157702 - 11/16/09 03:00 PM Re: Homemade shad tank [Re: fmclee]
grisher Offline
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Very Nice.What did you use for the pump/filter tank?


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#4157726 - 11/16/09 03:05 PM Re: Homemade shad tank [Re: grisher]
RHORHO Offline
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And ..... how much would you charge to build one?
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#4158343 - 11/16/09 05:29 PM Re: Homemade shad tank [Re: grisher]
fmclee Offline
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One of those ice cube bins from walmart. Cut it down to fit and used the extra to make the divider. hot glued it in ...

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#4159268 - 11/16/09 09:41 PM Re: Homemade shad tank [Re: fmclee]
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Looks like it will work great!

You've already got hungry cats ready to fish shad out of there smile
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#4159282 - 11/16/09 09:45 PM Re: Homemade shad tank [Re: Stripers Inc.]
Stripers Inc. Offline
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Quote:
Unless the tank is round or oblong Shad will kill themselves in the corners.


I've always heard the same thing but there was a guy on here that put up a thread where he kept them alive in an aquarium for a week. I've never tested it myself, a 50 gal. greyline works too well to do any experimenting smile
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#4159507 - 11/16/09 11:42 PM Re: Homemade shad tank [Re: Stripers Inc.]
GoFishNow Offline
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That was me with the aquarium and they stay alive two or three weeks depending on if I change out some water or not. Those 100 baits died because they were overcrowded. I can keep around 24 large gizzard shad in the 15 gallon aquarium. That aquarium taught me allot about how to keep shad alive. I do have a 17 gallon Sunshine/Greyline tank on the boat. Sometimes we stock that with the aquarium fish to save time in the morning and to be sure we have live bait. It is work hauling all that water.
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#4159549 - 11/17/09 12:24 AM Re: Homemade shad tank [Re: GoFishNow]
fmclee Offline
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This cooler has semi-rounded corners in it(if you look closer).
The shad did not bunch up in the corners. I did overload it on purpose. Just as a test. I will put some water in it tomorrow and show you the circular water flow around the tank. It is very good. I'm not a guide and 50 baits will get me thru a very long day of fishing. As well as my limit on stripers. This was just a project for me as I am a Manufacturing Engineer and love a challenge. It does filter the water very well. I just thought someone might want to see an economical way to keep a few shad alive for a day of fishing. We have a 20 gallon purchased round tank also.(Around 300 bucks,and not insulated). I will take some close-up pics for any that are interested in the construction.

Gofishnow... Don't haul water .... get a small bilge pump, drop it over the side of the boat with a long hose on it and pump the lake water right into your tank, and then when you are thru, drop it in the tank and pump it right back into the lake.

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#4159907 - 11/17/09 08:13 AM Re: Homemade shad tank [Re: fmclee]
Tx Tree Grower Offline
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Loc: Palestine, TX
I built one last year but I was not pleased with my filter. I am going to steal your filter design. How did you attach the filter/pump box to the wall of the cooler?

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#4160255 - 11/17/09 09:52 AM Re: Homemade shad tank [Re: Tx Tree Grower]
fmclee Offline
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I put a little hot glue on it and then put three (NOT VERY LONG)stainless steel self tapping screws on it.

PREDRILL THE HOLES




Edited by fmclee (11/17/09 09:53 AM)

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#4160776 - 11/17/09 12:26 PM Re: Homemade shad tank [Re: fmclee]
fmclee Offline
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OK .....
For those interested ...
I updated some of the pics and added a few short videos to show the flow in the tank ....
The flow is really a lot smoother in real time the video seems rough ........


http://picasaweb.google.com/leewitte/ShadTank#


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#4163110 - 11/17/09 10:05 PM Re: Homemade shad tank [Re: fmclee]
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Originally Posted By: fmclee
OK .....
For those interested ...
I updated some of the pics and added a few short videos to show the flow in the tank ....
The flow is really a lot smoother in real time the video seems rough ........


http://picasaweb.google.com/leewitte/ShadTank#



That is awesome. Could you tell me more about how it skims the slim off the top?
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#4163318 - 11/18/09 12:17 AM Re: Homemade shad tank [Re: DryBass]
fmclee Offline
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