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  • Anyway, on to my first question. For those of u who have built a homemade livewell out of a cooler or rubbermaid container and used a bilge pump to circulate and aerate the water, how do u get the water into the livewell? and how do u drain it? A detailed description and/or picture of the plumbing for ur livewell would also be greatly appreciated. Basically im trying to figure out a way to rig up a SINGLE pump to not only circulate water in the livewell, but also fill the livewell and empty the livewell.

    On todays show we show you how to make your own homemade livewell out of a cooler and a kit from Cabelas. Below are the links for all of the things you will ...

  • On todays show we show you how to make your own homemade livewell out of a cooler and a kit from Cabelas. Below are the links for all of the things you will ...

    tournaments. I was able to keep 5 bass alive in just a homemade cooler livewell for the entire day. They are easy to make and the parts can be purchased for very low cost. On hot days you will have to either add ice to the cooler, or on occasion pump in fresh water. If the water gets too warm it will not hold enough oxygen for the bluegill. There are a couple ways to make this contraption. They make some really nice livewell kits that cost about 20 dollars and can be installed easily, or you can buy those same parts for slightly less and make your own custom livewell. I will be going over the installation and benefits of the “kit”, because it is a lot easier to assemble. The price difference between a kit and home made rig is not significant.

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    I built a system using a 5 gal bucket that keeps 6 gogs and a dozen pilchards alive all day. I use a rule 360 bilge pump with a 6V battery to slow it down. I also have a timer that runs for 1 min the off for 7. I've recently added an O2 infusion system and fins that I only have to run my pump for a minute every half hour. I'll post pictures if you like.


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    It’s as simple as those few steps to fabricate a homemade live well in your boat which will allow you to fish tournaments even if you do not have a live well in your boat. Or if you just want to have a live well for keeping bait/fish fresh and not having the bait bucket or stringer banging on the side of your boat… whatever floats your boat!

I've done a TON of research on homemade livewells out of coolers

It’s as simple as those few steps to fabricate a homemade live well in your boat which will allow you to fish tournaments even if you do not have a live well in your boat. Or if you just want to have a live well for keeping bait/fish fresh and not having the bait bucket or stringer banging on the side of your boat… whatever floats your boat!