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« on: October 19, 2008, 10:46:05 AM »



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Portable Bait Well | Homemade Bait Tank

I will be connecting this to my Raw Water Wash down

With the prices of these polypropylene tanks, I couldn't justify the cost based on the amount of time I would need one.  I also wanted one that I can remove or store up front.  We've seen them made out of trash cans. which I was going to do until Capt Joe gave me a 55 gallon drum and explained the benefits of using it.

Here are the steps I took to make it.

I purchased the kit from here. Bait Tank Plumbing

With a Jig saw, I cut the drum at the top band, this was close to the suggested 2.5 inches above the 35 gallon mark.

I then removed 2.5 inches of the piece I cut off, this is where the drum started to taper.

I inverted the band and placed it into the drum, fastening it with 4 SS screws.
This also creates a baffle for splash.

The kit came with instructions on the best locations for the fittings.

The lid can be used to make the top, but I am getting a 24" inch piece of 1/2 Polypropylene and will be making a top for it. with a SS piano hinged door. There is now a large enough lip to screw the top down.

I will post the complete pictures in a day or 2.

Thanks for the insight Capt Joe.

These drums can be found at Car washes and pool supplies.



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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2008, 10:57:41 AM »

Wow Rod, that looks damn good.

Ummmm, can I have my drum back?  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2008, 11:01:26 AM »

Very nice Rod,  This project looks very easy and is well thought out.  It should be easy enough for everyone that has a boat without a bait well to take on.

Thanks for posting... greeting
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2008, 02:07:17 PM »

Nice!  You're pretty handy for a website designer! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2008, 08:44:15 PM »

That looks great Rod!  You wouldn't know it was a DIY homemade baitwell.  Looks better than the store bought ones fairly easy to do.  Certainly great way to save money in this day and age Grin!  Thanks.

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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2008, 07:20:55 PM »

Rod, I have some thing very similar and installed a 2'' overflow to discharge over the side.The tank is very portable and is a throw back to years ago 1975- 1980s when things were simple and inexpensive and very funtional.Good luck with it. AJ "Peggy Lee"
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2008, 07:28:18 PM »

Yea..  I love the open deck.  and I'd like to have it on board in case I run into bait.  This way I can store it up front and use it when needed thumbs up
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2008, 07:47:15 PM »

Nice Rig.....A jack of all trades thumbsup2
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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2008, 07:50:10 PM »

Master of none thumbs up
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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2008, 09:38:16 AM »

I heard the need for the bait tank was because you were a Master at Baiting.  thumbsup2
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« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2008, 04:51:50 PM »

Baiter Master or Vice Versa .
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« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2008, 05:57:19 PM »

Nice JOB!, A boat at my marina has the same setup. It works great! Wink
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« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2008, 06:19:02 PM »

 Grin Grin Grin


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« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2008, 06:46:09 PM »

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« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2008, 07:03:56 PM »

Nice Job!   thumbs up  <'((((><
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« Reply #15 on: November 10, 2008, 09:01:11 PM »

Finished it off with a 1/2 piece of Polypropylene / a 1/2 Piece of Plexiglas and a SS piano Hinge

All Done!!.  Will be loading it with 3 dozen Spot in the morning thumbs up

A little rough on the cuts.. but she will do the trick.


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« Reply #16 on: November 10, 2008, 09:28:20 PM »

Looks good.  thumbs up
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« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2008, 11:15:51 PM »

Nice job Rod!  Good luck tomorrow! thumbs up
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« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2008, 11:20:53 PM »

Lookin Good... thumbsup2
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« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2009, 08:07:54 PM »

I have no washdown on my boat. Has anyone ever used the ones that you toss a bilge pump over the side? I was thinking of making somethine very similar but I am unsure of how to recirculate it.
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