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hi where can I get a livebait drum to keep alive mackerel on my export warrior nothing to big maybe 5 or 6 gallons don't know if that's big enough ill only be keeping
about 6 to 10 joey mackerel at a time many thanks
 

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Try your local indian take away and ask them if they have an empty mango chutney barrel. Or leave your number an pick it up when they finish one. They are perfect size. You can get them off eBay too but carriage is expensive.
 

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I've got one of those blue 60 litre chemical drums with lid on my 175 and it fits perfectly on one side of the outboard deck ( if that's,what it's,called). Got a 12 v socket in the rear transom and run a bilge pump which hangs conveniently between the boarding ladder and stern. I've got the same ladder as you.
 

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hi where can I get a livebait drum to keep alive mackerel on my export warrior nothing to big maybe 5 or 6 gallons don't know if that's big enough ill only be keeping
about 6 to 10 joey mackerel at a time many thanks
Hi Aeron, 5-6 gallons will be a bit small as mackies need a lot of oxygen, but would be fine for sand eel.
For mackies 55-60 litres is ideal.
As others have said the Indian take away Mango Chutney barrels are ideal.
A cheap 360-500GPH bilge pump is ideal for the water supply (my Rule 360GPH bilge pump is now 8/9 years old & still working).
1.5" overflow & jobs a good un (put a cover on the overflow if you intend to keep any eels in it to stop them going out of the overflow).

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Here's an installation that one of our members (Adam F) did on his Warrior 165.

To start here is the barrel. It came from here: http://www.smithsofthedean.co.uk/Miscellaneous.htm
(60 ltr - a 120 is an over kill, the 60 will hold 200 eels or about 30 macky).

I have both the inlet and the outlet at the same level. Many choose to have the inlet lower to create better water movement, but for some reason I find this works better. Inlet is 3/4" outlet is 1 1/2" needs to be bigger to keep up with the inlet. The tap at the bottom came from a self brew shop in Ringwood for £1.50. This allows me to drain the tank without having to heave it over the side. The water is drained into the boats bilge and pumped out again. I have a webbing strap that secures the tank to stop it tipping over. Finally these tanks come with a lid to stop bait jumping out, to stop the water sloshing when under way and to sit on when not in use.



The pump is a cheap Rule 350 GPH bilge pump coasting about £10. This way it is cheap enough to replace when / if it breaks. So far it has seen a years use on the back of the boats and still works and looks like new. I hunted down a side mounting bracket from Christchurch Boat Shop for about £3, and siliconed and screwed it permanently to the transom just under the water line. It sits here all the time and doubles up as the pump for the deckwash. The tube runs in through the well via a 'witches hat' and the cables are routed to a waterproof switch on the dash to make it easy to switch on and off.

...and finally: I installed a new skin fitting alongside the current outlet for the main bilge. It is here that the water exits the tank.

The two hoses fit inside one another so when the tank is not onboard they store by sliding them together underneath the transom - keeps them out of the way. The deck wash hose fits snuggly inside the inlet hose for washing down although I am trying to find a plastic Y connector with a diverter to allow me to run both the tank and the hose and switch between them.
 

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60 ltr holds about 20 mackerel which stay fine all day with a 800 gph pump, I did have a 500 gph pump and found I would lose a few fish. Take out any sick fish and dont handle them until you plan to use them, unhook them by holding the hook not the fish. Rounded tanks are certainly the best for mackerel as they will happily swim in circles without any corners to keep bumping into. If you use the pump holders with a scoop you dont need to run the pump when underway.
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60 ltr holds about 20 mackerel which stay fine all day with a 800 gph pump, I did have a 500 gph pump and found I would lose a few fish. Take out any sick fish and dont handle them until you plan to use them, unhook them by holding the hook not the fish. Rounded tanks are certainly the best for mackerel as they will happily swim in circles without any corners to keep bumping into. If you use the pump holders with a scoop you dont need to run the pump when underway.
JonD
I use a simple 90 degree plastic plumbing fitting facing forward just below the hull line under the water to get the flow while on the move, cheap and cheerful but works a treat. :thumbs:

There are a few tricks to keeping the mackies alive.........don't touch them when putting them in the tank, hold the hook and shake them off, don't put any in that are bleeding, don't put your hands in to get them out, use a small net, don't overcrowd them. Just reread this and see most of it is already in Jons post

The other thing I don't have on my systems is a tap at the bottom, mine is rigged up so that it can simply be set to siphon all the water out after use. Keep it as simple as possible and it is less to go wrong.

Worth keeping the lid of the bait tank as it can be put on when it is not in use to save it filing with unwanted rainwater.
 

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My overflow pipe pours water back on top of my burley pot so I dont have to munch it so often (if you use a burley pot).
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My overflow pipe pours water back on top of my burley pot so I dont have to munch it so often (if you use a burley pot).
JonD
Don't tend to use burley much over here but hope to February next year when I'm having a month fishing in NZ :fishing1::D
 

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Does anyone know where online i could get these fittings for in and out of the barrel, aswell as the tubing?

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Does anyone know where online i could get these fittings for in and out of the barrel, aswell as the tubing?

Davie
Usually get mine from evilbay Davie, look under plastic plumbing fittings, skin fittings for boats if you have plenty of dosh ;)
 
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