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Live Well Builds

Postby Steve » May Thu 25, 2017 8:36 am

My neighbor built one of these to keep minnows in. He offered to cut me a set of rings since he had a spare one. It's made from a septic riser cut into 3 pieces. Then the bottom and sides are covered with 1/4" screen. I covered the screws on the inside with silicone after I Dremeled them off. That way the fish are protected from the sharp screws protruding through. I put a plywood top that opens in half for a lid. It makes a great live well.

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Next is going to be a minnow live well made from a kitty litter container. As soon as it's done I'll post it here.
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Re: Live Well Builds

Postby Daybreak » May Thu 25, 2017 11:02 am

That's a great build. It's the way to go when you fish morning and night. You only have to clean fish once a day. We built a big square one w/ the 1/4" screen for our panfish trips to Wisconsin about 20 years ago. As far as I know, it is still around today.
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Postby Greg2ha » May Thu 25, 2017 9:08 pm

I saved a stainless basket out of old washer to make something like it. Very nice.
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Re: Live Well Builds

Postby Steve » May Fri 26, 2017 7:27 am

This thing is really light which is nice when you pull it out. I don't know how many times I've released my catch because I didn't want to clean 2-3 fish and nobody was close by to give the fish to. I started keeping them in the cooler live well on the boat. I used an aquarium pump to keep it oxygenated. With the weather getting warmer I was afraid they wouldn't survive. This was a great solution.
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Re: Live Well Builds

Postby Steve » Jun Sun 18, 2017 2:32 pm

Sorry I haven't had time to get to this project until today. It's time for the minnow bucket live well.

Step 1: Get a Kitty Litter Container.
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Step 2: Use the labels as a guide to cut out the sides

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Step 3: Screw screen on to hold it in place.

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Step 4: Remember you're out of silicone. :bang More to come........
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Re: Live Well Builds

Postby Steve » Jun Sun 18, 2017 5:21 pm

Step 5: Buy silicone and apply it to the edges of the wire. This will glue it to the bucket. I'll remove the screws in a day or so when it's dry. Then it's time to hang it on the dock and put the minnows from the minnow trap in it.

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Re: Live Well Builds

Postby Greg2ha » Jun Mon 19, 2017 5:28 am

Great job Steve
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Re: Live Well Builds

Postby Steve » Jun Tue 20, 2017 6:15 am

Thanks. It doesn't look bad, works great and was cheap. All in all a fun little project. Today it starts holding minnows.
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Re: Live Well Builds

Postby Nobote » Jun Sun 25, 2017 10:34 pm

The screws and the hardware cloth will probably corrode... 2 diff metals plus water equals ion exchange or a reaction usually.
But for cheap and easy it gets an Aplus. Good thread.
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Re: Live Well Builds

Postby Steve » Jun Mon 26, 2017 6:35 am

The screws were only there to hold it until the silicone dried. However I've found the silicone didn't like the plastic in places. I'll be adding some stainless ones to make sure the screen holds.
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