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JFM posted 10-09-2001 08:43 AM ET (US)   Profile for JFM   Send Email to JFM  
Has anyone installed a live well on a Montauk? Just came back from Apalach. Fla. on a great fishing trip using the Montauk. It would have been quite nice to have a live well/ bait well on board. I'm thinkinking of putting one where the rear seat goes, but I don't want to screw up a new Montauk. Any suggestions? Thanks, Jay
JAC posted 10-09-2001 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for JAC  Send Email to JAC     
Jay, In both my Montauk and Outrage I have used a very simple system that works well. I use a 15gal trash can with lid. I think rubbermaid makes them and are found at resturant supply stores. I cut a hole in the top of the lid, large enough to fit a bait net and instal a right angle 3/4" fitting in the top. The hose attachment on my outrage comes from my bilge pump and draws from the water inlet in the bilge. On the Montauk I drop the bilge pump inside the motor jack plate.
This set up takes advantage of the bilge pump for the bait well and when disconnected from the bait well, a functional bilge pump.
The bait well sits in the splash well and simply overflows into the well and drains out the back.
For less than $20 you have a 15 gal tank with very high volume pump.
Good luck, jim
JFM posted 10-09-2001 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
JAC, that's agood idea for bait but what about the fish you catch. I think from your idea I might rig up the same thing only bigger for both, and put it where the rear seat goes. Thanks, Jay
JAC posted 10-09-2001 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for JAC  Send Email to JAC     
Jay, here in Texas we throw back the small ones and strap the legal ones along the side of the boat.
(what did you expect from a fisherman ?)
JFM posted 10-09-2001 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Come to think of it Jim, you are right. The biggest one we caught we had to bend in half to fit in the back of the Montauk. I wish, but we hit the limit on some of our catch 2 out of 3 days. Regards, Jay
Whalerdan posted 10-12-2001 04:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     
Do you worry about the exhaust oil from the motor getting picked up by your system and killing or spoiling your bait.
JFM posted 10-12-2001 08:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for JFM  Send Email to JFM     
Whalerdan, I found a kit to build one in any type of plastic container. Also, they can be bought assembled. When you are under way you divert the pickup hose from water intake and when you are fishing you put the pickup hose in the water. In both cases the pump is running for aeration.Regards, Jay
alvispollard posted 10-12-2001 10:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for alvispollard  Send Email to alvispollard     
Kodiak 14 gallon fits perfect between reversible seat and CC. 350 GPH pump keeps 18 pogies (menhaden) alive for 8 hours on hottest day of summer. This location is perfect for person piloting montauk. Being under bimini keeps baits fresh and alive longer. Shoreway and others sell it for $150. Well worth the $. Have used mine for over 10 years with no problems. Just used last week at Atlantic Beach, NC while fishing for King Mackeral.
acseatsri posted 10-13-2001 08:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for acseatsri  Send Email to acseatsri     
My 2 cents, I use the front cooler setup as a livewell on my 18. Thw weight being forward of the console helps trim the boat.
mcahill2 posted 10-14-2001 03:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for mcahill2  Send Email to mcahill2     
They make a kit with a Casting platforms that have a seat post seat 2 live wells that can easyly be set up . I have mine where i can use them as dry store or bait wells. they are fully plumbed work on a sw. the sw works part time or all the time. The front one has a fish box or collor which ever you decide e mail me and i will try and find photos but there are factory decks that fit right in on the lip all theway arround the in side there about $1200.00 fron and rear

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