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How to secure a large cooler aft to use as a fishbox?
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posted 02-04-2002 12:28 PM ET (US)
I have a 1991 '19 Outrage and I want to use a big (150-192 quart cooler) as a fishbox. How can I secure it in the rear of the boat? I want to do as little permanent modification as possible as the cooler will not be in the boat when I am not fishing. Thanks.
posted 02-04-2002 01:52 PM ET (US)
You could use the igloo cooler chocks (set is about $30). Mount them with 5200 (if you don't want to drill), then you can take the cooler in & out as you please. (you'd just have the feet mounted to the floor)
posted 02-04-2002 01:57 PM ET (US)
Bait well hold down system.
These may help, low-pro pads(two screws per pad) stay on floor and L bracket bolts to cooler corners. The threaded bolt provided ends within the pad prior to contact with the gelcoat. Sometimes one must sand the bolt tip for good fit.
posted 02-04-2002 08:55 PM ET (US)
Will, I have a 1980 22' Outrage and was thinking of putting a large cooler in the back near the transom to use as a livewell. It wasn't until 82 or so that Whaler started putting live wells in the Outrages. Any ideas or comments on the practicality of using a large cooler for a live well?
posted 02-05-2002 10:37 AM ET (US)
A livewell is a large cooler but easier to fill and drain. I use my cooler as one with the little airaetor thingy.
posted 02-05-2002 12:15 PM ET (US)
I have always heard that a bait tank should not have any 90 deg corners and at best should be round. The bait will start boxing their noses in the corner will start killing them.
posted 02-05-2002 12:49 PM ET (US)
I was going to rig the cooler with a divider and use one side as a livewell and one side as a fishbox. Wal-Mart has the big Igloos with the small hatch opening in the top on sale here. I was thinking that would be a great way to get in and out with minimal splashing. I have seen the areators several places including Cabelas. Can you drill safely in the floor in front of the motor well? I will probably go the chock route in case I ever want to take it out.
posted 02-05-2002 02:07 PM ET (US)
Dan, you're right. If you're trying to keep bait (such as pogies (menhaden) & greenies alive for awhile, a round well is best. This is important amongst "serious" fisherman, especially in tournaments & such when bait is scarce. I was thinking of making a surface mount removable livewell out of a cooler myself for my 17'. A round one would be best, but I have old coolers laying around the house. My buddy made one, by cutting down a plastic 55 gal. drum. It works great. Have you seen how much the ones in a retail store cost? over a 100 without the pump or hoses.....
posted 02-05-2002 03:27 PM ET (US)
Ditto dan...and serious is a key word here. I do the usual day trip and have a few casualties, but overall it is a decent setup. Most of my casualties are probably due to water temp.
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