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nooner posted 02-03-2006 07:14 PM ET (US)   Profile for nooner   Send Email to nooner  
How adequate is the 24 gal. livewell on 305 Conquest?
bsmotril posted 02-04-2006 07:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
That totally depends on the bait, or the fish you put into it. Some baits like blue runners or Menhadden can't be packed very dense in a livewell without a lot of mortality. Other baits like shrimp or croaker can be loaded in. BillS
nooner posted 02-04-2006 08:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for nooner  Send Email to nooner     
i'd be using sardines and anchovies.
Boboe posted 02-05-2006 09:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Boboe  Send Email to Boboe     
Not sure if this is the same as the live well under the pilots seat that I have, but since you broght it up, I'll share my experiences with that set up.

I tried many times to keep bait in the well. I have the long plug that fits into the bottom that is about 15 inches or so long so that the water does not overfill. EVERY time I've used this set up, I find that when I arrive at my destination, the plug has fallen out, the well is empty and my bait is either dead or close to it. I now keep a big bucket on board with an airator and use the live well as a dead well (a place to keep the fish I catch). I'm considering just using a normal plug and not concern my self with the overflow.

Maybe others have experienced this and have a cure. I fish in the ocean and get moved around a bit. It seems as the water sloshes around it knocks the plug out. No matter how deeply I seed it it does not hold.

bsmotril posted 02-05-2006 05:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
The standpipe plug for my old Conquest livewell was the same way. I took a belt sander to the plug end and made a more gradual taper where it fits into the outlet at the bottom of the livewell. No more problems after that. BillS
handn posted 02-06-2006 09:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
The baitwell on my 305 fills and stays filled all day. It is small but sufficient to keep 15 to 20 mullet alive all day. They are very hardy. Barracuda don't do nearly as well. No experience with sardines or anchovies. There are lots of sardines around but no one selling them.
nooner posted 02-06-2006 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for nooner  Send Email to nooner     
what year are your conquests? Here in San Diego anchovies and sardines are the primary live bait.
TunaJoe posted 02-07-2006 02:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for TunaJoe  Send Email to TunaJoe     
I find any scales from the 'chovy's and 'dines plug the drain vent or screen in the upper part of the livewell causing the water to turn over too slow resulting death of the bait. I have a 2002 275 Conquest. I hope the newer 305's have done a better job with the livewells.

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