Live baiting is one of my favourite ways to fish on the kayak and it can be a killer method for some species. Keeping baitfish alive for long periods of time on a kayak has previously consisted of chucking fish in a bucket of water with an air pump, however they never last very long. Catching a fresh bait fish when you need to re-bait is very hit and miss too. Thankfully the struggle is no more with the Hobie Livewell!!
A live bait tank for your Hobie kayak!
An intake tube inserts into one of the cargo area scupper holes on a Hobie Kayak. An Attwood Tsunami pump then fills the live well with fresh sea water and a height-adjustable outlet tube drains water out through the other tank-well scupper hole! This flow-through system is perfect for keeping bait-fish in prime condition with a continuous supply of cold oxygenated seawater, holding upto 7-8 gallons if needed. The pump is powered by a 6V battery providing a flow rate of 250 gallons per hour, but can be ramped up to 500 gallons per hour with a 12V battery! It has 3 rod holders built-in too which is handy, with the option to add a further two if required.
The Hobie Livewell is just the tool for keeping bait fish such as Mackerel and Sandeels alive, along with crustaceans such as crabs and prawns/shrimps. Fresh and lively live bait is a very effective bait to use for some species, including Bass, Pollack, Tope, big Rays and other predatory fish.
Hobie Livewell Features Overview
Note the Battery Care Information:
- Use the appropriate charger for the battery - in this case a trickle charger (supplied)
- Re-Charge immediately after use
- Disconnect charger once battery is fully charged
- Store in a cool, dry place
- DO NOT store in a discharged state - as this will reduce battery performance and life
- Charge once monthly during long periods of storage
Setting up the Hobie Livewell
Hobie Livewell in Use
A note for users outside of the USA....
Where to Buy?
I will be the first to say that they are bloody expensive but having now used several Hobie products and accessories i can be fully confident that i am buying a product that is high quality and has been proven and tested to do the job that it is designed for well. I was a little apprehensive on splashing out on the Livewell but it really is a quality piece of kit and i am positive that it will be a game changer when fishing for some species.... Time to liven up the fishing with the Hobie Livewell!