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I am starting to think I need a livewell for those long, hot summer days.  It gives me the option of releasing some smaller walleye if we get into a school of larger ones.  I'm also not sure if I'll be able to keep ice frozen on all day trips.  My boat has a small (51 qt) baitwell built into the transom, but not a livewell big enough to hold decent numbers of fish.  I am thinking of either using a big cooler or one of my big 108 qt fish boxes built into the deck of my boat.  (The fish box drains through a macerator pump and then discharges out the side of the boat.)

I've seen some livewells that filter, pump and spray water into the livewell for aeration.  I have seen others that use air stones and just bubble air into the livewell.  It seems it is easier to  pump air than it is water.  Just wondering if you guys would have any recommendations when it comes to implementing a livewell.  

Links to some of the things I am considering are below:

http://www.westmarine.com/buy/marine-metals--powerbubbles-12v-dc-air-pump--1184357

http://www.basspro.com/Frabill-Aqua-Life-Tower-Pump-Aerator-System/product/1408061724/?hvarAID=shopping_googleproductextensions

http://www.boatus.com/fishing/articles/building-a-livewell.asp

http://www.pensacolafishingforum.com/f39/cooler-seat-into-live-well-144859/

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I decided to go with a pump that sprays the water.  It is a portable system so I can use it in a cooler or one of my big fish boxes.  Someone was complaining about all of the bubbles caused my those air stones and they would have preferred something that filtered the water and sprayed it.  Plus, this system can serve as an emergency bilge pump which is nice.

http://www.marinemetal.com/products/12-vt-air-pumps/super-saver-kit/item/super-saver-kit

We're going out in the morning, we'll see how it does.  

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That livewell solution worked great.  We ended up with 17 walleye and big catfish in the box and that livewell kept all of them fresh from about 8 am until we pulled lines at 2 pm.

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