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Oxygen in the live well for crappie fishing

Ray's picture

By Ray - Posted on 27 May 2010

Here is the oxygen set up I have to keep crappiei alive in the live well when tournament fishing. This set up works very well. This stone releases very fine bubbles which makes efficient use of the oxygen and makes the small bottle of oxygen last as much as 3 days. The regulator is a slow flow not a normal welding type so that helps extend the use time as well. In the hot months I add a frozen bottle of Tournament Ice that lowers the water temp and adds treatment at the same time.

abarkley's picture

What did the entire set up cost?

Ray's picture

Abarkley this set up was about $100.00. $40.00 for regulator, $50.00 for the stone and $10.00 hose and clamps. The tank was free for me. Not sure what they cost if you purchase them.


KidCrappie's picture

When I was tournament director for U.S.Fishing Association I put a cup of hydrogen peroxide in the water of my holding tank. The Peroxide helps saturate the water with Oxygen and the fish released at the end of weigh in were full of life and ready to survive the stress of weigh in.
Another problem with a lot of fish in a small place is Amonia build up in the water. To many fish in a small amount of water will cause the amonia their bodies release in the water to become toxic.
Catsh a lot of fish,keep what you need and release the rest.
happy fishing!

Kid Crappie

Ray's picture

You know that is a good point Kidcrappie. I always flush and replensih the live well water every 3 to 4 hours to prevent ammonia build up which will kill the crappie quick.


Beau Butler's picture

that sounds like a great idea. How long under normal circumstances can you expect them to live?

Ray's picture

Hey Beau. I have kept and released them after 8 hours of being in the live well. Last weekend at the tournament I kept 7 crappiei in the live well in the parking lot waiting or weigh-in time for over an hour and they were so lively I almost couldn't catch them from the live well. Got soaking wet. It is a pretty good feeling when I release crappie I know will be there to catch another time.


Beau Butler's picture

Thanks, I think I'll give it a try. I really like to keep my fish alive as long as I can, until they reach the knife, if that's my intention.

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