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The Full Story on Keeping Bass Alive in a Livewell



Jon Henry is passionate about taking care of his fishery and the bass. He wants more people to be educated on how to keep bass alive in a livewell in the hotter summer months.

This is a very exhaustive discussion on how he keeps a livewell cool, aerated and his bass calm and healthy while in there.

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32 Comments

  1. Thank you for this video this knowledge has really helped me!

  2. I think…eventually…all major tournament circuits will adopt something similar to Major League Fishing and weigh the fish on the spot with a boat official on each boat. You can still keep size limits in place to make it interesting and more challenging.

  3. Great video. I just got my first boat that actually has a live well. Mine does not have a re circulation pump so I may add one later, but great info about keeping them cool. I have bass fished in south Louisiana all my life and we just used those baskets that you toss in the water and I always thought they were just barely better than a stringer at keeping fish alive. I live in New Mexico now and it gets really hot here. My boat is an aluminum hull and I noticed the lid to the well gets really hot later in the the day, I don't know how the lid is on your glass boat, but a more permanent option for the hot days instead of the towel, I am going to try gluing a piece of foam insulation to the inside of my lid.

  4. Put salt in that Gatorade bottle before you freeze it and it will be a lot cooler a lot longer.

  5. 1:56 I love my "Overflow Hoe" …my Overflow Hoe's tight ASF 😋😁😉

  6. I understand he's a tournament guy but with all the phones and scales out there I do not agree with hauling fish around all day miles away from where fish were caught . If fish wants to move let them move I'm glad they don't kill all the fish like they did when all this tournament craze started with B.A.S.S. I did not agree with killing fish then either but at the same time guess I did want to eat every fish I caught. All that wore off pretty quick when I had to clean them and I can say I still dont like to clean fish! I do however still love to catch fish but more rewarding to me unhook and look then release as fast as I can so just like the tournament guys I can catch the next one. Guess my point is these guys and I dont include all tournament anglers are pros so even if not pro a short time to weigh photo release does not seem that bad to me. Very few fish kills this way and if I'm not mistaken fish seem able to migrate on their own to water they prefer not wherever weigh in is located and they have to deal all the stress of even the best livewell the world has ever known then have to deal with unfavorable water conditions after release. Last time I saw a launch at a tournament no one fished there. But I've seen alot of dead fish after after weigh in and alot of good producing areas go down. Own the other hand thanks to catch and release I've seen areas produce good fish and numbers on a regular basis. But I'm not interested in weighing every fish I catch nor am I worried about photos of fish streching my line is fine with me. I know some may say fish where there are no tournaments are held and my response to that is unless they own the water I and every one should be able to fish public waters. And I'm not stressing or killing near as many fish. Last of rant please dont litter dont throw line in water be good sportsmen or sportswomen [ just use ethics ]

  7. I just wanted to give some clarification on the oxygenator… It's not a bubbler. It's far better and doesn't add heat to the water. Here is a quote from their pager.

    How Does The Oxygenator Work?
    First and foremost, the Oxygenator is not a bubbler.
    Bubblers or aerators draw in ambient air (the air you and I breathe) and pump it through a diffuser into the water. This ambient air contains only 20.9% Oxygen. These bubbles are usually so big that they quickly travel to the surface and escape back into the air. Since these air bubbles are not in the water very long, the oxygen is not dissolved into the water. As a result, you have an inefficient way of increasing the oxygen content in the water.
    The Oxygenator works by scientifically splitting the water molecule (H2O) into its separate elements; Hydrogen and Oxygen. The Hydrogen bubble rises to the surface and escapes back into the atmosphere, while the 100% pure microscopic Oxygen bubble can’t break the surface of the water and escape, thus quickly dissolving in the water and increasing the Oxygen level in the water.
    These bubbles are so small they look like smoke coming off of the emitter. The fish’s small blood vessels in their gills are able to quickly absorb this pure Oxygen. The result is quick recovery and a super saturated oxygenated environment for captive fish, even on the hottest of days.

  8. dont forget the belly weights for the bass caught from deep water…

  9. Brilliant video Jonathan! Learned an amazing amount of critical information. He's a great presenter and you guys should definitely use him again for other really great topics that are usually glossed over in many "pro" videos. Great work WIred2Fish!

  10. How does this not shock the bass? Being so cold.

  11. solid tips.. now all I need is a live well… and a bass boat to go with it..

  12. Thanks for this video! Very informative and Jonathan explained his process perfectly.

  13. go to 2:55 and look above his right shoulder in the water, theres a big bass is what it looks like

  14. Very well articulated. He made it easy to understand when he went into detail and kept me interested for the whole 11 minutes. Good work w2f.

  15. What if the fish is not out of cold water ? I just fished a small body of water and the deepest it was in the whole place was 10ft and the water temp was in the high 70's and the water is clear. Great Video The soda method is crazy but good to know.

  16. The absolute best way to keep fish alive is simple.

    1. Install VT2 vent
    2. Install fresh water pump
    3. install aerator
    4. At the start of the day empty bag of ice and top off live well and add a small amount of please release me or some similar product.
    5. Once a fish is caught turn on your aerator and keep it on until weigh in. Do not pump in anymore fresh water unless absolutely needed.

    Follow those steps and as long as there are no gut hooked fished they will all survive comfortably.

    Note: if you do not have an aerator installing VT2's and pumping in freshwater intermittently throughout the day can get it done as well.

  17. Good video but there have been multiple studies done on bags of ice and the conclusion is there is no chlorine in store bought bags of ice. Below is one of the many studies done on the subject.

    http://dnr2.maryland.gov/fisheries/Documents/IsChlorineinLiveWellsaProblemdoc.pdf

  18. what's with all the fancy shit? takes the fun out of a good ol fishin trip..

  19. Nice Costas

  20. Great info here buddy! thank you.

  21. 4:31 "manual" lmao

  22. Very instructional video learned a lot

  23. Great video for the tournament angler! Summertime tournaments can be very tough on the fish, but with a little forethought and care they can be released just as healthy as they were when they were caught.

  24. you need to be putting a 22 pound bag of bass instead of ice

  25. Great information. I always freeze a couple of smaller water bottles they don't take up as much room.

  26. Why would you want to recirculate the water rather than pump fresh water in?

  27. great video great tips I've never done that with my Ranger but I will try this year check out my knife videos and soon to come fishing hunting and whatever else comes along videos and subscribe please thanks

  28. I kept a bass alive and healthy for 6 months in a cooler on my porch with 2 bubblers in hose water. Not sure how to replicate that.

  29. good tip here on the video and in the comments below

  30. My buddy does the same thing when we fish most times he brings a bottle of spirit or 7up with him in case he gut hooks a fish he will pour it on them to stop or slow the bleeding, I would of never knew that.

  31. TOPNOTCH TIPS! THANX!

  32. If you dont want to wast money buying a name brand livewell additive, you can just use Seachem excel. Its the declorinator used by most aquarium enthusiasts and I can speak from experience that it works great, you can buy it by the gallon for cheaper then most other additives. Just check out amazon or walmart to find it, it smells like rotten eggs but a little goes a long way. A capfull will work on a 20g aquarium so you can do the math for your livewell.

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