18 Gallong Make Matt Marine Bait Tank Help

Hungone

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Hello everyone,

I have an 18 gallon MMM bait tank on my 17 foot Montauk in the rear. My question is, "does anyone have a similar bait tank on their skiff, and how does your bait hold up?" (Finbait). Mine seems to get very beat up when I put a scoop, and even a half a scoop doesn't hold up too well. I have it connected to a 500 GPH pump on the transom with no adjustment valve.

Anyone have any recommendations, prior to me getting a larger tank?

It's cylindrical and about 22 " tall.
 
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    Have you clocked your fill up time?
     
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    Capt.C.Delany

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    I have always had the best luck with 7 to 7 1/2 minutes. You want to have the water turning over at that rate to make sure it is still fresh and clean. If it is under 7 minutes you would have a higher flow which could damage the bait, over 7 minutes and you run the risk of the bait loosing oxygen. Whats nice about that method is it doesn't matter what size tank it is.
     
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    Hungone

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    Thank you! That's very good info. I'll time mine next time I'm out, and if it varies greatly, I'll install a brass ball valve to get it to 7 minutes and then give it a shot.
     
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    In addition to putting in less bait, how's your driving to the fishing grounds?

    You might also consider the bait tank placement since it's in the rear. Any way to move it closer to center or just by the seat? The best bait tank will still kill bait if you're slamming the boat driving out.
     
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    18 gallon tank can hold approx. 1/4 scoop and keep the bait alive. 30 gallons will hold 1/2 scoop of bait, 60 gallons for a full scoop. So you need to either fill with less bait or get a larger tank.
    Damn, I put 2 scoops in my 45 gal tank and won’t lose a bait all day. Full scoop in my old 30 gal and 1/2 scoop in a 22 gal.
     
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    My 35 gallon tank fills in less than 5 minutes and works great.Don't get too caught up in fill time.
    Your right on that one, a lot has to do to the way the water is flowing into the tans. It's compared to having a hose (1 feed of water source vs having either a baffle in the tank or multiple holes flowing tight to the inside walls around the tank. Also the condition of the bait will determine how much to put in.
     
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    Thank you! That's very good info. I'll time mine next time I'm out, and if it varies greatly, I'll install a brass ball valve to get it to 7 minutes and then give it a shot.

    I would go with PVC on that valve. No corrosion and cheaper.
     
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    Hungone

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    Thank you for all the great info. Mine has 1 feed source that pushes water into the tank. I'll try the next couple of trips with just a half scoop of fin bait.

    I drive pretty mellow to the grounds, but the little montauk definitely slaps at times.

    I will go with a PVC valve

    If none of this works, I'll go with a 30 gallon tank. I just don't want to cut more holes in my floor. I may just use the existing three holes, countersink some starboard, secure that to the three existing brackets, and then secure the new tank to the starboard with new hardware.
     
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    My Montauk has a Kodiak PF-22 (22 gallon) tank. It holds a 1/2 scoop with a 500gph pump and keeps bait alive well. I have some pictures somewhere on here how I installed mine but I don't remember where they are. Definitely go PVC for your valve. Mine broke when we were in a hot bite and we had to rig a quick solution to keep the water in the tank.

    Be cautious of having too big of a tank on your whaler as it gets heavy fast! Also, the more top heavy the tank is, the more likely you will have water intrusion through your holes over time as these boats are not that stable.
     
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    Hungone

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    Alright everyone, just went out and times my 18 gallon tank. It fills in 3 minutes. I have since purchased a pvc valve to regulate the flow.
     
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