Split bait tank- yes or no!!???

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  1. Frijolez

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    My brother and I are removing our leaning post to install a large bait tank on our 20 foot center consul Mako verado 150. Before anyone yells at me, yes I know this is big for our boat but we are here to catch fish, not sit down and be comfortable... We are looking at around a 60 gallon but would love advice from people who have roughly that size if we should do a split tank or a single? I have a friend selling an 80 gallon split tank but think that might be a little too big for our boat. Any advice or experience would be so very greatly appreciated, thank you gentlemen and God bless!
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  2. af dreamer

    af dreamer I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    That sounds very big for that size boat,500lb of water alone.Tom
     
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  3. 45king

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    My brother has a 65 split on his ride and I dig it a lot! The one thing we learn was to only fuck with one side at a time. If both sides were loaded with dines, you wanna leave one side alone so U don't fuck EM up. They last alot longer when you don't have 4 guys stabbing the net into both tanks. Lol. Good luck!

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  4. tanner.s

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    I had a 19ft skiff and the 30 gallon in-console circular bait tank was plenty big enough for a scoop and a half. We never needed more for local SD fishing but maybe you do. I would not have gone over 50 gallons for sure.
     
  5. bman440440

    bman440440 I am the one who knocks!!!

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    IMO get a split if you can.... I run 2 32 gal tanks on my swim step and love the option of being able to carry sardines or mac or chovie or squid(when we can float them) separately... also if possible make sure you can get an adjustable water level model... its nice when we use up the 1/2 or so of bait to drop the water level down to shed some weight and esp with your 19' that will be a good thing... that's my 2c
     
  6. plj46

    plj46 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    20' boat 60 gallon tank ? i dont know.Thats a lot of weight at the back of a small boat.
     
  7. towerfab

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    I have found that split tanks don't keep bait as well as single tanks because the area is reduced in a split tank. You want the largest area possible and as close to round as possible which allows the bait to circle and remain calm, you notice a big difference in the quality of the bait. Your bait at the end of the day is in much better shape.

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    These are a few examples of tanks I make that are virtually round in shape. The smaller one is a 28" diameter round, it's about 50 gallons but holds as much bait as a much larger oval.

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    Squid will kill your fin baits so it's nice if you can separate them. The dilemma is the size of your boat and the need for a larger tank in order to provide enough space for two separate tanks. You can either go with two smaller tanks (not good), one larger tank of 50 gallons or more (OK but not on a small boat), or get a bigger boat (very good).
     
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    Vigilant32 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    too much weight on that skiff will make it a dog & maybe dangerous .
     
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    makairaa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Saltwater = 8.5 lbs/gallon plus the weight of the tank. Lot of weight.
     
  12. Frijolez

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    Thanks everyone for your help! I think we are going to go with 50 gallon single oval tank since the Verado motor should be able to handle it no problem. Also, I saw on JDs that they sell a 65 gallon split tank made by offshore products, I don't know if anyone knows if those tanks are any good.
    I am going with a smaller size prop which should also help with my out of the hole pick up.
     
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    KID CREOLE I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Is your boat a 192 Mako or a 20 or 201 Mako? Huge difference in hulls
     
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    makairaa I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    His bio lists a 192
     

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