Picture a 55 gallon drum on the back deck of your boat…
We have shyed away from discussion of live well capacities and have for decades not wanted to publish our capacity of livewells. Most frequently because the competition tries to label a livewell as overall volume, instead of only that area below the overflow. We have long supported quality oxygen and have a proven track record to the best system on the market. Of course this all matters none when faced with numbers, that may be fictitious, and who’s to tell anyone otherwise. Have you measured your actual livewells?
Today we are about to mention the actual triangle livewells capacities. The Jaguar, Puma FTD, Cougar FTD, Eyra and Caracal all have the newer triangle livewells that are huge. The images below support that. Of course the dimensional aspects are hard to wrap in as the complexity of the troughs, sump, angles and offsets is all to gain maximum capacity, while trying to not loose function. then we have to accommodate everything and a square box just doesn’t easily allow that. One competitive manufacturer we know is very realistic in giving their actual docile livewell dimensions, though most are not.
Most manufacturers want to include the dead air space below the overflows, and that space does not hold fish. Sure you can pump it up there, though be realistic. Many tout a 50, 55 or 60 gallon well and we often have said, where under that deck does it look like a 55 gallon drum will fit? Let alone with the rear storages, across the sump fuel tanks, 4 – batteries, power pole pumps, battery charger and more. That all compressed in that rear deck area, and a 55 gallon livewell in that deck also? Imagine a 55 gallon drum simply standing, or laying, on a back deck?
The triangle livewells on the Premium models of Bass Cat are between 47 and 44 gallons of total capacity to the brim. And there are three (3) different versions of this well design today. That is not the capacity below the overflows.
A simple math format bring us to reality on how difficult a 6″ size change is to bring into this and complexity of size. An 18″ square box (18″ x 18″ x 18″) rim full will hold approximately 25 gallons of water. That 6″ larger square box which is 24″ in size (24″ x 24″ x 24″) will hold approximately 60 gallons (59.84) of water. Thus a 6″ Smaller box all the way around shortens that capacity by around 35 gallons. Inches, corners, sumps and cubby holes matter greatly. Things get dimensionally challenged by the existing space limitations and that space which is required to meet the numbers suggested. Adding the overflow location in the equation bring in a whole new paradigm.
We have worked extremely hard on the reduction of ammonia, improved oxygen, pounds per gallon, cooler temperatures (draw latches) balanced PH levels and more to improve the quality of retained fish. No manufacturer has done more than we have in that effort. Since the days of Doug Hannon and Loren Hill, on through to Gene Gilliland, later TPW studies and more, research has been ongoing to improve the survival of livewell released bass. Many of the studies and data will be listed as links below. The images of a Jaguar livewell are also enclosed these images have been public information a long time. We just want an honest playing field with integrity by those we compete against. This has not been the case to date for many of those.
We hope this helps everyone to understand more about livewell sizes and why we have been hesitant. It’s pretty simple math really!
TP&W libvewell data PPT:
TP&W thorough study:
Miss State study with Gene Gilliland:
TN Tournament Info:
Bassmaster – Keeping Bass Alive:
they are big. you learn “REAL” quick to pin a bobber in the lip if you want to easily get a fish out to cull. its like a black hole, only w/ water in its belly.
This is a good read and great info. There was discussion on another forum about the N boat. Owners were complaining that they advertised each live well at 20 gallons each but when checked it was only 15 to the overflow. BCB live wells are mega size.
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