Tuna Tubes

Capt. Lou

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Anyone have tuna tubes?? i just purchased the double kodiak set up. Going to use them to keep bluefish alive for tuna/ shark fishing. I have received conflicting recommendations on pump size for the double tube. one place said you need at least 360 gph per tube. and the other guy i talked to said you need at least a 1600 gph pump to run them both. ideally i would like to connect to my wash down pump. its a rule general purpose 3800 gph i believe. can i install a valve to control flow to tubes or will restricting the flow of the rule 3800 cause too much pressure? as always any ideas and comments are appreciated.
 

Poco Loco

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I have the rule 3800 on twin tubes without
restricting the flow and it works fine but I can keep 10 or 12
Bluefish alive in a 40 gallon round livewell so I find
I don't use the tubes as much as I thought I would.
 

Capt. Lou

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I have the rule 3800 on twin tubes without
restricting the flow and it works fine but I can keep 10 or 12
Bluefish alive in a 40 gallon round livewell so I find
I don't use the tubes as much as I thought I would.

Shit! Exactly what I didn't want to hear! I was debating going with the tank but thought the blues would like the tubes better. Anyways appreciate the info. Happy I don't have to install another pump. Thanks
 

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If you dont mind the slop we just used to cut a plastic antifreeze drum in half, put in a washdown, little 7GPM and it kept our bluefish alive plenty to make it out to the shark grounds. In a rectangular well I had even the 360GPM pump worked just fine... Bluefish are very hardy, I stayed away from the tubes because we normally carried 5 or 6.

I do wonder how Cod would hold up in the tubes too...

Hows that Flowscan working out, dialed in?
 

Capt. Lou

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If you dont mind the slop we just used to cut a plastic antifreeze drum in half, put in a washdown, little 7GPM and it kept our bluefish alive plenty to make it out to the shark grounds. In a rectangular well I had even the 360GPM pump worked just fine... Bluefish are very hardy, I stayed away from the tubes because we normally carried 5 or 6.

I do wonder how Cod would hold up in the tubes too...

Hows that Flowscan working out, dialed in?

ya i am starting to think it was a waste of money buying the tubes!
Ill tell ya i will never own a boat without a floscan again!! its absolutely awesome. Seems dead on too. plus i enjoy having the digital tach right in my face. my engine panel is mounted on an angle and was hard to read gauges.
 

CEShawn

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Sell the tuna tubes to some new sporty!!! However it can come in handy down the road for something... I find myself selling crap only wishing I didn't down the road...
 

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