I need to stress right here from the onset that I’m not a giant fan of simply dumping straight ice right into a livewell. I feel we will actually over do it right here and I’ve seen a number of anglers add ice to the purpose that it’s detrimental and, in my view, has killed fish that wouldn’t have died in any other case. Dumping two baggage of ice into every livewell on prime of fish can change the water temp 10 or 15 levels in a matter of seconds and this may be an excessive amount of for an already struggling bass to deal with. To not point out the results of that a lot chlorine being added to the water.
One of the simplest ways to do it, once more in my view, is to have the water within the situation during which you need it earlier than the fish enters the effectively. And to attempt to maintain it in that optimum vary or modify it regularly all through the day. Ideally, you’d just like the water temps within the livewell to be the identical because the water temps you’re pulling the fish out of. For anybody who has ever jumped right into a lake earlier than, that while you plunge into that that 7- or 8- foot depth you hit some drastically cooler water. It’s not at all times doable to have it that chilly however any effort to have it pretty shut is important for the fish’s survival.
Utilizing reusable ice packs that don’t launch chlorine into the water like common ice would is one nice approach to cool the water down with out surprising the fish. I additionally prefer to take G-Juice and add it to bottled water, then freeze the bottles and add these to the livewell all through the day. I’ll have 8 or 10 within the ice chest at first of a very sizzling day and simply add one each our or so to soften off like a large ice dice and regularly launch extra additive to the water as some sloshes out the overflow.