The long awaited Hobie Livewell XL Bait Tank is finally here. This larger version of the Hobie Livewell Bait Tank can carry up to 11 gallons of water and features an extra wide hatch for easy access to live bait. The Livewell XL will only fit on Hobie Pro Angler Series (12, 14 & 17T) kayaks. It cannot fit the rest of the Hobie Mirage line.
The Livewell XL also sports several new features such as a corrosion resistant, magnetic housed switch. The water level in the Livewell XL can be also be adjusted using the included "C-CLip." Draining the bait tank is as easy as twisting the red knob on the top. The Livewell XL comes with 2 built in rod holders, as well as two extra ones ready to be installed onto the tank. It can hold up to 11 additional rod holders.
One 6V sealed gel cell battery and a 6V charger are also included with this bait tank.
Looks great. Just like the bait tank on my center console. It comes with everything you need. Just put it in your kayak and start her up. The bigger hatch is nice. I have mine on a Pro Angler 14 2017.
Glad that Hobie brought in something new to replace the old Livewell. The old livewell worked great, but I always saw it as a 4/5 star product. This one addresses the issues of the older one, mainly being the small hatch and corrosion issues. It works the same way as the older model, 2 tubes down the scuppers. It does not work anything else except the Pro Angler 14 and tandem Pro Angler as far as I know. The oversized hatch makes it much easier to access bait. No more putting your hand into a 7 inch circle and chasing bait around. You can use a net a little more effectively on this model. One thing that I think Hobie should fix is the rubber cap that they use to seal the drain. This thing gets damaged very easily and I think you should buy at least one more if not replace it with something else. Also the handles make carrying a full bait tank kind of awkward although thats not something that you would have to do a lot. Comes with a charger for the 6V battery although I might recommend buying more than 1 battery just in case. The corrosion resistant switch is a great new feature as the older livewells would have a lot of trouble with this sometimes if the tank was not cleaned after your trip. The drain tube feature works pretty well although I'm finding that small detritus can still clog the tubes and make it harder to drain. Always bring a cup! You can mount up to 9 rod holders (2 are already installed on the sides) although I think that would be a little excessive.