The ability to keep several large live baits swimming is a must for anyone serious about live bait fishing for marlin, big tunas, and a host of other species that require baits that will not survive in a typical live well. Tuna tubes are the most effective way to accomplish this feat.
Hooker Electric Yacht Quality Fiberglass Tuna Tubes are made to be installed inside the transom or side combing areas of the game fishing boat cockpit. They are primarily used for removable tube installations in transom live wells. The tuna tubes come in four different sizes and tube length is normally cut to fit live well depth. Canvas extensions are often used to return tubes to the ideal lengths.
The tube’s inside diameter range from 6.6″ to 8.5″ in diameter and 29″ to 31″ long and will hold a tuna up to 20 pounds. All our tubes include a soft silicone nozzle. The interior consists of a dark blue high-gloss gel coat with a flat white gel coat exterior. The dark color interior keeps the tuna calm and alive longer. Each tuna tube is plumbed with a 1” PVC pipe that connects to the water supply in the live well.
Our tuna tubes feature quick disconnect mounting brackets, for transom mounting are anodized then white powder coated for long life. Easily removable by removing one 3/16″ detent pin. Small transom mount nuts mount to the transom, tuna tube brackets clip to nuts. Double’s are 2 sets of brackets mounted together, only require 4 mounting nuts on the transom.
Keep your live bait tunas nice and lively, ready to deploy with the Hooker Electric Tuna Tubes.
|Product No.||Product Description||Size-Pack||Retail USD|
|2124||Tuna Live Well Inserts||Small||$550.00|
|2125||Tuna Live Well Inserts||Medium||$600.00|
|2126||Tuna Live Well Inserts||Large||$600.00|
|2127||Tuna Live Well Inserts||Small 2 Pack||$1,850.00|
|2128||Tuna Live Well Inserts||Small 3 Pack||$2,600.00|
|2129||Tuna Live Well Inserts||Small 4 Pack||$3,400.00|
|2130||Tuna Live Well Inserts||Medium 2 Pack||$2,000.00|
|2131||Tuna Live Well Inserts||Medium 3 Pack||$2,800.00|
|2132||Tuna Live Well Inserts||Medium 4 Pack||$3,600.00|
|2133||Tuna Live Well Inserts||Large 2 Pack||$2,000.00|
|2134||Tuna Live Well Inserts||Large 3 Pack||$2,800.00|
|2135||Tuna Live Well Inserts||Large 4 Pack||$3,600.00|
|2136||Removable Tuna Live Well||3 Large||$4,000.00|
|2137||Removable Tuna Live Well||3 Medium 1 Small||$4,000.00|
|2138||Removable Tuna Live Well||2 Medium 2 Small||$4,500.00|
|2139||Removable Tuna Live Well||4 Small||$4,500.00|
|2140||Bulk Head Fittings for Tuna Tube Feeds||$40.00|
Your Hooker Electric Tuna Tube water flow must flow straight, be non-turbulent, and spread across the entire fish’s head. The tuna opens his mouth when he wants to breathe, and the water flow shouldn’t power wash him in the face with unnecessary force. Sea chests and pump boxes are the two most effective ways to deliver the water to the tubes, though some captains have had success running the pick-up straight to an inline pump to supply the tubes directly.
Delivering the water from the pumps to the tubes should be straightforward and direct. Avoid 90-degree joints, as these contribute to loss of flow and increase the amount of turbulence and bubbles in the water supply. Keep in mind that different bait species have varying water flow requirements. Your tuna tube system should have variable flow options to optimize the ability to keep different species and sizes of baits alive.
Baits caught deep are at risk. Their body temperature rises during the struggle and dropping them in a tube with water several degrees -warmer than where they were caught compounds the problem. Keep ice cold water bottles or jugs handy to help cool the water and keep baits frisky and alive.
Finally, the shape of the actual tuna tube can affect the longevity of your baits. While a circular tube can keep baits alive, the baits may tend to spin while immersed in a round tube with a high volume of water flow hitting them. Hooker Electric tuna tube systems are designed with oval-shaped tubes to prevent the bait from spinning, creating a system that can keep baits alive and frisky for extended periods of time.