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Review: Ohero Enviro Livewell Fishing Air Pump

Using live shad is my go to bait to catfishing. Over the past year and a half, we have been throwing a net almost weekly down at camp. Towards the end of last year, I made a homemade livewell (I really gotta get those instructions up soon).

This Issue

The one thing about portable livewells is that you will go through multiple batteries over a weekend. On the air pump I got from Walmart, I’m getting about 8-10 hours before needing to change the 2-D batteries. I’m spending $6-$8 or so per weekend keeping the livewell going.

I ran across a small pump that claimed to get up to 50 hours per set of batteries. Even better, I found it on sale for less than $15. It’s called the Ohero Enviro Fish Pump. Today, we are going to review this pump, test it in my livewell and compare it to the one I have been using. The test will include air output and battery longevity.

The Ohero Enviro Livewell Air Pump

I purchased the Ohero Enviro air pump from justforfishing.com (can find it here).

The claim

Running off of 2-AA batteries, the manufacture claims that you can get up to 50 hours per set of batteries. They also claim quiet and efficient. They do not mention on output flow so you know how large of a livewell this will work on.

The pump itself

As you can see in the photo above, the pump opens up and doubles as a carry case. Once open, it has a place to wrap the hose and keep the air stone. In the middle to the right is where the batteries go. Above that, you have the motor itself. You notice that is a small motor .

How it works

The Enviro Fish Pump is a water resistant self contained pump. Here is how it works:

When you unpack your pump, unpack and remove it from the outer plastic sleeve. Open the pump (photoed above) and remove the hose and air -stone. Insert your batteries and close the pump up. Next, place the pump back into the plastic sleeve and close up. This will make it more water resistant. Once that is done, connect the air-stone to the hose and the hose to the pump. Your all set, you can then clip the air pump to your bucket or livewell and turn on.

Once you are done with the pump, simply do everything in reverse. Remove the air stone and hose, remove the plastic cover, open the pump and place the parts in their respected sections and close up. You may also want to remove the batteries if you will be storing it. You now have it neatly packed up and ready for storage until your next fishing trip.

Size

The size of the pump is small. In the photo above, you see the size compared to the one I got from Walmart. It is much smaller since it is ran off of 2-AA batteries compared to 2-C batteries on the larger one.

The size makes it good for keeping in your tackle box to be used in a 5 gallon bucket while out.

Testing/Comparison Two Pumps

Noise Comparison/Air Output Video

Noise

As you see in the video, the noise compared to the other is much quieter. About half the loudness as the other. This makes since because your dealing with a smaller motor and less battery power.

Airflow

The Enviro air pump put out less airflow than the other but, I think it is what I need. The more powerful pump is made for larger livewell. It pumps at the same rate or more than a 20 gallon fish tank would take. The Enviro pump should fit my homemade livewell and a 5 gallon bucket just fine.

One issue I was running into with the larger livewell pump was it would turn creek water I had in my livewell very fast. I would need to swap out the water every hour or so. With the Enviro fish pump, it is lasting much longer. It’s not overkill like the larger.

How long it last on a set of batteries

I did a test on to see how long 2-AA batteries lasted in the Enviro. I got about 40 hours out the new batteries. This is over twice as long as the larger using C batteries. It is not the 50 hours as claimed but I will update this review after I run a few sets through it. Time will depend on many things like battery age.

The Bottom line

So here is the bottom line, it depends on what you need. The Enviro fish pump for a livewell is a solid choice for someone that uses a small livewell or bucket to keep live bait. It is not a good choice if you have a large (on-board) boat livewell.

It uses 2-AA batteries, it lasts longer than my other larger pump, the airflow fits what I need and not overkill and it is quiet. You can’t ask for much more if you have a small set-up.

 

 

D-Barb Fishing Hook Remover Tool Review (with how to video)

Have you ever gut-hooked a fish? I have and it doesn’t feel good as an angler. You only have a few choices. 1. you can cut your line and hope the hook rusts out before the fish dies of starvation. Or 2. you can pull it out which will probably kill the fish. I found a new tool that makes removing the hook in a way that will give the fish a much better chance of survival. It’s called the D-Barb D-Hooker and Line Cutter, you can also find it on Amazon here.

Today, we are going to take a closer look at the D-Barb Hook Remover. Good for the fish but bad for this review, I have not gut-hooked a fish since receiving this new tool.

D-Barb D-Hooker Overview

So mentioned above, the tools main purpose is to remove hooks from a gutted fish to make recover time much faster.

How it works

When your hook is stuck in the belly of a fish, it is most likely not coming out without destroying the intestines. The D-Barb D-Hooker has a sharp steel cutter that allows you to cut the barb of the hook allowing you to pull the hook out without the barb. Once cut, the built in magnet catches the barb and it comes out with the pliers not leaving any sharp metal in the fish. Check out the video below.

The size

The D-Barb pliers are quite long allowing you to use these on larger fish along smaller fish. Though they may be a little big for small blugill. Since mostly fish for large catfish, carp and bass, this will be a good tool to have in the tackle box.

The Quality

Not too much to say here besides that the main material the tool is made out of is stainless steel. This should gove you years of use if you take care of them. I’m not sure what the handle material is but I believe it is some type of rubber.

The D-Barb also comes with a sheath though I believe it is lacking a bit. It does fit well but I don’t see anytime that I would put it on my belt. I just will not use it that much. I placed it in my tackle box where it will be when needed.

Does it Work?

So, we know it made of quality stainless steel but will it cut a hook? Let’s find out. In the below video, I will show you how to use the D-Barb hook remover and test how it cuts a few different quality hooks. We will also try them on different types of hooks.

As you can see in the below video, we tested the D-Barb tool one three different quality hooks. From thin bluegill hooks to thick catfish hooks. This tool cut with ease through all three.

Testing the D-Barb D-Hook Hook Remover Tool Video

So Why Use This Tool?

When you gut-hook a fish, your only real choice is to cut your line leaving the hook in the fish. Trying to remove a barbed hook from a fishes belly is a death sentence for that fish. The chances of you getting it out of the fishes intestine and that fish surviving is slim to none.

Everyone has been told, “cut the line, the hook will rusk out”. This is true in most cases. But unless it is a thin cheap hook, the fish may die of starvation before it completely rusts out.

By getting the hook removed properly, you are giving the fish a much bigger chance of recovery and to fight another day. Being outdoorsmen, I take conservation seriously as I hope you do the same.

Another use, remove hooks from yourself!

Photo: YouTube Yea, I know it’s nasty!

While playing around with this tool, I though of another use the D-Hook can be used for. Remembering back from when I was a kid, getting hooked SUCKS! It has happened more than once between myself hooking myself to my younger brother sinking a hook through my shoulder. This topic has always made me skirmish.

You think this doesn’t really happen to people? Search photos on Google. Heck, even a hospital in Canada has a wall of shame strictly on hooks that have been pulled from fishermen!

Having the D-Barb tool in the tackle box can save you from turning your finger into something that looks like hamburger or needing for that trip to the E.R. to have it surgically removed. Having three kids of my own, having this around gives me a little piece of mind!

The Bottom Line

The D-Hook tool is not something you will use on a regular bases (unless you don’t know how to set a hook). But, having it in the tackle box gives me piece of mind knowing I’m prepared. Doing what we can to be responsible fishermen is worth the little price these cost. Since I look at it as part of my first aid kit, it’s just that much more valuable.