Fishing advice

7/28/18 @ 3:15 PM
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Snuff8
Snuff8
USER since 6/16/14

Does anyone have an idea for how I can slow down motor for trolling? Im Trying to get around 1.2-1.5 and haven’t used a drift sock before. I know I would probably run out of trolling motor battery after a couple of hours if I only used that. Any advice/recommendations help.


thanks

Edited on 7/28/18 3:16 PM
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9/5/18 @ 8:14 PM
BugBaiter
BugBaiter
USER since 10/3/17

2 batteries works great

I can go all day

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8/20/18 @ 9:06 AM
Tim Zwieg
Zwiegs
USER since 1/10/12

I have buddies that will troll with their 150's.  They will throw out a small drift sock on each side of the boat in the front.  If you only toss one sock, the boat will pull to one side.

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8/18/18 @ 6:00 PM
haf2fsh
haf2fsh
MEMBER since 6/23/01

With my 60 Merc on 18' Crestliner my average trolling speed is 2.5, if I toss out a bucket can get it down to 1.5 depending on wind or current. If I choose to go slower use trolling motor can get about 4 hours out of a full charge.

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8/1/18 @ 2:24 PM
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Big_Shane
Big_Shane
USER since 3/26/15

Started work at 4am and got done at 2. Wind was out of the south southeast. Cloud cover with periods of drizzle.  Fixin to take a nap now. 

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8/1/18 @ 8:25 AM
CrawlerHarness
CrawlerHarness
USER since 10/10/17

Your best option is to get a 36 volt minn Kota with I-pilot.  Put the waves at your stern and the motor doesn’t have to run as hard.  Most boats get 12-20 hours on a charge that way.  I get 6 hours on my 70lb / 24v without an issue.  Maybe longer but I haven’t been out longer than that.  You will take waves over the stern at times, but something I am comfortable with.  

the i-pilot also allows you to steer the boat to gps or navigational north, so you can fish so much easier.  The only negative is going slow when the waves are pushing you too fast.  I can get 1.5-1.7 mph with a 10+ mph wind and waves, which is too fast for harnesses. So I have to go about 30-45 degrees off the back of the stern to slow down. 

i would never consider a kicker unless you plan on fishing salmon at much higher speeds.  

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7/31/18 @ 4:17 PM
AnchorClankor
AnchorClankor
USER since 1/29/12

There are fin plates, the name is Whale Tail, eliminates the use of drift socks and when you don't need it, it will disengage, so you can still run with any hampering effects, it does run around $100.

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7/31/18 @ 5:36 AM
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Tuffy101
Tuffy101
USER since 2/25/18

Cabelas sells trim tabs that fold don for trolling

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7/31/18 @ 3:15 AM
Longduckdong
Longduckdong
MEMBER since 6/26/18

Unfortunately, I have the same problem.  I have a 115hp merc, and run two 18" socks, the lowest I can get is 1.9.  Maybe I should've gone with 24" socks

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7/29/18 @ 6:21 PM
Snuff8
Snuff8
USER since 6/16/14

Thanks for the help guys, I think I’m going to just get a drift sock, those troll plates seem good but I just don’t know if it’ll be a good speed or not. And I have actually tried a 5 gallon bucket but I would probably need a few to get it down.


Much appreciated 

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7/28/18 @ 8:01 PM
BigAlseyes
BigAlseyes
USER since 3/20/16

Depending on how your batteries are set up, you may be able to run your engine in neutral so it continues to charge the batteries and run your trolling motor

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