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Can anyone recommend a trolling motor?

Discussion in 'Boats and Motors' started by bobby, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. I own a 19 and 1/2 foot bowrider, fiberglass. I am looking for a dependable trolling motor for Lake Erie walleye fishing (Western Basin). Can anyone recommend to me a good motor that will get me the best bang for my buck. I plan on giving it a lot of use.

    Thank you,

  2. UFM82

    UFM82 The one others want to be

    Minn Kota 70 Power Drive with a long shaft. With a big boat like that you'll need power and you'll need durability. You'll also want stamina. The PowerDrive has the corded remote which is super nice when your trolling- you can run the motor from anywhere in the boat. It is a 24 volt unit which means long run times on a charge. Also, it is quickly removeable from the bow for when you want to go family-boating. Just buy the quick mount plate to bolt to the bow. I had one on my Sea Nymph and I have one on my current boat- excellent idea for motor security and convenience.

    I wouldn't go with a cable foot controlled model- you'd be stuck in the bow all the time. The PowerDrives have an 18 foot cord on the pedals. I would also look at the AutoPilot versions for open water trolling. I kick myself because I didn't go the AutoPilot way- it would have been very handy when smallie fishing Erie up in New York.

    If you can afford one, they are a very nice motor. This one's on sale right now:

    Then buy this:

    And this:

    And lastly, this:

    That'll get you done and out trolling! Add two Group 27 Everstarts from Wally World and you'll be a trolling machine.


  3. Fish4Fun

    Fish4Fun Relaxing.

    I have the power drive on my small 14' boat the only problem i see with it is putting in the water and taking it out is a pain the the but. It is not user friendly in that area at all. It is also a lot louder than the typical trolling motor due to the motor for the turning.
  4. I have an 84# thrust power drive with auto pilot on my 18' Lund and it does a great job, even in rougher conditions. Better to have too much power than too little provided you have a fully variable speed control. The auto pilot is a super option but I wish MK would make it so you could turn it off and on remote.
  5. Orlando

    Orlando Set The Hook!

    Go with the most pound thrust you can afford. Personally I would go with Motorguide. My last one is 9 years old and still going strong. The Minn Kota is just to darn heavy. Best thing to do is go somewhere and compare them side by side. I think you will see what I mean. Just my 2 cents.
  6. I appreciate all the opinions and information.