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Trolling Motor Do’s and Don’ts
Posted: 29 May 2012 04:27 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi everyone-

Was looking into adding a trolling motor onto a 16ft Jon boat that currently has a 25hp Yamaha on it. After reading all the info on Emiquon I think it might be time. Anyway- For a boat that size, with 2-3 adults in it- what amount of thrust in pounds is enough? 55lbs, 75lbs, etc…??? I don’t think spending $1000 on a trolling motor is smart money in this case. Would rarely use it but its a necessary evil for some of those super hot spots? Any thoughts…?

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Posted: 29 May 2012 06:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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MM, I have a 16 ft Jon boat that had a 30lb thrust trolling motor on it when I bought it.  With 2 people we can troll on 1 at the perfect speed to fish a shoreline without missing a spot, and on 5 we can cross any small lake in decent time. I have opted to stay with my 30lb because I get from point A to point B even though it’s not the fastest.  But I would say at least 55lbs if you’re going to have 3 adults in it, especially for use at Emiquon where trolling motors are your only option for power.  Once I was fishing at Sam Parr State Park in Newton, IL and came upon a jon boat with a transom and bow mount trolling motors, each 75 lbs thrust.  After talking a couple minutes, he left with both at full speed and needless to say, he flew.  Back on topic, I would say a 55lb would get you what you want, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to shop around for a deal on a 75lb.

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Posted: 29 May 2012 07:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Thanks BWH. That helps a bunch.  I thought that might be the case. 55 should work I’m guessing. Not a speed freak. But am curious- if a second battery is the norm on a wide open emiquon or the exception. Will look around. I am amazed at the price range for trolling motors. $350-$1300 seems huge for same thrust models. I appreciate the input!

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Posted: 29 May 2012 09:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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On a related note, if you are using a trolling motor for your only source of propulsion, how long can you expect it to run (I’m sure there are a lot of variables, just looking for a general idea).

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Posted: 30 May 2012 05:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Murdy, you are right.  There are alot of variables.  Speed, weight on and of boat, number of devices hooked to the battery, WHAT is hooked up to the battery, and battery brand are just a few.  I have a fishfinder, halogen lights for nightfishing, trolling motor, and bow/stern light hooked up to my battery.  The halogens and bow/stern lights are on switches though.  With the fishfinder and trolling motor on for the majority of the time on the water, I would trust 6-8 (fairly constant) hours of use without a loss in power, just for safe measures. I’ve never actually been out on the water more than 6 hours, so that’s why I give that time suggestion. I will run a shoreline or a big cove with the troller and then use the outboard to get to the next place.  Most fishfinders have a battery meter which will show you voltage levels. One important note:  If you are just using a trolling motor, i know the MinnKotas have a time usage/speed chart on top of the head, not sure about other brands.  Maybe someone who’s been on the water for a full day can give their insight to help you out.

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Posted: 05 June 2012 05:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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6 to 8 hours certainly isn’t bad.  A friend of mine is storing a small johnboat at my house, on the condition I can use it.  It has a small Minnkota (30 lbs, I think).  Thanks for the info.

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