Now that the boating and fishing season is ramping back up, it's time for you to buy a new trolling motor
so you don't miss any time on the water next year. If you're new, or an experienced veteran there are still a few things you have to keep in mind. ... read more
First, what type of motor control do you prefer?
Cable Steer, or Foot Control (Minn Kota Fortrex, Maxxum, Edge) – This type of steering is popular for bass fishing and tournament walleye fishing where quick boat maneuvering and pitching and flipping are key techniques.
Electric Steer (Minn Kota Terrova or PowerDrive) – This type of steering is popular for walleye, crappie, and striper fishing applications. Electric motor controls allows for i-Pilot integration (wireless GPS navigation) which offers boat control features such as Spot Lock (electric anchor), Cruise Control, and Record-A-Track (allows recording and playback of productive runs) to name a few.
- Advantages - Quick Response; Less expensive.
- Disadvantages - Clutters the deck with the pedal; You have to be where your pedal is to steer.
Next, how much voltage do you need?
- Advantages - Does not clutter your deck; Able to control from anywhere on the boat; i-Pilot capable (select models)
- Disadvantages - Slower response; Cost.
It is recommend that you get the highest motor thrust that works for your voltage requirement. Beyond better boat control, a higher voltage trolling motor also offers greater motor run time between battery charges. Click to view all of Minn Kota's Electric Trolling Motors. read less