Tips When Buying A Trolling Motor

Trolling MotorNow 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 to the trolling world, or an experienced veteran there are still a few things you have to keep in mind while looking for a new trolling motor.

First, what type of motor control do you prefer?

  • Cable Steer, or Foot Control (Minn Kota FortrexMaxxum, 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.
Advantages Disadvantages
Quick Response Clutters the deck with the pedal
Less expensive You have to be where your pedal is to steer
  • 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 Disadvantages
Does not clutter your deck Slower response
i-Pilot capable (select models) Cost
Able to control from anywhere on the boat

Next, how much voltage do you need?

  • 12 volt- requires one dedicated deep cycle marine battery and provides up to 55LBs of motor thrust
  • 24 volt – requires two dedicated deep cycle marine batteries and provides up to 70LBs of motor thrust
  • 36 volt – requires three dedicated deep cycle marine batteries and provides up to 101LBs of motor thrust

It is recommend that you get the highest motor thrust that works for your voltage requirement. Beyond better boat control, higher voltage motors also offer greater motor run time between battery charges.

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