View Full Version : pulling crankbaits out the back/side with front troling motor

10-11-2010, 03:11 PM
i read the post about the 4 batterys and how he likes to use the trolling motor to pull crankbaits. When you talk about doing this are you using the trolling motor on the front of the boat? i have tried this with my wireless trolling motor and have had trouble with the back of the boat, where the rods are, swinging too much when turning and making it much easier to get the lines crossed. i dont have this problem when using the big motor due to the back of the boat doing the turning. i would much rather use my trolling motor if you guys have any ideas to my problem

10-11-2010, 03:21 PM
I have heard of some folks running the trolling motor on the front in a straight position and then steering the boat with the non running outbard. You could try that....power at the front of the boat and steering at the back.

10-11-2010, 04:14 PM
I didnt think of that one....good idea...i'll try it next time

10-11-2010, 04:55 PM
I pull cranks with my front mounted trolling motor. I've got a Powerdrive V2 with Co-Pilot and two sets of batteries. Three people usually fish out of my boat with two in the front and one trolling straight out the back. With your big motor down and acting as a rudder, the boat manouvers good. We usually crank our pull poles in before we turn around.

10-12-2010, 12:57 AM
I'm thinking of putting a small(35 pounds) trolling motor on the back and setting it straight, then steering with the outboard. First I have to mount it without too much fuss til I can see how it works for me. Tight turns and long lines don't mix.

10-12-2010, 08:49 AM
That was my thread on the 4 batteries. I trim the big motor up to about full trim when at full throttle - meaning to the top of the trim, but before tilt kicks in. Place the outboard in neutral so the prop doesn't provide addtional drag and troll away. Never have an issue with the rear of the boat swinging on me, although I will admit my Champion has a very deep keel that helps. I pull out of the back with this set up.

Did the same with a mod V G3 1756 and don't recall having much of an issue with the motor trimmed down though. I just did that as an experiment though with the G3. I used the outboard with that boat to pull, but pulled off the side with that boat.


10-12-2010, 10:18 AM
I pull cranks with my Terrova all the time and never had a problem with the back of the boat getting out of control. If your pulling at 1.7 I can't imagine how that would happen.:eek:

10-12-2010, 10:46 AM
I pull with a stick steer. I don't usually have any problems with cranks. But. when I pull jigs I have to be mindfull of the line getting into the prop of the big motor on turns. I also use the big motor to steer with. Sure is handy with a stick steer.