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STONETER
02-27-2016, 08:48 PM
I have always had cable controlled trolling motors. I'm thinking about switching to a terrova. I am wondering if turning would be as responsive? What are the pros and cons?

usafret99
02-27-2016, 09:21 PM
remote is awesome love everything about it, while bass fishing though I find the foot controller to be a bit stiff and its easy to accidently hitvthe constant button and no realize. Looked up and about ran into a seawall once. Over all would say its the best piece of equipment i've ever bought for my boat!

Cane Pole
02-27-2016, 10:22 PM
Terrova is as good as it get (except Ulterra). Quit bass fishing and start enjoying life. Crappie rules.

Cray
02-27-2016, 10:25 PM
I love my Terrova, but I think it depends on the type fishing you do. If you mostly fish one pole either jigging or casting I think cable control is probably your best bet. If you spider rig, long line, pull cranks and just pole fish once in awhile then the Terrova is the way to go. Ipilot anchor lock and the other features are well worth it. Using the foot pedal takes a little getting used to but can be done just not quite as responsive as the cable.

bkabina
02-28-2016, 12:42 AM
The terrova is a lot slower turning than a cable. The foot pedal is not as nice to use as a cable steer either. It is very nice with I pilot though. Record a track, set cruise control and fish.

skeetbum
02-28-2016, 04:56 AM
Like most, my boat came with a cable steer. Works great in tight cover and picking pockets. But I had a previous boat with a 40lb power drive and missed the hands off nature of it. With the power drive you can turn the constant on button on and turn up the power til the blade barely turns and ease down a bank with no more contact with the TM than an occasional bump left or right to keep you on track. I used that a lot.

Now it was time to get one for the new boat and there was no question in my mind, it would be another power drive of some kind. I wanted the boards to be sealed against the elements and a couple of guides had advised the same so I went with a riptide salt water version. Available $ bumped me away from a Terrova but I did get an auto pilot. That was 4 years ago and I have had no issues with it. I do wish for the I-Pilot all the time and can add it but lose the pedal when I do. One day I'll put a Terrova on the front and trade this one off. If I wait til it quits I probably have a long wait. There is a bit of a learning curve, I bass fished with my first one so I know it isn't impossible. I feel it's one of the best additions you can put on your boat. One thing I will say is to make sure that you buy one big enough to hold your boat in wind AND current. The cable steer worked great for maneuvering but in a wind I could have it wide open, facing the wind and lose ground. With my 70 lb if it won't hold me in the wind it's time to go home. Good luck with your choice, I know a Terrova would be mine.

wannabe fisherman
02-28-2016, 06:33 AM
as Skeetbum pointed out they both are good, but for different styles of fishing. I've got a Maxxum foot control and it's good up in the tree tops, but I just got a terrova
with I-pilot that I'm putting on a quick change mount to use for rigging and open water fishing.

STONETER
02-28-2016, 07:37 AM
Man you guys Rock. Thanks for all the input.

Boa3
02-28-2016, 07:34 PM
I have a terrova and love it. Spider rigging,long lining,and pulling cranks it's great. I also catfish a lot and dragging baits is its forte. I don't have I-pilot but wish I did. I also have a 36 volt and have never run out of motor so far.

STONETER
02-28-2016, 10:11 PM
Ok next question. Most lakes I fish ( indiana) are only available on navionics. Would you recommend ipilot or ipilot link?

Cray
02-28-2016, 10:19 PM
Ok next question. Most lakes I fish ( indiana) are only available on navionics. Would you recommend ipilot or ipilot link?
If your not going to use the LakeMaster and use the follow the contour function I really don't see the need for the link. My tourney partner has the link and I have just the IPilot. I like IPilot better. The link is quite a bit bigger, heavier and has to be charged up all the time.

LowePro
02-29-2016, 12:22 PM
While the cable steer is a tad faster the newer terrova's and ulterras are ALOT faster than they used to be. I went from a fortrex to an ulterra. I FISH ALOT, and could tell the fortrex was a tad faster but not much. If i didn't use it as much I wouldnt be able to tell a thing. Like mentioned above......quit bass fishing. They will eat ANYTHING a belt buckle will catch a bass! Anyone can catch a bass.....do something that is a challenge! Get that terrova... be the best choice of your life. Good Luck!