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Thread: Trolling with outboards????

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    Default Trolling with outboards????

    what do you guys use for trolling for crappie???? Electric trolling motors? or gas?

    if gas what size HP do you use?(2stroke? 4 stroke?)

    i'm wondering how good some of the larger etechs or 4strokes do. I'll probably put a 60-75hp on my 18' grizzly one day. I have a 6hp 2 stroke rude to use for trolling at the moment.
    a dealer told me there yamaha 4 stroke in a 60hp trolled great and wasn't bad on gas mileage and isn't hard on engine . don't know whether to believe him or not.

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    I've used a 50 Honda with the idle speed adjusted way low on a 1852 jon, and Yammy 90 4 stroke with the variable trolling speed all the way down on boat I've got
    now - both went too fast without some help, either trolling plate or dragging
    socks. Worked ok, but finally ended up with 8 horse 4 stroke kicker.

    Oil changes came around a little too soon to suit me trolling with the big motor. The Honda wasn't as bad at 2 qts, but the dang Yammy holds 4.5
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    i use both elect and gas to troll with....do better with 30 lb elect....have a new 9.8 nissan 4 stroke that does well also......when battery gets low fire up the gas motor.....

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    The Etecs will troll fairly well.

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    I prefer the peace and quiet of trolling with my trolling motor that has an A/P but I am prepared to use the big motor in a pinch. Like Jwhite, my 90 Merc 2-stroke needs a little help to get down to 1.7 or so. I have tried several trolling plates but ended up using a 48" Cabela's driftsock instead. That sucker will let me creep along even in a decent wind.
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    I troll with my minn kota elec. I hooked up a speed wheel on the back of my boat and hooked to my fish finder. At 5 speeds I have 5 different m.p.h. choices. I dont know why but I never catch fish on the same trolling speed.Its different from day to day.
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    back before the advent to energy efficent electrics, just about everyone i knew, including myself, used gas engines. however you couldnt use the big motor for crappie trolling as it pushed the boat too fast at idle speed . i used a little 2&1/2 hp johnson kicker, and even that, on a 14 ft alumacraft pushed the boat too fast at idle speed. the only way i could get it slow enough for long line trolling was to grind the prop off till it pushed the boat at the speed i wanted at a little above idle. when i bought the sea ark the johnsons shaft was too short and i never bought another troller. i did use a friends honda some, but never could get the sea arks speed adjusted to where i wanted it. the honda was a 4 stroke and would never idle good, especially for hours at a time so i quit trolling for the most part. i dont know how fast i was going back then as we had no way to measure our speed, but it was s -l - o - w...
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    Default Speed is the key.

    When Trolling, speed is the most important part of it!!!!!! Fine adjustability is the key to put the jig at the depth you want it. I use a MK Powerdrive V2 with AP and a speed sensor mounted on my trolling motor connected to my depthfinder. With this I can make slight adjustment in hundredths MPH. I know a .10 mph can make a difference in 1.5 ft pulling 1/16 oz. jig with my setup. I use mostly 1/16 oz. jigs with 45 ft. of line out.

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    Minn Kota electric. .4 to 1.2 mph. Quiet and Peaceful. I use 1/32ths most of the time. Sometimes 1/24 & 1/16.

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    I use my electric motor as long as there is no wind. If its windy I have a 2.5 HP Suzuki four stroke that works well. These are on an 18' John boat.

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