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Aldog posted 01-05-2003 06:43 AM ET (US)   Profile for Aldog   Send Email to Aldog  
Being my first posting it seems that I put this in the wrong place in the general forum.

I'll put it here as well.

I have just purchased my first Whaler!!!!!
A dream come true!

I use my boat for various tasks, one is fresh water striper fishing with live bait. I am hesitant to drill and tryu to wire a bow mount trolling motor and am exploring the motor mounted models.

I would love to hear any feedback from users (or triers) of the motor mounted trolling motors. Minn kota has 2 models that seem to be reasonable in price, it seems another company "Navigator?" has a better range of product offering but at a larger price.
My questions would be about performace, ease of use, and difference in quality specifically.

Thanks in advance.

Dick E posted 01-05-2003 11:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick E  Send Email to Dick E     
I have a Minkota 44 mounted on my 90 hp Merc which is on my 1998 Montauk.I have used mine for 3 years.

I use my boat for fresh water striper fishing just like you.

How does it work-Pretty good,the 44 will push the boat as fast as you want to go.
Reverse is a bit weak

I fished the speed control cable thru the tunnel and have it mounted on the console.

You do not have pull your motor up every time you want to move.

One thing you have to heep in mine is keeping your lines away from the prop when your trolling
This will happen just take the nut off and clean off the line.
Motor has had no mechincal problems.

My boat on Lake Norman which is about 2 hours from you. Your welcome to come up and see it how it does or do a little fishing with me and see how it really works.
Hope this helps
Dick E

Aldog posted 01-05-2003 03:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Aldog  Send Email to Aldog     
Thanks Dick. I'm actually from the Norman area and often have occassion to be there. I may take you up on it.

How is it in wind? A post on the striper board mentioned "pulling the boat through the wind worked better than pushing it." Do you agree with that?

I am very leary of drilling in the bow, trying to pull wire, moving the bow rail, maybe moving bow lights, just seems this is a better solution.

I know this... I want to get this done quick,as I'm anxious to fish from my new boat.

Dick E posted 01-05-2003 05:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick E  Send Email to Dick E     
I agree trolling motors work better if they pull rather then push.That why most motors are on the bow

I have no problems into or with the wind.

I usually pull planner boards.
When it is really windy it hard to pull the boards no matter what motor you have.

It weighing Pros vs Cons.
I had same thoughts as you did

Using the engine mounted motor has worked for me.

Most guys around here who pull live bait for stripers use Minnkota's Autopilot's

GuyNole posted 01-09-2003 03:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for GuyNole  Send Email to GuyNole     
I have this same issue. I have a 2000 Montauk with a 75HP 2001 Merc. Have always wanted to ad a trolling motor, but always thought I would have to cut up the bow and possible remove the bow rail. If you could send me photos I would appreciated it.


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