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sweetdreams posted 07-31-2003 05:46 PM ET (US)   Profile for sweetdreams   Send Email to sweetdreams  
I am considering a troller motor to aid in my pursuit of redfish, flounder and speckled trout in southeast Texas. What size do I need? where do I mount it? where do you put the battery or batteries?
Rodger posted 07-31-2003 07:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Rodger  Send Email to Rodger     
I have used a Minn Kota 17 Lbs thrust mounted to my swim platform on a home made bracket for slow trolling in calm lakes with no wind. This set up was only done as a test to determine the minimum thrust needed. As a result I would recommend a minimum of 30 Lbs for calm or light wind conditions. I placed the trolling motor battery on the bilge access plate and bungeed it down to it. This temporary test set up worked very well and fresh Kokanee were on the menu as a result.
JohnJ80 posted 07-31-2003 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I went through this earlier this year with my dauntless 15.

I called Minnkota (recommend that you do too) for guidance. They said that you should have at least 2lb of thrust per 100lb of boat. That would say about 40lb thrust for my boat loaded.

I chose the 55lb (12V) Auto pilot with a 48" shaft and I don't find that the 55lb of thrust is too much. In winds (moderate) and currents I find that I need to run the motor at about 50% to 60% of full throttle. Most of the time I run it at about 30-40% which gives great battery life.

The times when you need to move the boat, moving up to 100% really gets her going. So, while I haven't used a lot of trolling motors, I think that the 55lb thrust is well suited for my boat.

I would guess that would work well for your boat too but I am not sure of the weight of a Montauk.

The other thing I would highly recommend, depending on your motor's alternator size is the charger from stealth1 ( . This allows me to be out all day without ever having to hook up to the AC charger. That is impossible for me since I don't have the ability to get 110VAC down to the dock.


sweetdreams posted 08-01-2003 10:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for sweetdreams  Send Email to sweetdreams     
roger and john thanks a bunch for the good info,
4Runner posted 08-02-2003 01:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for 4Runner  Send Email to 4Runner     

I use a Minn Kota PD55 on my '02 170 MT on our small lake. The 55 lbs of thrust is more than adequate.

With 25 gallons of fuel, 2 batteries, 2 guys with all their fishing gear, cooler etc., it will move the Montauk @ 1.9 mph (per fish finder paddle wheel - GPS was turned off) with the main motor still down and bimini up under light wind conditions.

Since I use the trolling motor only on the lake, the size 24 battery for it just sits on a non-skid pad in front of the cooler with bungees. With that much thrust the motor setting is usually around 2 or 3. A full charge will last me all day (around 10+ hrs).

Just be sure you swing the trolling motor under the bow rail to check for clearance before you drill the mounting holes. It is a tight fit but it will clear the rail when fully extended before lowering. It is a litte harder to raise because of the lack of leverage but I use the boat hook on the shaft out near the motor before sliding it back under the rail.


biloxi blue posted 01-05-2005 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for biloxi blue  Send Email to biloxi blue     
That's exactly the solution I had settled on. What a relief! Do you have pictures you could post?
One thing I hoped for was to use a wooden mounting "plate" rather than drill the non-skid bow step. Do you have an opinion?
Is your PD55 freshwater version?
Who did you talk to at MinnKota?
I'm no engineer, so I'd welcome some educated judgements if anyone would join the discussion. Good fishin' to you.
Marsh posted 01-05-2005 11:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
I use a 65# thrust, 24V grip-glide Riptide model from MinnKota. Got it mounted on a Cabelas slider plate on starboard side of bow. Slides in and out under bow rail real nice. Plenty of pull for the Montauk. Troller has "co-pilot", which is wireless remote control using a small fob mounted on my fishing rod handle. Also has "auto-pilot" feature, which, when activated, automatically keeps troller on same heading. Very nice feature, especially along long straight shorelines, or canals. I highly recommend this outfit.


erik selis posted 01-06-2005 04:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
I use a 12V Minn Kota 55lb thrust back-troller mounted on the transom of my 2003, 170 Montauk. I do alot of back-trolling and find this configuration to be very well suited. I have a 105Ah battery mounted inside a second cooler placed in the back of the boat that I also use as a seat while fishing. You can find some pictures on the link in my profile.

One thing about the 12V, 55lb transom mount Minn Kota motor: The mounting bracket (to the transom bracket) is made out of plastic and is worn out within a year. I had mine replaced with the casted aluminum version (on the 24V, 65lb thrust). This modification is much stronger and more reliable. Minn Kota USA sent me the new bracket free of charge except for the shipping costs. Talk about great service!


WT posted 01-07-2005 01:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     
I have a 24 volt Minnkota 74 pound thrust Powerglide. 2 group 31 AGM batteries for the trolling motor. Auto Pilot, Co-pilot and transducer.

This sucker pulls my 2004 170 at 5 mph. I have NEVER run out of battery power.

I figure if you are going to get a trolling motor, you might as well supersize it.

My 2 cents.


mojipa posted 02-19-2005 10:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for mojipa  Send Email to mojipa     
I like your seat setup. Was wondering where you got the mount and the seat for it.


WT posted 02-19-2005 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

The Outboard Motor Shop in Alameda, California installed the pedestal seat setup. Call Craig at 510-533-9290.

I'm dropping my boat off there today for the installation of a 6 hp kicker. I can't wait to get it back.

I'll post some pictures.


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