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mojipa posted 02-12-2004 11:39 PM ET (US)   Profile for mojipa   Send Email to mojipa  
I am buying a Brand New Montauck with a 90 horse Merc 4 stroke and was wondering if the motor will go slow enough for trolling. Anyone have any experience trolling with a 90 horse motor?



AQUANUT posted 02-13-2004 02:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for AQUANUT  Send Email to AQUANUT     
congrats on the montauk...I got a 2004 with a 115hp efi 4 stroke and love far as trolling goes ...depends on what your trolling for...if its saltwater game fish ..its prob fine...but trolling for lake trout [slower speed than for dolphin sailfish etc.....ya might consider a happy troller type bolt on plate
Moe posted 02-13-2004 09:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
Here's a chart made from some Boating magazine boat test data: .

Idle's a bit lower than 1000 rpm, so you should be able to get down close to 3 mph without a trolling plate or dragging a bucket. Depends on the fish and time of year whether that's slow enough.


baybug posted 02-13-2004 10:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for baybug  Send Email to baybug     
Yes. I do it with my 90 Yamaha. I use a tolling sock to get down to .8 mph on Lake Erie. Low 2 mph with out depending on wind and wave conditions.
mojipa posted 02-13-2004 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for mojipa  Send Email to mojipa     
Thanks everyone for the info. The chart is useful. I mostly troll for Kokanee Salmon on Lake Coeurd'Alene in Idaho, so I might consider the trolling sock as an option on non-windy days. Im chomping at the bit to get my boat. Had to be ordered in. Ive never owned a Whaler before but am excited to have one.


erik selis posted 02-14-2004 12:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Congrads on your new Montauk Jim !

I have a 90-hp 2-stroke on my 170 and have no problem trolling with it. I have fished both on fresh and salt water with it. For the saltwater fishing I sometimes even have to go up to 1200 rpm's to get the right speed. Then of course I am using smaller plugs than in fresh water. I mainly fish in the Med (Tuna, Bontio, Baracuda or in the English Channel for Sea Bass)

When I troll for walleye or pike I do have to get the slowest possible speed out of her. Still it works for me and I have caught many fish at these trolling speeds.

I guess it totally depends on the size of lure, the depth you want to fish it and what type of fish you are fishing for.



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