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dirk posted 05-15-2005 01:12 PM ET (US)   Profile for dirk  
I need an trolling motor for walleye fishing. I know Minn Kota has an engine mount trolling motor (44 or 54 lbs).
It looks easy to use.
I wonder whether someone uses this kind of motor and what the (dis)advantages are. How does this motor works and how to install this motor ? Thanks for your advice.
dirk posted 05-15-2005 02:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for dirk    
I forgot to add I have a BW Montauk 2005 with Mercury 90 hp 4 stroke.
erik selis posted 05-16-2005 04:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Hi Dirk,

There was a thread here recently with a link showing some pictures of a engine mounted trolling motor. The contributor's name is jmorgan40.

Here is a link to his website with the pictures:

You may want to contact him and ask for his advice.

Here is also a link to the thread I'm talking about.

I personally think the set-up looks nice but I think manoeuvring the boat in reverse will be much less efficient than in forward. If you fish for Walleye and do a lot of back trolling I would mount a transom mounted, back-trolling motor or a bow mounted trolling motor. If you do a search with the search engine here you will find many, many threads on mounting a trolling motor on the 170 Montauk.

Regards, and good luck with your choice.


Milepost43 posted 05-16-2005 05:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for Milepost43  Send Email to Milepost43     
Have a remote control MK 74# 24v on my 220 Dauntless. Works great. Very nice to walk around to fish and still control the boat especially when I am by myself.
Marsh posted 05-16-2005 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
Here'a another vote for the remote control from Minn-Kota...that's what I've got, and I love it.

65# Riptide with autopilot/copilot. 24v


lurkynot posted 05-18-2005 04:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for lurkynot  Send Email to lurkynot     
Milepost43, I just put a Minn Kota Autopilot Riptide 74lb thrust w/60 inch shaft on my Dauntless. I ordered it from cabela's with the co-pilot feature and love the remote functionality. The power requirements are 24 volt setup.
The problem I am having and I am not sure it is unique to my situation is the batteries do not last long - 2 to 3 hours on the water when using the remote co-pilot and auto-pilot features. My question since your boat is heavier, do you experience the same drawbacks? I am not sure if it because the electric is running continuosly to keep the autopilot on track or becuase I am using a weak battery in the setup. I am only using enough juice with this technique to vertical jig against whatever force - river current an or wind. As mentioned earlier my one deep cycle battery is an older one from a camper I have, however it was rarely used despite an age of perhaps 5-6 years. The other battery is a loner from my fathers rig - brand new so I am not sure if this my be a bum leg in the power configuration. My next step is to have both batteries put to a load at an auto store nearby. Thanks
lurkynot posted 05-18-2005 04:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for lurkynot  Send Email to lurkynot     
I apoligize for not mentioning that my Dauntless is the 18' model
WT posted 05-18-2005 11:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

I took my bow rail off my 2004 Montauk so that I can fish for black bass off the bow. You can also cut the front of your bow rail to make it removable too. I had someone install the unit so I can't advise on installation.

Here are pics of my setup.¤t=DSCN0811.jpg

bsmotril posted 05-18-2005 12:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
Nice looking setup ! Where did you get the mounting base and pedestal for the front swivel seat? Also, how did you run the trolling motor cable into the console to attach to the batteries? did you install a plug in the console? BillS
WT posted 05-18-2005 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

Seat setup was purchased and installed by the Boston Whaler dealer.

I plug my trolling motor and front fish finder into the console for power.

Milepost43 posted 05-18-2005 08:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Milepost43  Send Email to Milepost43     
lurkynot, I just spent 2 wks fishing Lake Erie near Erie,PA. No problems with low batteries and I used them hard. Have a DualPro 2 bank charger and it always had batteries charged overnight. Think you have battery problems. Also, I have mine mounted on the "slide" mount from Cabellas. Lets me retract motor for trailering and road cover use.

By the way, can't say enough about how well the 220 worked on Erie for smallmouth. What a "dry" boat!!!
We had 3 days with +100 bass. On our overall best day we had 94 bass with 11 over 5# and 2 over 6#.

lurkynot posted 05-18-2005 08:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for lurkynot  Send Email to lurkynot     
Thanks Milepost43. Are you using Dual Pro batteries as well? If not which type and group size i.e. 24,27? Thanks again.
Milepost43 posted 05-19-2005 08:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Milepost43  Send Email to Milepost43     
Lurkynot, mine came from Dealer and believe they are DEKA Gel Group 27 batteries. They are sealed so haven't had them out.

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