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,Hello People, I am looking for tips on slowing down my boat for trolling, without resorting to a kicker motor.  I recently replaced my boat, and the new one has a 90 Honda, on idle I can't get much below 2 mph. I was thinking of two drift socks off the back, If anyone on this board have any suggestions I would love to hear them. 

 

Thank you

Greg

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Drift sock, pail, trolling plate  They will all work

Just which one you want to deal with

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Silly question Greg, I'm assuming you need to get down slower for walleye?   Cause 2mph is about the absolute minimum out in Lake O even in the early spring.   Those browns/lakers will chase down anything.

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I drop my bowount in and run it backwards against my main engine if I have to, or just use the bowmount. 

 

S. 

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If you use trolling bags hang them off the bow cleats on either side.  I inherited 2 of them with my new boat last year and found them a pain when trolling.  But they just got in the way at the back of the boat. Long story short I now have a kicker, but definately hang them off the front if you use em!  I gave up and just used my bowmount to troll pickerel speed last season on smaller waterbodies, but that doesn't work so well on Erie when the wind is up.

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Yes I like mine on the bow as well. I'll use one or 2 depending on the time of year and the speed I'm looking for.

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I use a trolling plate and to help with steering I've added a notch between full up and full down position. For added maneuverability you can also drill holes on the face of the plate. 

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Good tips guys. thanks. i never thought about dragging the bags from the bow cleats, i already have the drift socks, so I will try this out. 

 

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I prefer a trolling plate over drift socks. I found drift socks were harder to control in choppy waters. The best solution is a small kicker, good to have back up power too just in case. I bought a kicker even though the 115 trolled just fine.

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3 hours ago, stasbrute said:

Good tips guys. thanks. i never thought about dragging the bags from the bow cleats, i already have the drift socks, so I will try this out. 

 

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I use a Minn Kota drift sock on the bow cleat on one side with a short rope extension. But not too long or it will get to the prop. Steering is challenging as the boat pulls to one side.  Just a tip. I’ve wrecked several drift socks by taking off without pulling them in. By the time you notice they’ve ripped apart. 🙄

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