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Offline bustedoldman

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outboard vs electric trolling motors
« on: July 13, 2020, 08:38:40 AM »
I just picked up a 18' Tracker Targa, it has a 115hp power plant but I want a trolling motor as well. Should I go with 2 or would either one do the job?

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Re: outboard vs electric trolling motors
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2020, 08:43:40 AM »
Depends on where you are fishing and what for.

If you are salmon fishing in the sound for coho trolling 3.5 mph into the wind it's a completely different story than moving around on a lake casting to weeds.

For that boat, you MIGHT be able to get away with one of the huge electrics, but it's pretty much a gas kicker show.  That said, it seems to be trendy on the Columbia to run both and use the electric to steer as they are easier and cheaper to work into autopilots compared with the rear gas kicker.


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Re: outboard vs electric trolling motors
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2020, 09:04:01 AM »
If money is not a problem, an electric on really calm days is pretty awesome. I absolutely love being able to troll without any engine noise.

But as Stein said, when you throw in wind and current, electrics get overpowered pretty quick. You also need to carry a ton of extra weight in batteries.

I used to throw throw an electric on a boat I used to have about that size when I was trolling slow for Kings and I know itíd be calm. But my max speed with it was a couple miles an hour.

If youíre getting one, a gas outboard is better for salmon in the salt no question.

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Re: outboard vs electric trolling motors
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2020, 09:15:53 AM »
an electric isn't going to push(pull) that boat much faster than 2.5 mph at full "throttle".  At that speed the batteries won't last more than maybe 3 hours.

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Re: outboard vs electric trolling motors
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2020, 09:17:35 AM »
bow mount electric trollers are becoming more popular in the salt, but i agree, gas for that for sure.
i see you're in moses lake so not sure how often you drag it across the mountains.
i like the gas kicker even on a smaller boat just due to the fact that if something goes wrong with your main, an 8 or 9.9 is gonna get you home MUCH more safely than an electric.

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Re: outboard vs electric trolling motors
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2020, 07:39:57 AM »
didn't check to see that my "neighbor" was asking this question.  I said electrics don't go much past 2.5 mph and at that rate usually poop out after 3 hours.   I also have an 8 hp kicker on my boat from the saltwater days when I lived in Kirkland. Over here it doesn't get much use.  My big motor gets more hours per year than the little one.  In saltwater the ratio was at least 10 hours on the little one to one hour on the big one.

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Re: outboard vs electric trolling motors
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2020, 08:50:51 AM »
If you're only going to get one, get gas. I have both and only run my electric in the salt on calm non ripping current days. That said I use my electric for trout, kokanee and sockeye where I'm not fighting current and wind.

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Re: outboard vs electric trolling motors
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2020, 09:14:11 AM »
I put both on my hewescraft here on the dry side. Trolling into the wind with a copilot bow mount was always preferred. Iíve also used both at the same. Never had an issue with batteries because my kicker charged them.

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Re: outboard vs electric trolling motors
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2020, 09:35:36 AM »
Thanks everyone...I think Iíll buy both eventually but start with a gas one.

 


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