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09-28-2021 12:13 PM
last chance
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I still have 2 and half years left on my motor warranty, i'm guessing drilling holes into anything would probably void the warranty.
it probably would but check with them.
09-28-2021 12:12 PM
last chance
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Originally Posted by Tappin' Bottom View Post
you have to drill into your lower unit to mount it, and if you forget to disengage it then you could damage/bend it if you throttle up too quickly. that may be unlikely depending on how fast you throttle up but it's a possibility. other than that they are a great option.
you have to drill 4, 1/4" holes in the cavitation plate. as far as bending the plate if you throttle up it will on the happy troller. I know because I did it on the 1st day of a 4-day fishing trip to lake Erie. so I switched to the easy troller which is made so the lower half swings up if you throttle up. and the one time I forgot the plate worked like a charm.
09-28-2021 08:44 AM
rogueriver I still have 2 and half years left on my motor warranty, i'm guessing drilling holes into anything would probably void the warranty.
09-27-2021 08:32 PM
Tappin' Bottom you have to drill into your lower unit to mount it, and if you forget to disengage it then you could damage/bend it if you throttle up too quickly. that may be unlikely depending on how fast you throttle up but it's a possibility. other than that they are a great option.
09-27-2021 11:59 AM
last chance
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I trolled yesterday with the bag tied off the front cleat and it worked much better. Not for walleye but for crappie and saugeye and caught a few crappie and 1 saugeye, spent a lot of time playing with and adjusting the bag and learning how to read my garmin better, i'm starting to get the hang of things. was able to get down to 1.2 mph

I do think a trolling plate would be easier to use but what are the negatives?

I'm liking just putting around the lake enjoying the day while trolling so i can see myself fishing this way a good bit, so a trolling plate seems like it would be easier than deploying the bag??
it affects boat control a little more than 2 trolling bags, but not as much as 1 bag or drift socks without the back of the bags not tied off.

some people say it affects backing up. i used a plate for 30+ yrs and never had a reason to back up with the plate in the down position. and with the plate up I never even noticed any difference.
09-27-2021 08:33 AM
rogueriver I trolled yesterday with the bag tied off the front cleat and it worked much better. Not for walleye but for crappie and saugeye and caught a few crappie and 1 saugeye, spent a lot of time playing with and adjusting the bag and learning how to read my garmin better, i'm starting to get the hang of things. was able to get down to 1.2 mph

I do think a trolling plate would be easier to use but what are the negatives?

I'm liking just putting around the lake enjoying the day while trolling so i can see myself fishing this way a good bit, so a trolling plate seems like it would be easier than deploying the bag??
09-27-2021 06:09 AM
last chance
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Originally Posted by Tappin' Bottom View Post
I used to have an old 16' starcraft that I couldn't get slower than 2.5 mph as well. I tied a 5 gallon bucket to the front of the boat and a tail of the rope in the boat to retrieve the bucket. steering was no problem and it worked great. I ended up getting a trolling plate that worked fine and got similar results. ended up selling the boat because the motor was a 2 stroke and mama didn't like the smoke hanging in the boat when the wind was just right. but the moral is the bucket worked great and was cheap to do. I'd do it again if the situation arises again that warrants it. tying a drift sock to a cleat will get the results you describe and be in the way when you're pulling in fish. splitting the difference still leaves interference and moves your pivot point behind the boat. I'd rather have it towards the front for maneuverability. Trolling plate works too if you're willing to consider it, that too though has its downsides but it does work.
with the bag tied to your front cleat you only need enough rope out so the bags open. i had a 21' glass cobia with a 350 vorteck motor. my bags were only out just far enough to tie off to the back of the boat. then we used the back rope to pull the bags in. they never got in the way.

if you do try a trolling plate you want the easy troller plate. the bottom half of the plate is hinged and spring-loaded. the bottom half of the plate swings up if you do forget to raise it and take off. a bent plate can ruin the whole trip. if you need a plate to try I have one for 65.00 plus shipping.
09-26-2021 08:45 PM
Tappin' Bottom I used to have an old 16' starcraft that I couldn't get slower than 2.5 mph as well. I tied a 5 gallon bucket to the front of the boat and a tail of the rope in the boat to retrieve the bucket. steering was no problem and it worked great. I ended up getting a trolling plate that worked fine and got similar results. ended up selling the boat because the motor was a 2 stroke and mama didn't like the smoke hanging in the boat when the wind was just right. but the moral is the bucket worked great and was cheap to do. I'd do it again if the situation arises again that warrants it. tying a drift sock to a cleat will get the results you describe and be in the way when you're pulling in fish. splitting the difference still leaves interference and moves your pivot point behind the boat. I'd rather have it towards the front for maneuverability. Trolling plate works too if you're willing to consider it, that too though has its downsides but it does work.
09-20-2021 08:00 PM
blackeyes
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just make sure and tie the back of the bag to the back of the boat if at all possible. when I tried bags without being tied they would drift out away from the boat and then swing back causing the boat to go back and forth making holding a heading very hard. the trolling bag I use now with the backs tied works so much better.
This is how I set mine up to
09-04-2021 01:14 PM
last chance
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Thanks for all the great tips and ideas guys. i'll give what i have a try off the front cleat and see how its does.
just make sure and tie the back of the bag to the back of the boat if at all possible. when I tried bags without being tied they would drift out away from the boat and then swing back causing the boat to go back and forth making holding a heading very hard. the trolling bag I use now with the backs tied works so much better.
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