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Old 04-12-2010, 12:14 PM
GordonLuck GordonLuck is offline
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Default Re: need to slow down for trolling

Earlier poster mentioned pulling a drift sock behind the boat - I tried that this weekend with a drift sock (purchased from West Marine) behind my Sea Pro 180cc with 90hp Johnson. I only have one and put it out on the starboard side. It did drop my speed from 3.5 mph to about 2.2 mph. However, the sock rolled up/down, left/right and twisted badly. I could not control my direction at all. Maybe if I had an identical one out on the port side the direction control would have been better but I doubt it considering the way it rolled and all. I do like Bhudda's 5-gal bucket solution and will probably try that before surrendering to the "happy troller" option. Anyway, in my experience with drift sock on back of just one side, it didn't work at all and I just settled for trolling at 3.5 mph.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:48 AM
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Earlier poster mentioned pulling a drift sock behind the boat - I tried that this weekend with a drift sock (purchased from West Marine) behind my Sea Pro 180cc with 90hp Johnson. I only have one and put it out on the starboard side. It did drop my speed from 3.5 mph to about 2.2 mph. However, the sock rolled up/down, left/right and twisted badly. I could not control my direction at all. Maybe if I had an identical one out on the port side the direction control would have been better but I doubt it considering the way it rolled and all. I do like Bhudda's 5-gal bucket solution and will probably try that before surrendering to the "happy troller" option. Anyway, in my experience with drift sock on back of just one side, it didn't work at all and I just settled for trolling at 3.5 mph.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:57 AM
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Default Re: need to slow down for trolling

I couldn't troll slower than 4 knots for king salmon in Alaska when I ran a charter boat. Everyone said that was much too fast! Well, I covered alot of water quickly and never had a problem getting lots of fish! One of the best striper guides I know trolls u rigs at 4 mph. Put your baits at the right depth and you should be fine with most rigs.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:10 PM
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Why so slow?
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:58 PM
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Default Re: need to slow down for trolling

Our boat slows down from around 3.5 with no gear out to 2 with ten rods including two planer boards out. Check it out to see how it behaves with all the gear you want to use. Even 3.5 should not be too fast.
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:04 AM
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I love my "Trol A Matic" trolling plate. I bought one soon after I bought my boat about 10 years ago. I have a 60 hp Yamaha and I couldn't slow it down to the speed I wanted and with 4 screws it's easy to install and remove when not in use. I have no problem with boat control and I might have lost about 2 to 3 knots of speed when on plane at full throttle. There's no cables or locking mechanisms, etc. It operates on a couple of springs that do their own thing. Install it and forget it. Hope this helps.
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