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Trolling motor advise
I bought a pontoon this year and have retired my golf clubs.Fish On
I am hooked into trolling now and I am trying to figure out what trolling motor i should get?
My boat has a Mercury 115 hp on it, would a trolling plate work or should i get a trolling motor.
Thanks for any advise!
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Last year I got an EasyTroller Trolling Plate for my 40 HP Yamaha 4-stroke on my 16 ft alumiwel. Makes slow trolling from 1.5 to 2.5 easy. Without the plate I can troll around 2.8 and up.

If your 115 is a 4 stroke then it is simple. Otherwise, if it is a 2-stroke it will tend to load up rich on fuel.

They are about $130 and good up to 300 HP. Fairly simple to mount and use.
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Trolling plates work good, and because your toon is not likely to ever get fast enough to "jump waves" you will not have issues with the plate breaking.

I use to have one but my boat was often taking on heavy water at fast speeds and the pounding the plate took, even when fully open, when the boat pounded big waves, would break it about once every 3 years.
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Depends on whether buying extra gas is an issue. Your 115 will really use a lot more fuel and it may load up or foul plugs due to running slow for long periods of time. I really like my 4 stroke trolling motor but they can be expensive to buy and I don't like the second motor cluttering the back of the boat. But I do like the safety of having a redundant motor. A trolling plate will work, you may have to modify it slightly. A hole through the center can allow you to hit the speed range a little easier. All in all I like the trolling motor but I could get buy with the primary if necessary. Hope that helps. J
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THANKS for the advise maybe i will try the trolling plate first and see how that goes.
I usually get to 20 mph top speed when i got the motor opened up.
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I run a 8 hp trolling motor, I've figured I can replace 5 or 6 of them for the price of my 150 hp I just run the link bar between the main and the kicker and a troll master throttle control, been very happy with the setup, there's also peace of mind having spare propulsion if something happened to the main motor, it wouldn't be fast but it sure would beat rowing.
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I second what Tjet said. While getting a trolling plate is the cheaper option up front, if you end up having to replace your main motor because of all those extra hours you put on it, it's not worth it in the long run.


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