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Old 03-05-2020, 08:44 AM
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Hi guys,
When I fish a spot, I usually don't turn off my outboard. I think half of the hours I have on the motor are from idling ^^.
Do you see an issue with that? How do you do it? Do you turn off the engine when fishing?
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Old 03-05-2020, 08:54 AM
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trolling- no
drifting- maybe, depends
anchored- yes
Old 03-05-2020, 09:27 AM
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I'm in the North Pacific and rarely anchor while fishing. So running, trolling and drifting, we leave ours on all the time.
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We leave it running all day..
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Old 03-05-2020, 09:37 AM
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Why does it seem like guys with OB's leave them running while drifting? When I was growing up we always shut the diesels down when drifting & bottom fishing, everyone else around did too.
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Old 03-05-2020, 09:42 AM
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I always shut down while drifting or anchored. Unless I'm in a real short drift or congested area, but i usually try to avoid those all together. Just wasting gas and putting false hours. i can have the motors started and under power in 5-10 seconds if needed.
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I used to until my mechanic told me over half my hours were at idle. Now I shut it down.
Old 03-05-2020, 10:09 AM
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unless I'm underway the OB's are off.
Old 03-05-2020, 10:19 AM
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My fishing is almost all drift bottom fishing. Motor is off unless I’m fishing the inlet where there is congestion and very fast drifts or your fishing close to the wall or rocks.
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Old 03-05-2020, 10:39 AM
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I rarely anchor when bottom fishing...use the motors to hold over the spot. They run the whole time.
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Old 03-05-2020, 11:02 AM
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I keep it running while bottom fishing, Shut it off only if I’m on the hook which is rare. 9 out 10 times when I’m out ,the engine is running the whole time. My drifts are rarely more than 15-20 min long.
Old 03-05-2020, 11:34 AM
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I run a single and have always been mentored/trained/told to never turn it off. We almost always troll but recently have been doing some deep dropping. Been doing it for close to 30 yrs now.
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Old 03-05-2020, 11:37 AM
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I leave it running. I've had the starter fail at the ramp but never offshore.
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Old 03-05-2020, 11:44 AM
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Running all day. Quicker to reset the drift (or get out of the way from someone who has no clue). You never have to start a running engine. The batteries are charged up with all the electronics running.
Old 03-05-2020, 11:51 AM
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back in the old days of super unreliable 2-strokes, you wouldn't dream of shutting them off cause god knows they probably wouldn't start again.
I think some of that thinking rubbed off and continues unnecessarily with today's more reliable choices.

bottom line though. It's YOUR boat, run it however you are most comfortable.
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This is another topic to pops up regularly, most people leave the motor running because they fear it won't start again, it's time to give boating away if you're that concerned about reliability.
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Back in the day??? My two starts better than I do
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Old 03-05-2020, 02:34 PM
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Lookinup76 I can appreciate that training:
I had a boat with a 75 Johnson (late 70's model used in early 2000's) that required taking off the cowling and holding down the choke with a screwdriver or small child's finger to start it (2 person job). If we got it running it would stay on all day to actually get some use out of it. I would refill and mix 50:1 in the 12 gal tank while still running.
The next was a Merc 135hp 2+2 which would stall out while idling or trolling for more than 2 minutes - so yup, that one would be shut off (not by operator).
My current 2006 Optimax 150 is eons more reliable (still a little loud vs 4 stroke) so we shut it off without hesitation to save fuel/hours.
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Engines always off on the drift or on the hook, unless sword fishing or deep dropping.

I see no reason whatsoever to have them running
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Some people like a lot of noise and others do not. You can see who falls into each category.

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