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Trolling in a Grady

Old 03-31-2019, 06:10 PM
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hey guys, dumb question but since I am changing my “boating style” from my bass and bay boats, cannot very well add a trolling motor to this thing lol.

I used to love my ipilot trolling motor as I would tell it “keep me in this area” and we could jig for fish.

so, how do you stay in a fairly small area without dropping an anchor?

mostly looking at how to work rigs without typing up to the, or dropping anchors on pipelines.

I know there has to be a trick to working them without being at the helm while you watch everyone else fish heh.

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Old 03-31-2019, 06:34 PM
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They make big azz bow mounted trolling motors exactly for this purpose for larger boats. These things have Up to 7' shafts and guys are putting them on 30' boats. I think there are a few threads on here about this. It ain't cheap, but they have spot lock feature.

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Old 03-31-2019, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Jim Beam View Post
They make big azz bow mounted trolling motors exactly for this purpose for larger boats. These things have Up to 7' shafts and guys are putting them on 30' boats. I think there are a few threads on here about this. It ain't cheap, but they have spot lock feature.
wow lol, who’d thunk it heh. Well, I am betting there are less expensive ways but I will check that out, thanks

I was wondering if they used auto pilot to try that while trolling or something.
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Old 04-01-2019, 03:11 AM
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I have my fiancé or dad with me when I’m fishing these days. I keep on the mark with careful throttle control, wind and wave monitoring, and how their casts perform at distance. If you want truly hands free ability, you’re going to want what’s described above. I still can’t get over those shafts on the front of offshore boats though.
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Old 04-01-2019, 03:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Loneshark211 View Post
I have my fiancé or dad with me when I’m fishing these days. I keep on the mark with careful throttle control, wind and wave monitoring, and how their casts perform at distance. If you want truly hands free ability, you’re going to want what’s described above. I still can’t get over those shafts on the front of offshore boats though.
Yea, me either. I think, as long as I stay aware and away from the rigs when on fish, it will be stopping the boat, helping them, and make sure to look around at all times and also chirps on the monitors heh.

To me, those huge trolling motors would be a pain in the neck, I bet.

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Old 04-01-2019, 03:53 AM
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The huge trolling motors are the best thing for offshore fishing over small areas to come around in YEARS. The only other hands free way to hold in a spot is with something like Optimus Position Hold feature. Otherwise you might as well figure on being stuck at the helm if you don't want to anchor. Or setting up a drift.
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Okay, so curious... does it pull up easy, or draw up electronically?

So often, people forget it is there and then get going and BAM.. rip the thing off.. heh

How is it on drawing back up and placing?

Thanks for the info, btw.. not totally against it, just was not expecting people used one on this size boat heh.

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I take a 10lb weight attached to a bright orange crab pot buoy and once I mark the wreck I toss it over. I'll use that as a reference point to keep drifting by it. I prefer to do that than play throttle jockey all day trying to stay in one spot.
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Okay, so curious... does it pull up easy, or draw up electronically?
There are both versions. Minn Kota Ulterra/Terrova and Rhodan are the brands
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Furuno autopilot has a Sabiki mode that will keep you in one spot, check YouTube for demos. In the process today installing the Navpilot 300pg just for that purpose, jigging on Lake Erie. Can't say how it works yet but my research looks good. Also has a remote point and shoot to change direction if needed. The installation is going ok, had to order an autopilot installation kit from Seastar. Once it arrives should be rather simple.
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Rig hook man. Why wouldnt you tie up, can fish much more effective trust me.
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The Rhodan is manually raised and lowered. I am usually the person doing it 30 miles offshore. It’s not terrible to me as we usually move 4 or 5 times during the day. I don’t think you’ll forget it for the cost. It’s definit a game changer for bottom fishing.
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Originally Posted by arczr2 View Post
Rig hook man. Why wouldnt you tie up, can fish much more effective trust me.
Oh, rig hook is a must. I am just an "old school" hunting guy... learned that if you do not know who owns "the other side of the fence"... it ain't you, so do not cross it.. heh.. and I just am leery of touching someone else's property, even just to hook up.

That being said, as I get more comfortable knowing the boat, knowing the people out there, I am sure I will adjust that when needed. I like understanding my alternatives is all. I also plan to keep a couple cases of beer onboard specifically to trade shrimpers and/or rig guys to build a network of friends out there.. heh.

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Originally Posted by SaintLarry View Post
Furuno autopilot has a Sabiki mode that will keep you in one spot, check YouTube for demos. In the process today installing the Navpilot 300pg just for that purpose, jigging on Lake Erie. Can't say how it works yet but my research looks good. Also has a remote point and shoot to change direction if needed. The installation is going ok, had to order an autopilot installation kit from Seastar. Once it arrives should be rather simple.
Sounds great. Going to try to keep everything Garmin, for simplicity, but with the nmea 2000 backbone, good to know there are options. I am currently debating the Garmin Steadycast vs 9-axis heading sensor.. I do not think the 5x price difference is worth the differences, but making sure before I order one today. The end goal is auto pilot, so do not want to waste money..heh

Thanks!

Keep me posted on how you are doing, please?

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I believe the bow of your Grady would be too high off the water for a tm to effectively work. Why not try a drift sock?

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