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Old 05-03-2006, 11:34 PM
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Hi, I have a 21ft boat and 200hp outboard that I can't get under 2.6 knots at 570 rpm. "idle speed" I have been told that I should try dragging a couple of 5 gallon buckets to slow down?!? It looks like this would scare any fish away. I'm going to try it anyway I can't do any worse. Any body ever tried dragging something to slow down for trolling? Thanks
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Old 05-03-2006, 11:36 PM
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Old 05-04-2006, 12:45 AM
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Old 05-04-2006, 03:22 AM
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Presumably, if you are wanting to troll very slowly, you are going to be trolling with your lure or bait well back from the boat. Therefore, trailing a sea anchor (a bucket works fine, or you can buy commercial ones as well - basically a cloth cone), which you will tow relatively close to the stern of the boat should not create any additional problems in terms of turbulence that would scare fish.
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Old 05-04-2006, 05:30 AM
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On my old boat I used them all the time
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Old 05-04-2006, 06:41 AM
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Get a 36 inch drift bag, only about 30 dollars, works alot better then a bucket. I tied mine off the forward cleat and ran the bag about amidship, that way when you get a fish on you can reach over grab the bag by the dump strap and toss it in the boat so you dont have to worry about your fish getting tangled up in it. The biggest downside to running it there is if there are any seas or current it makes it a bitch to steer the boat, so you have to hunt for a good line to troll.
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Old 05-04-2006, 05:02 PM
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I've used buckets to slow boat down with a little success. By the time you set them, take up for trolling into current/wind, pull up when a fish hits...blah, blah, blah...it's easier to just bump in and out of gear, which, by the way, will work your baits up and down a little.
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Old 05-04-2006, 06:04 PM
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If you have trim tabs try the following. Trim the engine all the way down and trim the tabs all the way down as well. I have done this on my 23' and it seems to help slow down for the sloooow trolling.
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Old 05-04-2006, 07:12 PM
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I've used canvas trolling bags for years. These are not drift bags, but bags made of heavy canvas meant for trolling. I run mine off the bow cleats with the bag running amidships, no interference with landing a fish. You will want a pair of them to run one off each side, otherwise the boat will pull to the side. Running bags is pretty common on the Great Lakes.
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Old 05-05-2006, 12:48 AM
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I draged a 5 gallon pail behinde mt 25' Chriscraft with twin engines and with one engine in gear the speed would go from 2.5 to 1.9 kts

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Old 05-05-2006, 07:55 AM
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I usually slow troll with 1 bucket, but I'm considering adding a second bucket this year to troll even slower. I use that yellow floating line, and a big orange home depot bucket so it is easy to see. I have tried tying the bucket off to a stern cleat and to the ski pylon with similar speed results. I can drop my speed from about 2.5 knots to about 2 knots by adding the singe bucket.
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Old 05-05-2006, 08:45 AM
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Have you tried one of these??

http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catal...=SearchResults

Here is a review:

http://gulffishing.com/np06troller.html

I have never used one. Just have seen them advertised.
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Old 05-05-2006, 09:10 AM
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Buckets are way too much hassel to pick up and such...get yourself a sea anchor...get the canvas ones and not the nylon....they are more expensive but well worth it...make sure you put a small line at the end of the sea anchor to pull it in easy...

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trolling bags are the way to go for this...
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