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#5576394 - 02/01/15 11:35 AM Need to get a trolling motor for the Gator Trax, any recommendations?
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Need a battery as well.

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#5576406 - 02/01/15 11:43 AM Re: Need to get a trolling motor for the Gator Trax, any recommendations? [Re: Guy]
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#5576427 - 02/01/15 11:56 AM Re: Need to get a trolling motor for the Gator Trax, any recommendations? [Re: Cody Malone]
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Cool, thanks, I'll check them out. I want to get one installed this month, been waiting till hunting season was over. I need to see what Homey had installed. I know nothing about trolling motors, so I'm a sponge for information.

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#5576552 - 02/01/15 01:04 PM Re: Need to get a trolling motor for the Gator Trax, any recommendations? [Re: Guy]
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Trolling motors are for rookies. I use my feet. Just joking. Had to get u back saw the comment on my lay out blind question.. I don't know I have a John boat it has a motor guide nothing fancy. I'm sure there's way better stuff out there. As far as a battery don't get an optima. I've had 3 in my wakeboard boat over the years they've all crapped out. All of em short between the cells. I just get regular marine and rv batteries from Walmart now.

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#5576649 - 02/01/15 02:16 PM Re: Need to get a trolling motor for the Gator Trax, any recommendations? [Re: pervis]
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Originally Posted By: pervis
Trolling motors are for rookies. I use my feet. Just joking. Had to get u back saw the comment on my lay out blind question..

I hate layout blinds, avoid them as much as possible. I use $6 dove stool 99% of time, cut the pouch off...



I use this stool and try to sit in cover, but if I have to, I'll lay on the ground use the stool for a headrest, rarely use a layout blind.


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#5576756 - 02/01/15 03:17 PM Re: Need to get a trolling motor for the Gator Trax, any recommendations? [Re: Guy]
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I'm going to need one too.
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#5577056 - 02/01/15 06:33 PM Re: Need to get a trolling motor for the Gator Trax, any recommendations? [Re: Guy]
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Go big or go home!- 24v 80# thrust Minn Kota Ulterra with I-pilot with a 2 bank 10amp per bank onboard charger.
Dont forget your 60amp fuse and quality plugs.

Guy holler at me and I can answer any questions you got on TM's.

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#5577071 - 02/01/15 06:42 PM Re: Need to get a trolling motor for the Gator Trax, any recommendations? [Re: Guy]
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Battery- 27 series marine deep cycle, let me know when your ready for it too, I can get good deals on them.

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#5577319 - 02/01/15 08:50 PM Re: Need to get a trolling motor for the Gator Trax, any recommendations? [Re: Guy]
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I'd suggest a minn Kota terrova or power drive. What ever you do. Do not buy a motor guide. I was an ASC for them both owned a shop fixing selling rigging boats etc. Minn kota is a superior product sold by s superior company with superior customer service.

Spend the extra few bucks and get the quick mount. One little pin and the motor is removed.




Edited by ducknbass (02/01/15 08:51 PM)

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#5577457 - 02/01/15 09:40 PM Re: Need to get a trolling motor for the Gator Trax, any recommendations? [Re: Guy]
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You just wasted your breathe ducknbass!
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#5577560 - 02/01/15 10:36 PM Re: Need to get a trolling motor for the Gator Trax, any recommendations? [Re: Guy]
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If anyone knows trolling motors here I would be me

Professional fisherman/guide for 10 years, I'm 28

Minnkota 80# is big power for a duck boat.

Get good 27 series deep cycle marine batteries

If you don't want the added weight of two battery's on a 24 volt system get a high powered 12v tm

A quick release mount is good on a duck boat but I don not recommend them on glass boats that are subject to ruff water as I have seen quite a few shear in 3-5' waves causing issues.

Install is EASY!
6 bolts hold mount down
Power & ground to battery
12v system is red wire to + / black wire to -
24v system red to battery 1 + / black to battery 2 -
Add a a jumper frombatt 1 black to batt 2 red

questions to ask yourself
• Wanna buy/have two batteries or 1 - 12 or 24v system
• Hand control or foot control - going to fish a lot (foot) just going to use it to move around and pick blocks up and fish everyonce n a while - hand controlled
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#5577776 - 02/02/15 07:06 AM Re: Need to get a trolling motor for the Gator Trax, any recommendations? [Re: Guy]
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I will add that the Gatortrax boat will not track well at all while running a trolling motor. Smooth bottom mud rigs and rounded chines like a Gatortrax has means any bit of breeze will have the back of the boat going side to side.

Can it be done, of course, I have a 12 volt one and its hand controlled and does fine but nothing like a bass boat or a boat with a v bottom. I put mine on for spring and use it to go from stump to stump for blue catfishing and crappie fishing going from one spot to another but trying to troll down a bank to bass fish is not fun.

These boats will not do well just trolling in a line to fish, I know, I have tried it.
I use my bass boat when I want to bass fish or troll.

You guys buying these rounded chine boats to fish while trolling a lot will be greatly disappointed. They are great duck/mud rigs but not designed to be used with a trolling motor.

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#5577777 - 02/02/15 07:07 AM Re: Need to get a trolling motor for the Gator Trax, any recommendations? [Re: Cody Malone]
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Originally Posted By: Cody Malone
questions to ask yourself
• Wanna buy/have two batteries or 1 - 12 or 24v system
• Hand control or foot control - going to fish a lot (foot) just going to use it to move around and pick blocks up and fish everyonce n a while - hand controlled

I have new crank battery bought at beginning of season, so I was planning on getting another battery just for the TM. I would suspect TM will go on after hunting season and come off during hunting season, and probably fish every weekend March thru July..

Does it hurt these TM to sit outside say March thru July? If yes, think I for sure need the quick release..unless there is a cover I could get for it.

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#5577814 - 02/02/15 07:36 AM Re: Need to get a trolling motor for the Gator Trax, any recommendations? [Re: Guy]
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IF you want to remove it, it can still be removed very easy. IF a hand controlled like mine without the quick disconnect all you have to do is unscrew the knob on the mount and take the trolling motor off and unplug it from your front plug, this takes about 10 seconds.
The actual bracket and mount does not have to be removed.

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#5577819 - 02/02/15 07:40 AM Re: Need to get a trolling motor for the Gator Trax, any recommendations? [Re: Guy]
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Go to the MinnKota website and look at the Edge mounts and you will get an idea of what I am talking about.

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