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What size of trolling motor would you suggest for a 10 foot Jon boat. I will be fishing on fairly big water (in no wake zones or lakes that have motor size regs.) so I want to be getting around pretty good.

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from Panfry101 wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

I have a 35lb thrust trolling motor on my 14 foot aluminum skiff, which is my primary freshwater fishing boat. Set on the highest speed with a fully charged battery, I can get moving pretty good. They make amazing motors now though, capable of nearly double of what I have on mine. Go as high as you can for your budget, you can not have too much electric motor on a boat, assuming you can tone down the speed enough where you can go into "stealth mode" in a cove. My biggest suggestion for fishing with an electric is, if you plan on turning it on sporadically, lower the setting and keep it running the whole time you're fishing. If you have a foot petal steering system for it, this isn't much of a problem. Fish will adjust to the noise if it is constant, but sporadic noise vs constant noise/no noise has been a factor fishing similar coves on similar days for me. Good luck! I hope this helps.

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from Gilltheman wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Optima battery and a 50lb. thrust and you will be safe and efficient without wasted weight and power. Or if you choose 72lb. thrust is wonderful.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

I have heard you can get to big of a motor and bog your boat down is this true?

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from Al Burian wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Sorry for the multiple responses, but the webpage was laggy.

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from RANGERMANZ20 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

The biggest you can afford in the 12volt range, and be sure to take a spare battery with you.

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from Panfry101 wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

I have a 35lb thrust trolling motor on my 14 foot aluminum skiff, which is my primary freshwater fishing boat. Set on the highest speed with a fully charged battery, I can get moving pretty good. They make amazing motors now though, capable of nearly double of what I have on mine. Go as high as you can for your budget, you can not have too much electric motor on a boat, assuming you can tone down the speed enough where you can go into "stealth mode" in a cove. My biggest suggestion for fishing with an electric is, if you plan on turning it on sporadically, lower the setting and keep it running the whole time you're fishing. If you have a foot petal steering system for it, this isn't much of a problem. Fish will adjust to the noise if it is constant, but sporadic noise vs constant noise/no noise has been a factor fishing similar coves on similar days for me. Good luck! I hope this helps.

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from Gilltheman wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Optima battery and a 50lb. thrust and you will be safe and efficient without wasted weight and power. Or if you choose 72lb. thrust is wonderful.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

I have heard you can get to big of a motor and bog your boat down is this true?

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from Al Burian wrote 1 year 23 weeks ago

Sorry for the multiple responses, but the webpage was laggy.

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from RANGERMANZ20 wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

The biggest you can afford in the 12volt range, and be sure to take a spare battery with you.

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