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How to get a Bigger Motor Trolling Slower?

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Just wondering what peoples experience has been to get a bigger motor to troll down slower. I have a 115hp and would like it to troll down to the 2mhp range. Right now it's getting to the 3mph range which is too fast for what I want it to do.

I've considered a drift sock. I have a little 4hp Evinrude I could use as a kicker. Would change of pitch prop maybe do it? Or maybe one of those attachments to the outboard with the spring loaded flap that covers the prop at slower speeds and kicks up when pushing the boat faster?

The less I have to hassle with something when I'm on the water the better. I'm leaning away from drift sock because I'd need to put it in and pull it out everytime switching spots which would be a pain run and gunning trolling walleyes once a year like we do.



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Look up trolling plates at cabelas. I have the spring loaded trolling plate on my 90 merc and it trolls down to 1 mph. They run around $100 if I remember right. Get the black spring loaded one not the one you would have to manually lift. The spring loaded plate moves as you increase the throttle. Doesn't hurt top end speed either. I've had mine for 3 years now and love it.

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If you have a bow mount trolling motor you can use that as well, put it down and turn it sideways. I put mine down on my 1750 Fishawk and it slows me down enough to pull bottom bouncers at .8mph going forward.

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