Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
  • RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
LwnmwnMan2

Do you like your co-pilot?

Recommended Posts

This is not a thread on whether or not you should be taking your wife / spouse / gf / bf / bff or whoever with you in the boat.

I'm wondering if there's anyone out there that had the co-pilot for their trolling motor, and hated it. Got rid of it before the 2nd or 3rd time out???

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I really like mine. It does exactly what its supposed to. That combined with auto piot is a very very useful tool in my boat. I wont have a trolling motor without AP and CP ever again.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've had my AP for about a month & I find it very handy. Set the direction & speed & concentrate on fishing & watching the depthfider for info & not constantly adjusting the direction. I haven't looked into the benefits of the CP. Any ideas? L2f

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Funny story,

Boat launch was busy on opener and a guy instead of leaving his boat tied to the dock, he used his co-pilot and motored his boat out a ways then went to park his truck. When he got back there was a guy swimming to his boat in high 40 degree water! Once the guy got in, he used his co-pilot and brought him back to shore. Pretty funny, thought I would share.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love the auto pilot feature. As fish4ever stated you can just set the direction along a shoreline and the speed. Then you can focus on the depth and casting. It's a hands free way of driving the boat. I would definately buy another if mine died.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I already have the autopilot. In a larger boat, waves and wind can sometimes send you off your course, and I'm just wondering if it's worth the extra $150 to have fingertip control, rather than have to use the foot pedal.

Bass - I BELIEVE it's wireless fingertip control for your trolling motor.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just added the CP this year to my AP.

I love it. It beeps for each increment in speed with distinct on and off sounds. Just soo much easier than trying to get back to the foot pedal. I strap mine to my belt loop.

No regrets. Money well spent (for a change)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Have had mine about 5 years and wouldn't be without it. And I believe it will work on any minnkota with a footpedal. It just plugs inline of the pedal so you can use both units without unhooking and hookong stuff up. Only thing is that the pedal overides the copilot when you step on it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think there is 2 different versions of the co-pilot. You just have to look at which one's work with which motors.

I love my co-pilot. I used to dread pulling out the trolling motor just because I don't like the cord running all over the boat and I never got good at the foot pedal.

My Dad was amazed. He didn't know what the heck I was doing with this little remote. He looked at the remote in my hand and said what are you doing with your car keys (thinking it was the remote from my truck)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Funny story,

Boat launch was busy on opener and a guy instead of leaving his boat tied to the dock, he used his co-pilot and motored his boat out a ways then went to park his truck. When he got back there was a guy swimming to his boat in high 40 degree water! Once the guy got in, he used his co-pilot and brought him back to shore. Pretty funny, thought I would share.

Ok, I missed something on this one. My co-pilot only has a range of about 25 feet. How far did this guys supposedly "drive" his boat out with co-pilot?

Whats the range on everyone elses co-pilot?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So this can be added to any trolling motor? I have a minkota 24v??

You should be able to add it to any minnkota motor.

This is my third year with one and I won't fish without it. It's awesome. I found mine on hsolist for $99 new so look around and you will find deals. Once you use it, you won't wanna go without.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I got my co-pilot right when I got the new boat two years ago. I have never even hooked up the foot pedal for the trolling motor. I only use the co-pilot and I love it.

I am not sure what the full range is for my remote but I have walked away from the boat by about 150' and it still worked. If you can only get 25', you may need to change the battery in the remote.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Added the Co-Pilot to a Minn Kota with A/P that I bought four years ago. Love both features.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

On my dad's boat he has both co-pilot and auto-pilot, love both of them, and have not had any problems with either.

I was going to put a minn kota with AP and CP on my grandpa/my boat, but Valv gave me a good deal on a Mototguide wireless. It has a wireless foot pedal and a wireless remote similar to the CP, but on a retractable lanyard like one for ID badges. I do like how you can mount the remote on your rod for the CP.

PS. Finally got the trolling motor on for my memorial weekend trip to winnie. Works great. Thanks Valv.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love mine too. Seems to have been working very well for me. In windy conditions, however, I prefer to operate with foot control.

Jeff

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is not a thread on whether or not you should be taking your wife / spouse / gf / bf / bff or whoever with you in the boat.

I'm wondering if there's anyone out there that had the co-pilot for their trolling motor, and hated it. Got rid of it before the 2nd or 3rd time out???

I have both the co-pilot and auto-pilot and they rock! We will be adding to my dads boat now!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't particularly like the remote for casting like we do for musky and bass because you have to change directions mid-cast whenever the wind picks up or anything which basically makes your cast useless. If anyone fished musky here they know if you have to stop your lure midway through your retrieve 90% of the time the fish will not strike. The thing I do like about it is the old wired foot pedal sucked and was not accurate at all when it came to steering but the new wireless one is awesome! We just got ours in for our Canada trip on a week and the best part is that now we can both control the boat. I can have the remote and my dad can have the foot pedal or vise versa. This way if someone gets a fish on or the boat starts going off course midway through a cast the guy in the back of the boat can fix it too. Good luck with your purchase...

Sorry for Rambling

Ryan

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We have it on our boat at the cabin. We dont fish for muskies and rarley cast for anything. Lindy rigging is king there and also vert jigging. That said, I love it. I like being able to walk to the back of the boat for a minnow and still be able to control the boat. Or even sit at the steering wheel and watch the GPS\color sonar and steer from there. You're right though it's impossible to cast and steer on a very windy day unless maybe you have the one that mounts on your rod?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's pretty sweet. I've had mine for a few years now and really enjoy having the mobility to control the boat from the remote....that being said, I only use it in calm conditions when the wind is at a minimum. A small gust can throw you off pretty quickly. The only thing I wish it had was an l.e.d. indicator that shows which speed you are currently in.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have a co pilot and love it. It can be added to any Minnkota trolling motor that is not cable driven. It attaches to the side of the trolling motor with a philips screwdriver in about 2 minutes. I keep mine on my wrist like a watch and whenever I need to make an adjustment I just push a button. I was never good at foot controlling my boat so I would hold the foot petal like a gameboy. this makes things so much easier I will never own another boat without having this in my arsenal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • I've seen a lot of options for things you can mix into the sealer before you roll it on.  I may start out going that route since I already have the sealer and the additives are cheap.  I've got a non visible area I can use as a test patch to see how it works.  I don't necessarily need it to be equal to a broomed concrete I'll settle for at least non-deadly.    Hopefully i can figure out something, my wife hates how slippery it is and is threatening to have it all torn out (the really expensive option). 
    • That is the drawback to stamped concrete.  Contractors that I have worked with, always ask, are you sure you want to do this, it will be slick.  The contractors add silica sand to the sealer.  IDK if they mix the sand with the sealer prior to application or after and roll it in.  It helps, but not a grippy as broomed concrete.  
    • I bought a new house last summer and it has a good sized stamped concrete patio off of the deck in the backyard.  It looks great and we use it a lot but the problem is that is very slippery when wet.  This winter it was like an ice rink when it had a little snow on it and in the summer its really slick when it rains or if the kids run on it with bare feet after playing in the sprinkler or pool.    I'm looking for solutions to reduce how slippery it is.  I've seen additives that I can add to the clear sealer that the old homeowner left for me (the cheap solution).  I've also see a product called Deck o Grip (the more expensive option) that looks to be a clear sealer that acts like a thin flexible rubber surface to prevent slips.  My concern with additives is that I don't want it to feel too rough on bare feet.  Most of the additives indicate you won't notice much but I'm wonder if that is true and if you don't notice anything does it really reduce slips that much?    Does anyone have experience with sealers for stamped concrete that aren't so dang slippery?
    • Every bird is around now except for a turkey. I heard them as the sun came up but I know they went to that field again. I am going to stick it out and see if I can get one to come over in a while.
    • Yep, a lot of things have to go right, right in a row, to get one with the bow.  Good luck!
    • Sat on a different property yesterday morning. With the recent snow melt I can finally drive close to it. I sat until 11:00. Had gobbling near me most of the morning. Finally about 9:00  4 jakes and a hen came out to the field followed by 2 large Toms and another hen. The jakes came cruising in to me dekes. Got as close as 7 yards but the big Toms kept there distance. I don't think they liked my strutter decoy. It is one that spins and the tail raises/lowers. Might be a bit to aggressive for this early season. They eventually walked off with the hen following them., never getting closer then 75 yards. Depending on this rain I might get out this evening/otherwise will have to wait until Friday/Saturday morning with my son...
    • I hear you! Tough luck!
    • Well the big tom slipped away from me Man He was big be was coming i ti my decoys but the hens went the otherway and he turned and followed  i drew back and almost gave it a shot but it was a wierd angle on one knee and i decided to not    i will get him friday when i go out next
    • The strange part is the better teams/points we had in the standings the worse we looked in the playoffs. It is probably a good thing to get some new eyes on the team and see what happens. I think someone else will scoop up Fletcher fairly soon, like players and coaches sometimes a change of scenery is in order.