Inshore Fishing 201

How big should you go?

Lesson 85

  • Beaugautreau says:

    A few years ago I had a 70# riptide on a 16.5’ lake sport. Plenty of but the handle but after a few trips the handle switch gave me issues and I sheared off the prop pin several times while I was fishing. Every time was on a small impact while marsh fishing. I just bought a 2018 H22 bay Xpress which came with a 24 volt 80 # riptide. I wanted to swap it out when I bought the boat but the dealer didn’t want to give me anything for it so I kept it. However I am already having issues with the handle switch. And it is not even a year old. I personally do not like the minn Kota riptide and would not recommend it. However I don’t know of another motor either.

  • Devin says:

    Hey Beau, thanks for your feedback!

  • towboater says:

    Hey Devin I’m running a 21.5′ older Sea Pro C/C and use a 24 volt 80# Riptide tiller style it has served me well so far but I’m thinking of going wireless. I want to be able to move about the boat but yet still have control over the motor and boat. I would like to find one I can link up with my Elite to follow some waypoints and really work some bank lines and rocks over

  • Devin Denman says:

    Sounds like a great idea!

  • Bigjohnson says:

    19 foot twin vee bay cat 70 lb thrust riptide. 80 would do better. The tiller sucks. Foot pedal with gps next buy. When i’m On the bite it’ll make life easier

  • dpslaf0324 says:

    I have a Minn Kota Terrova I-Pilot trolling motor that can be controlled by a foot pedal or a remote control. It has great features like anchor lock that will hold you in place while catching a fish and auto pilot that can be set to keep you on course while trolling a shoreline. All of these features free up your hands and feet to keep you concentrating on the fish!!! My trolling motor also has built in transducer that can connect to my depth finder on the front of the boat. Spend whatever you can afford to get every feature possible.

  • Devin Denman says:

    Good points. The Ultrex I use has all the same features, plus a cable controlled foot pedal. Thanks for commenting.

  • Cholmes67 says:

    I have a 22ft bulls bay and I had a 24v 80 lb mini kota riptide. I absolutely hated the tiller handle. Sometimes especially windy days i felt i was fooling with the motor more than i was fishing. I just put a motor guide xi5 with pin point gps on it. I have the hand remote and wireless foot control. Haven’t had a chance to fish with it yet but can’t wait. Been busy doing all my pre spring maintenance making sure everything is in tip top shape for the spring.

  • Devin Denman says:

    I hear you loud and clear.

    Good move on getting the equipment in good shape first before beating your rig all spring and summer and fall.

    I’m doing the same thing!

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