How to slow a boat down for trolling

rudedogsurfrat

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I have a 16ft aluminum with a 30hp honda 4 stroke.
When trolling for trout it is just a hair too fast to use spoons or flashers. It trolls the rapala well.

I can't put a trolling plate and don't have an electric trolling motor.
I've heard you can use a drift sock. What is the setup for that?

Thanks
 

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5 gallon bucket and a rope work to, just drill some holes in the bottom and hang it off a cleat down the middle. Put a small float on the rope near the handle so it won't sink out when you stop. I've seen guys put the rope down a couple pieces of pvc so the rope can't get near the prop.

wth it works :D
 
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If you can afford it I'd suggest a 6hp trolling motor. I can troll dead slow with my 10hp but it's on a 21' glass boat.
 

rudedogsurfrat

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so far the bucket, backtrolling and trimming up sounds good.
do you just attatch one bucket to the cleat?
My boat has no power tilt and trim so I would have to pull it up. Just gotta make sure that the boat is getting enough waterflow.
I know the do alot of back trolling up north. Californians would think I was nuts.
I don't have a fat guy to throw up front. Does anyone have a brother in law to lend out?
 

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so far the bucket, backtrolling and trimming up sounds good.
do you just attatch one bucket to the cleat?
My boat has no power tilt and trim so I would have to pull it up. Just gotta make sure that the boat is getting enough waterflow.
I know the do alot of back trolling up north. Californians would think I was nuts.
I don't have a fat guy to throw up front. Does anyone have a brother in law to lend out?
Sorry...no BIL to lend out. But I'd be happy to lend you my SIL. You will have to listen to her yap until you tie her off to a cleat and pitch her overboard to use as a sea anchor.
 

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I use the bucket method. I would'nt advise back trolling.
 

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Aluminum boat you should have at least one of these. Slower troll or stabilize/slow your drift on windy days.

18" Drift Anchor Sock / Fishing Boat - eBay (item 200188471474 end time Jan-07-08 12:23:31 PST)
The drift sock is clearly the best method. Trust me on this one....I slow troll all the time. I use a 32 inch drogue from West Marine and get 2-3 seasons out of one. Not sure if the one above will hold up over time.

Just tie the leading rope (sturdy) to your bow winch eye and the trailing rope (smaller) with extra scope to a cleat mid-ship. This makes it easy to deploy or remove.

Steering is a bit tricky at first but you'll get used to it.

Rick
 

jim isbell

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Buckets are a last resort IMO, but better to have one rigged and ready just in case. If you have a small boat AND lose your power, trust me, you want something out NOW to keep that nose into the swell, otherwise it could cost you more than you can imagine if you start taking on heavy water. Discussion, why drill holes? I know it will not hold as firm with water flowing through the bucket, so what advantage do you gain with the holes? Second, does ANY of the buckets made have a handle that won't simply tare off? My "Shurhold" has a great looking handle--but so what? Same comment and question with my Yeti, I paid a lot but would that help one bit with a strong ocean pull on it?
 

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I used to drag the wife behind the boat to slow me down but something big eventually got her. The only problem was she was not always as happy as my Lab when she got back into the boat..............guess that is what beer is for.
 
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On my 226, I tie a bucket to the fore cleat. Bucket runs mid to aft, clear of fish being
retrieved. One bucket slows me from 2.7 to 1.9-2.1 pretty well. Doesn't hit boat. No holes. Main thing to remember is to retrieve before resetting. Otherwise you end up with just a handle. LOL.
 

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Seems like you could drag something , put 200 lbs. of sand in the bow or change your prop. I am little surprised no one has suggested putting 2 inches of water in the bottom of the boat.
 

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buy a used prop and cut off 1/2 inch off the blade tips..then try..and then cut more if necessary. can use this when at lake fishing then put on proper one when doing other stuff. better than dragging buckets or socks.
 

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Trim the engine up, if it is still to fast put a small drift shoot off the side. Cheapest way to get to the slow speed. On my 17' whaler I use a 18" kayak drift shoot off the side cleat.
 

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Pretty sure he figured it out by now. It's only been 12 years.

The answer....BUCKETS.

Just tie off in two places. One mid ship to slow you down and one at the bucket to keep from rolling under the boat. Easy peasy.
 

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Many rental boat users drag their anchors, slowing them down considerably. I have only seen a few of them trolling at the same time though.

I tried to wave them off and indicate their anchor was deployed and still had them snag my lines with their concrete block at the perfect trolling speed.