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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir

Trolling motor on a Mastercraft

Post By: TrouthunterShall      Posted: 9/8/2020 4:19:30 PM     Points: 11    
OK, so I know first hand how frustrating it can be when wakeboarders buzz by a little too close, and are going a little too fast.

If I have ever done that to you, I deeply apologize, I really try my best to respect everyone on the lake, fishermen, paddleboarders, even jet skiers...

And we do enjoy wakeboarding, a lot. But the other year I realized that the fishing season lasts way longer than wakeboarding. So we started taking our mastercraft out fishing, which seems to drive some boat owners nuts. The fact that we would fish off a ski boat! But, hey, i am the one that pays storage fees, and insurance, and owning two boats just seems silly. And expensive.

After the last 25 years of flyfishing, also realized that lake fishing is pretty relaxing, and fun. But starting up a 300 HP engine every time I want to move 20 feet seems cumbersome. So, I started making a deck to mount a trolling motor! I got a 55 lb thrust trolling motor in a trade, and it seems perfect.

I am almost done, just one more run to home depot for some brackets and stainless screws, and I will be out there going for those walleye!!!
 Reply by: jdavis      Posted: Sep. 8, 4:27:18 PM     Points: 118    
I saw a wake board boat at Spinney about 5 weeks ago! They pulled up at the same time I did late on a Friday. I just glared at the guy, thinking WTH?! He didn't launch that day because it was super windy, but I did see him on the water the next day. Anchored up nymphing! Doing pretty good too! I felt kind of like an ass for the crusty look I gave him :|
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: Sep. 8, 4:50:22 PM     Points: 56993    
Looks good!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Sep. 8, 5:41:21 PM     Points: 8110    
Name not thee well yee shall not drink from! Never say never . . . .well done mister.You will be just fine.In this day and age two boats is finacial burden for most any of us.Here are a few things you may run into . . . .most of us have gotten "Ram" mounts for the motors head or top,the head tends to bounce if not fastened down,both on the road and moving around the lake when there's rough water. Next . . .is the motors shaft long enough? Be sure its long enough to get the motor fully under water and the prop.Other than that . . .see you out there!
 Reply by: rdailey      Posted: Sep. 8, 6:22:37 PM     Points: 983    
Ski/fish, Wakeboard/fish. Why not?
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Sep. 8, 11:06:01 PM     Points: 30256    
A 55lb will certainly be better than nothing. But wonít be worth much in the wind for that boat.

Lots of points for the creativity! Work a live well in as ballast somewhere and youíve got the Swiss Army knife of boats.

One of the quick disconnect plates will serve you well for days you donít plan to fish.

Agreed on the ram mount stabilizer for the shaft.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Sep. 9, 1:20:17 AM     Points: 8110    
Is the winch strap your only thing holding the front of the boat? You should add a safety chain or cable.Let others learn about it the hard way . . .take my word for it,a safety chain or cable will only get used one time in most boats life,but it's that one time that it will pay for it's self thousands times over. We have a super heavy duty cable loop with a hook on the end.(Hook has clip that keeps it on the eye)Run over something on the highway big enough to make your trailer jump up and down and watch your boat jump up and down.
Steep ramps always make me nervous too,but not with a safety cable on.
 Reply by: shiverfix      Posted: Sep. 9, 9:45:00 AM     Points: 3772    
I put a 55 lbs on my 19 ft Bayliner Cuddy. For what I want it to do it has been fine. Not sure I've really come into a time yet when It wasn't enough. Once I get up to the Columbia I will probably run into some issues when the current is running, so we'll see how that goes. But I've used it for trolling bottom bouncers, for kokes at Flaming Gorge, trout up in the mountains.... And the spot lock it great for fishing a particular hump at Chatfield.

I actually mounted the quick release right to the boat. It does leave the mount there when not in use, but haven't really had it be in the way. Of course, being a cuddy, I'm rarely at the bow of the boat. I'll see if I can find the pics of when I installed it. And yes, be sure the motor is a long shaft. Even with a long shaft, when the water gets choppy it can come out of the water.
 Reply by: Dsieg      Posted: Sep. 9, 9:36:15 PM     Points: 190    
If you are semi serious about putting the hours in fishing, you will probably get frustrated with a 12v, 55lbs thrust trolling motor. While it will move you in the water, it won't hold that boat over a hump/spot with any type of wind. You will probably also burn through a 12v charge in a couple hrs if trolling constantly. Most manufacturers have quick detach rigs. As mentioned before, make sure the shaft is long enough for the prop to be in the water or you'll have a 12v fan! Kudos to the deck rig you got on it!
 Reply by: TrouthunterShall      Posted: Sep. 10, 8:41:04 AM     Points: 11    
Thanks for the replies...
I do use a safety chain, in the picture you see the existing old worn out winch, I am in the process of putting on a new one, the safety chain is just disconnected at that moment...

I think the shaft on my trolling motor is around 46" or so. I go this motor in a trade, and just wanted to put it to use. If I like the idea of having one, I might look into a larger one, or one with a control pedal, GPS, whatever. For now, I just want to see if I like having one.

I will post the finished pics when I have it on the water!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Sep. 10, 12:58:46 PM     Points: 8110    
Safety chain = smart!
I was wondering about that winch . . . .looked odd . . .
 Reply by: TrouthunterShall      Posted: Sep. 10, 7:22:03 PM     Points: 11    
Hoping to take it out Saturday morning, and go for some Walleye. Wonder how it will go after this cold snap, will they be hungry?
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Sep. 10, 8:28:37 PM     Points: 8110    
An old pro walleye guy giving a class on fishing for walleye told us that no matter what time of year/weather condition/ect . . .there will always be a fish thats feeding.Where did you plan to go Sat?
 Reply by: Ajax5240      Posted: Sep. 10, 8:34:44 PM     Points: 30256    
Do you have sonar on that hot rod?
 Reply by: thattomguy      Posted: Oct. 1, 9:43:40 PM     Points: 143    
"But when in Rome they say
"Shoot Roman Candles" that way
Nobody thinks youíre crazy".
Todd Snider

Hey man, work with what ya got. Good luck on the project!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Oct. 2, 6:29:37 AM     Points: 8110    
So . . . .how did it go? A straight fix? Need's a tweek? Works like it was factory?
 Reply by: fishman1      Posted: Oct. 3, 12:20:46 PM     Points: 20922    
I use a short bungee cord to secure it to the front cleat on my boat. Just tight enough to keep it from bouncing. Looks like the same will work on your boat with the front rail.


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