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Coleman and wife brought their new boat down to break in his Merc 115 and catch some eyes. well we got on the water and met up with my buddy, put the trolling down and it wouldn't run. with the wind blowing at about 15 mph so we had to troll with the 115. I had no trolling gear with me but Coleman did manage to hook and land a 16.5 eye and that was it till next week when they will bring the 5th wheel down and spend a few days. next time we will have drift socks and I will have more gear on board.
 

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Sorry to hear about the trolling motor. Does he have a resettable fuse in line with his battery? Most have 50-60A resettables these days. No anchor for slabbing/spooning? They are starting to stack up.

Hopefully next week goes better and he gets the motor figured out.
 

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Sorry to hear of the motor issue, what speed were you trying to get down to or was the 115 trolling to fast? Would back trolling have worked? I definitely keep my drift softs handy and sounds like i will need them in colorado.
 

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this is a new pontoon boat and isn't fully out fitted yet, the 115 was to fast for me to get down more than 15 feet. next week it will have drift socks and a better anchor as well as the trolling motor will go into the shop today, back trolling doesn't work on a pontoon it goes just as fast backward. next week I will have more gear with me. the boat is now in my driveway so I have a few days to get ready
 

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Sorry to hear of the motor issue, what speed were you trying to get down to or was the 115 trolling to fast? Would back trolling have worked? I definitely keep my drift softs handy and sounds like i will need them in colorado.
a drift sock is a good idea as high wind can happen in a mater of minutes here. we wanted to spot lock so we could jig next to my buddy. his boat caught 47 walleyes 4 cats to 20 Lbs. 2 wipers landed and 2 wipers broken off

one walleye tourney the boats were going close to shore, putting the anchor down and their drift sock out and the wind would blow them back out at a good lindy rig speed. they drifted backwards for about 10 minutes then pull back to shallow water and do it all over again
 

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Just remember to pull up the drift sock before taking off! I donated mine to the depths of Lake of the Woods a couple weeks ago! LOL! Too bad because it was working great in the conditions.
 

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a drift sock is a good idea as high wind can happen in a mater of minutes here. we wanted to spot lock so we could jig next to my buddy. his boat caught 47 walleyes 4 cats to 20 Lbs. 2 wipers landed and 2 wipers broken off

one walleye tourney the boats were going close to shore, putting the anchor down and their drift sock out and the wind would blow them back out at a good lindy rig speed. they drifted backwards for about 10 minutes then pull back to shallow water and do it all over again
Great to know, ive used a drift sock and two anchors before just to slow down to .5 mph here in sc. It was 30 some degrees in the middle of winter and blowing, i was wondering what i was dong out there lol. But do what you have to when you can only fish weekends. Still caught fish.
 

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Glad you got out Byron!!!
 
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