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    Default How to slow down my trolling speed ?

    What can I do to get my Scott HB with a 15hp 4stroke ...to troll at 1.5 mph ..to troll live Smelt ? Thanks for any input

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    Have you tried a trolling plate yet?
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    Nope....is there one better than another ? Thanks
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    Toss a 5 gal pail off the back or a drift sock?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkmail View Post
    Toss a 5 gal pail off the back or a drift sock?
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    It's called bucket trolling. And it works. Tie a bucket to a rope and toss it over. Keep it simple.

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    Nessmuk,

    The HB doesn't have a very large stern area but I usually try to troll in reverse. You'll find it easier to control the canoe as
    the wind blows the bow around and it does slow the boat.

    Are you trolling for lake trout?

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    second troll in reverse....

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    Quote Originally Posted by VernAK View Post
    Nessmuk,

    The HB doesn't have a very large stern area but I usually try to troll in reverse. You'll find it easier to control the canoe as
    the wind blows the bow around and it does slow the boat.

    Are you trolling for lake trout?

    Lakers and Salmon..Rainbows...Brookies ,Browns

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    Quote Originally Posted by theultrarider View Post
    It's called bucket trolling. And it works. Tie a bucket to a rope and toss it over. Keep it simple.
    I don't know much about trolling out of a canoe, but originally, the first thing I thought of was pulling a bucket as well. But, at the same time I was thinking that, I also thought that a 15 hp motor on a canoe seems pretty big to me. So that made me wonder if it would be enough to slow the canoe down to trolling speeds? Anyway, that's why I mentioned the trolling plate. Like was mentioned, he could also troll in reverse, but then again would that be enough to get the speed down? I was also thinking he could just tilt the motor up to the point where the prop is just below the surface. That seems to slow a boat down pretty good as well. Maybe that, and pulling the bucket might do it, if he didn't want to invest in a trolling plate....
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    The Scott HB is very efficient does not take much to push them, with my Scott HB on the Little Sue was tough to back troll at idle would go upstream. Bucket or drift sock would work well or troll backwards with the Wine Glass stern.

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    Will have to try the bucket.....been use to trolling forward for a long time....going backwards would mess me up...lol...Also do you cut any holes in the bucket ?? Thanks for all the input.

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    Try it without the holes. You can always breakout the hole saw if you're going too slow.

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    Tried buckets, and 5 gallon size is way bigger than needed. Get down to around 1 gallon, and it works well while being lots easier to handle.

    Better yet, spend a few bucks (very few) and get yourself a small drogue or sea anchor. I especially like the one from Hobie, but you can get cheaper versions from the linked source and other places.

    Simple, effective, and easy to stow and keep on hand. Even if you never troll with it, you'll love it any time you're drift fishing and want to slow down.
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