- Oct 14, 2018
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Alright so this might get wordy but I’ve flip flopped back and forth between a 24v and 12v remote control trolling motor for months. I currently have a tracker (motor guide) 12/24volt 55lb thrust trolling motor on my Nitro 18ft fish and ski. It does great for everything I need. Me and the old man have been getting more into trolling live baits for striper in some of the lakes around the house. (southern KY, Northern TN) A cable steer trolling motor is not ideal for obvious reasons. When we’re pulling planer boards it seems like 0.7-0.9mph is the sweet spot. In dead calm conditions I’ll switch the trolling motor to 12v and put it on the lowest speed setting and she’ll purr along right at 0.8-0.9. With a little bow wind or chop I’ll kick it up to the second lowest setting and if it still needs a little more I’ll switch to 24v setting and the lowest speed. One of these three settings will get me what I need outside of turns or pivots. I’ve been looking at only 24v 60-70lb trolling motors because I’ve heard that actually run longer on two batteries in series than a 12v trolling motor will on 2 batteries in parallel. Is there any truth to this? The motor is on the entire time you’re fishing so run time is really important. I do bass fish some but I would think a modern trolling motor at 12 volts and the highest setting would have more power than the 25 year old one on my boat in 12v setting. Maybe I’m wrong. Anybody have any input or been through a similar question when replacing an old trolling motor?