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Buckets for slow trolling

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Took my new to me 20 footer out on Ontario yesterday. Trolling plate broke so I am down to either buckets or bags. Slowest it would go was 3-3.5. Boat has a 19 pitch prop. If I go with buckets how should I drill the holes?

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What broke on your plate? I have one I don't use. Bent a little but all the other hardware is good.

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I drilled 3/4" holes about 1" apart in the bottom then a row about 3" from the bottom about 3" apart. It gets me 1-1.3 mph slower . Hope this helps. It's very easy to pull in too. Tie ropes as handles the metal handles won't last

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You can have mine cheap. Are you local?  I live in Hilton

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maybe 25 bucks. I've had it for over 20yrs collecting cob webs and it is bent a little. Very repairable, but usable now as long as you don't forget to put it up before you gun it.. Do you launch out of The Oak ? If so I can meet you there sometime soon. 

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Route 98. to the east of you almost 2x's as far as 78  and north to the launch. 98 ends at oak orchard creek. Looks like almost at least an hour drive. Google Old North Inn . It's a pub right next to the launch. Give you an idea. 

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If I may be so brave to recommend just getting a couple Amish outfitter trolling bags ...slow ya right down and helps keep torque up .and they will help you handle rough seas a little better

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If I may be so brave to recommend just getting a couple Amish outfitter trolling bags ...slow ya right down and helps keep torque up .and they will help you handle rough seas a little better

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X2. They are great.

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Send it back and they should replace it or give you your money back. I had one like that years ago with the shear pins and after the second time replacing it I went back to the metal style. Now I run a kicker and carry bags just incase.

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On my 23 footer and 150 outboard I run 2 18" diameter bags when I need to get slow with the big motor. Those amish bags are the cat's meow from what the people say about them. I just run some cheap bags I picked up at a sportsman a few years back. 

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Did you lose a spring? I've had a troll-a-matic for several years now. I lost a spring and called the company. They sent me a new one for free.

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Whatever length will work on your boat without interfering with your fishing lines, rigger lines and netting fish. On my 19ft boat I like to keep them in front of my center console.

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