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Fishgetter
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Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
Looking to upgrade my 24v motor to 36v. I have run both types and prefer hand control on my bay boat. However many of bass fishing buddies swear foot control is the way to go due to the eas of use with the newer foot controls. They say they are so easy to maneuver with the newer design that once you get used to using the foot control there is no going back. What are y’all thoughts? I mostly troll banks looking for reds and bass. Thanks


DTRooster
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
Your buddies are right imo


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KemoSabe65
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
Hand or Gizmo around neck


Fishgetter
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
Not sure how I feel about having to look down at remote around my neck every time I need to make an adjustment. I Do like spot lock option tho


Manchac Man
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Foot control vs hand control to me is an even swap. You have to be near the trolling motor to make a change in speed/direction with either one. However, once you get use to foot controls it’s really nice to have your hands free. I’d say if you went with ipilot and used the hand remote control instead of foot would be a good transition; or maybe switch between ipilot foot control and hand remote.


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Manchac Man
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You can change the channel without looking at the tv remote, same with trolling motor remote after a while of use.


Grassy1
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I have an iPilot (hand remote), and the only reason that I have it is for the spot lock (anchor mode.). It's great for holding a spot that's too deep for the power pole.

Trolling and steering to me is a pain with the remote. Yes, once you get enough practice you don't have to look at it, but it still takes a hand that you don't have on your reel. Seems easier to me to bump it with your hand or foot occasionally... but maybe I try to troll too fast.

You'll be good with either, but if you don't need the spot lock, then I'd do something other than the hand remote.

Just my 2 cents.


Fishgetter
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
True dat! In my mind I just think if I go foot control then my hands are totally free. But then I’ll have to use a foot so if I change position on the front deck I’ll have to adjust constantly to get a foot on it. Every time I talk myself into a foot control about 10 min later I talk myself out of it! Haha that’s why I like to hear people’s opinions.


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Manchac Man
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On another note. If you have young kids or just people that need help fishing, the hand remote will be a great investment. Because you don’t have to be on the bow.

Auto deploy and pick up with a remote around your neck is also a game changer.
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TigerBait1971
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I like keeping both feet on the boat.


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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
it all comes down to what you are used to

just like spinning reels vs baitcasters, if you arent used to it then it would be something you can operate properly

i too prefer hand control over foot control because i fish sitting down and i dont need to look at it to know where its pointing. foot controls are best for fishing standing up but you have to look at it to see the directional arrow or it will not be easy to control


what i suggest you do is go fishing with your buddies and you run their foot control all day. by the end of the trip you will know if you can get used to and would prefer foot control.


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Jack Daniel
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
quote:

Not sure how I feel about having to look down at remote around my neck every time I need to make an adjustment

You look at the steering wheel while driving?


Grassy1
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quote:

You look at the steering wheel while driving?


That's not really fair. A steering wheel is one large round object.

My little remote has about 10 little buttons on it. You can certainly operate it some without looking at it, but my non-video playing self has to look at it often.

I'm not arguing it either way though. They all take some effort in some form.


Elusiveporpi
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
in beach fishing or in swells you will not want to be balancing on one foot trying to control the boat. remote control all the way.


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DTRooster
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
They make them that do both. Foot or remote with spotlock and jog functions


GREENHEAD22
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
You want to sell me your current motor?

Is it a saltwater series?


Fishgetter
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
No but I can see which way the bow is pointing! Haha


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Fishgetter
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Nah I’m keeping it as a spare Incase I get in a bind.


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Fishgetter
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
DT do you know which ones that are made for saltwater do that? That’s seems like one I should look into. I do take my kids so it would be nice to be on the back deck and change direction if I’m back there helping them.


Fishgetter
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
Greenhead I see them all the time on Facebook marketplace! If your patient you’ll find one for a hell of a deal:


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