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DTRooster
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
I’m not sure which model it is but Minn Kota makes one for sure, my nephew has one that’s saltwater. Ulterra maybe?


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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
It’s not a standard cable drive foot control but more like a rocker switch that sits pretty flat. Weird for me to control cause I have to look down at the head see what I’m doing but he drives it pretty good in the cuts and trees


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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
hand for me


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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
I prefer a hand control, much simpler but that puts me on the bow with clients. I pilot let’s me run the show from my console and makes the day easier.


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PillageUrVillage
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
I still use a hand control, but I’d like to eventually get a foot control. I just can’t make myself get rid of a perfectly good, working trolling motor to buy a new one. It’s about 25 years old. So..... any day now.

I’ve used the foot control on other people’s boats and would really need a lot of time to get used to it. But I’ve missed a few fish because I was working the hand control instead of working the rod. Foot control allows me to do both.
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AlxTgr
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
Have used both. The best system really isn't available anymore-hand control where you never use your hands. So, next best is hand control. Strongly dislike foot control. I change out every time I buy a boat.


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GoAwayImBaitn
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
I like hand control with a foot controlled on off switch. Tap the motor on and off as needed. Frees up the hand half the time. Takes the constantly having to twist the throttle out of the picture. Also makes the switch in the trolling motor last longer. You're not abusing the switch by twisting on and off each time to get underway.

Big foot switch. I screw it to the floor at a comfortable distance from the motor. You can also deploy a hold down on the foot switch turning the hand controls back to original design if wanted.


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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
It kinda just depends on what you’re doing. If I were strictly bass fishing I would stick with a foot control. It’s better to have both hands available for casting constantly. Same with jigging for trout or other saltwater fish. Any type of fishing that involves constant casting is better suited to foot control or hand control (i.e. not remote).

If you sight fish and/or don’t mind not having both hands available at all times, get the iPilot. I fly fish solo often and can run my trolling motor fine without looking at the remote at all, but I’ve had an iPilot since MK first released it and practice helps a lot. Remote stays clipped to my belt loop on my left side.


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Junky
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
I use both and transition back and forth well. shite isn’t hard, we’re talking .5-5mph here. I guess in high winds the foot control would be money but it really depends on your situation and where you fish


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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
Noticed while watching the WS of Fishing or whatever that was that a lot of the pros used foot controls. I like the on/off switch on the floor and just turn the motor manually.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
I pilot control >>>> all others

That said I prefer a foot control to a hand control. It's too hard to fish a hand control in the wind IMO.


AlxTgr
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
This is the key to hand control bliss. You never ever use your hands,



Fishgetter
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
Baitn I have a TH foot switch now and I agree it makes it much easier. I think whoever said I should run the foot control on one of my buddies boats for a day is on the right track!


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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
Is that the steer with your hips attachment?

Dad used to have one of the geared hand controls and that was pretty nice. I still didnt like it though.


Clyde Tipton
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
Real fishermen run a foot control.

Coonasses seem to like hand controls, but they're always doing weird stuff like primarily using spinning rods and dead rigging live shrimp.

ETA: Having a recessed tray is a game changer for foot control.



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AlxTgr
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
quote:

Is that the steer with your hips attachment?
Nah, it attaches low. You use feet/lower legs.


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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
Oh I could live with that then. I used to drive the old mans with my hip and it wasnt too horrible. We got good at it but I didn't realize how much it sucked until I used an I pilot


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Homey the Clown
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
I have a 16x48 flat bottom. I use a foot control for power, and hand control to steer. I've tried getting the hang of other people's that are completely foot controlled, and I didn't care for it, but I'm sure they are nice once you get used to them.


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DTRooster
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
Takes longer than a day to get proficient but I couldn’t go any other way after having used a foot control for close to 40 years. Minn Kota Fortrex in my near future then I’ll have it all covered
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rilesrick
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re: Foot control vs hand control Trolling motors
I prefer hand control. All I really do is point the boat and bump the switch w my foot. Very seldom are you continually turn the boat w your hand on handle. I've had both for years fresh and salt and I like the hand control better.


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