what size trolling motor for 14 ft jon
Posted March 28 2011 - 10:10 AM
Posted March 28 2011 - 10:22 AM
Posted March 28 2011 - 11:34 AM
Posted March 28 2011 - 01:27 PM
I would get the biggest one you can afford. you can not have too much power.
Posted March 28 2011 - 02:10 PM
When you're getting the trolling motor, be sure and get a decent battery charger while you're at it.
Finally, be certain to get a couple of extra shear pins, in the right size for your trolling motor. Several times, I've went over a year without shearing a pin in the trolling motor. I've also broken three in one day. Let you conscience be your guide on that one. For the record, you never shear a trolling motor pin in an easy, convenient place.
Lastly, don't forget the oars or a paddle. An alternate mode of propulsion will come in handy at some point. Perhaps at that point when you've snapped 3 shear pins in an afternoon. Sorry for the rant, but I've been there. Fishing trips instantly become no fun when your stuff breaks .
The size of the lake really doesn't matter. Daily conditions are what matters. Your 14' jon boat will handle some wind, but it won't handle a lot of wind. It is possible to swamp a 14' boat in medium winds and above. How much flotation material is in the boat, under the seats? That will make a difference as to if you swamp it or sink it.
I don't know the exact carrying capacity of your boat, but I'd wager with 2 people, trolling motor, battery (or 2) gear, cooler, etc., you are getting close to it.
Posted March 28 2011 - 03:43 PM
Oh please dear lord let it be an 8 or more!!
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Posted March 29 2011 - 06:37 PM
I fish a lake that has a 10hp gas engine limit. Its pretty small so a TM is really all you need. A larger lake nearby has a no wake zone on it,thats where I stay as I see some crazy stuff going on in the distance on the rest of the lake. People hauling A** and just stirring up the surface really bad.
I want no part of that craziness in my little boat.
When Fishing,I practice C.P.R. (Catch, Photograph and Release)
Dinks are Dinks...Be easy on em, they cant help it
Posted April 02 2011 - 04:14 PM
I have an 80 lb thrust on my 14 ft jon boat and i wouldnt think of having anything less.I would have got the 100 lb thrust except i didnt want the three batts for a 36 volt system.Trust me when i say the 80 is not overkill if your fishing in wind.Get the most you can afford or you wont be happy.
What size trolling motor do I need to push two people on a 14 ft jon boat? And what is the biggest size (acres) lake I should take it on as a beginner? I have fished private lakes a thousand times but nothing bigger.
Posted April 02 2011 - 05:57 PM
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