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5 hours ago, tstone870 said:

Dr Big Dog, I bought the exact same boat as you last summer. They had advertised a "scratch and dent sale" on Craigslist and I drove up (from Clarke Co.) and bought one. I love mine. One suggestion I'd highly recommend is a dolly of some sort to move/ launch the boat. This sucker is heavy! I made one from a scrap 2 X 8 and some pneumatic casters from Harbour Freight. Kinda wish I would have sprung for the Millenium seats too.

I bought the dolly they make to go with it. 

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2 hours ago, Dr. Big Dog said:

I bought the dolly they make to go with it. 

Good deal. I've often wondered why they didn't put the wheels on the 120 (and handles on the side) like the Bass Baby has. 

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Any ideas on seat bracket mods for the pelican bass raider ? I use the standard aluminum brackets that come with the boat .  I am a big guy and I don’t know how much I trust the aluminum brackets .

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4 minutes ago, Bearsfan67205 said:

Any ideas on seat bracket mods for the pelican bass raider ? I use the standard aluminum brackets that come with the boat .  I am a big guy and I don’t know how much I trust the aluminum brackets .

I attached a 2 x 6 the width of the bracket to sturdy it up. I also like the extra height. 

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You got a photo of it ?

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51 minutes ago, Bearsfan67205 said:

You got a photo of it ?

Not a Raider but same kind of bracket

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On 1/25/2019 at 2:13 PM, Dr. Big Dog said:

Curious what size bodies of water you guys use your boats on. 

So far, 10-50 acres, and calmer fingers of the Savannah River down here. Congrats on the new toy.

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I used a Scotty mount bracket to mount the transducer. I used the existing bolt holding the transom plate. You can also see the scupper hole I added. I used a 3/4” thru hull fitting and 5200 to seal it. This allows me to leave the boat in the water. For the floor I used 3/8” ply wood, I glued down anti-fatigue mat from Harbor freight, trimmed the edges with a razor blade, then covered it with outdoor carpet from Lowe’s. I mounted the Garmin bracket to the floor, and added a Bigfoot Switch to control the 32ld trolling motor mounted up front. BC23D15E-D9AB-44E6-B09A-5928B6A0ACE4.jpeg.f976052d56be2d9dc7124bf32fe913b3.jpeg

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13 hours ago, Hi-Powered Red Neck said:

and added a Bigfoot Switch to control the 32ld trolling motor mounted up front.

I haven't installed my bigfoot switch yet. Have you had a chance to really try it out?

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On 1/28/2019 at 7:04 PM, Bearsfan67205 said:

Any ideas on seat bracket mods for the pelican bass raider ? I use the standard aluminum brackets that come with the boat .  I am a big guy and I don’t know how much I trust the aluminum brackets .

http://www.smallwatersports.com/store/c3/Seat_Products.html

 

This guy makes stronger seat brackets for pond boats. He used to also make a conduit rail that was attached to the track, and the seats would ride "inside" the track, so they wouldn't tip out. They are not on the website any longer, so dont know if he still makes them, but might wanna give him a call and find out. 

 

I added a 5" riser to the original bracket on mine, and it was starting to sag. I have talked to this guy multiple times about making a seat frame that was 5in taller, since he offers "engineering services",but he wont do it. 

 

Being just a few inches higher makes so much difference, that Im going to have a welder just make me some. Ill post pics when I get them. 

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16 hours ago, Murphy S. Law said:

I haven't installed my bigfoot switch yet. Have you had a chance to really try it out?

I’ve had a Bigfoot switch on my Pond Prowler the past 3 years and I can easily say it’s the best thing I’ve added to it, I can’t imagine fishing without it. The bad thing is they only last about a year if that long. I just bought my third replacement one last week.

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17 hours ago, Murphy S. Law said:

I haven't installed my bigfoot switch yet. Have you had a chance to really try it out?

I highly recommend the Bigfoot switch. I’ve been using them for 25 years. I will say their not as good as they used to be. The first one I had was on my first “bass” fishing set up. It lasted well over 5 years till I sold the boat. 

    The control you gain by installing it is hard to beat, with out going to a foot control motor. I normally leave my TM on 1 or 2 depending on the wind and battery state. Just tap the switch, instant power. I’m a big guy, 270ish. I run my motor up front, battery in back, and I sit slightly aft of center. This puts the stern deeper so I don’t need a rudder. I use 2 shop vac extension tubes to extend the motor handle. Works great and way cheaper than a $35 extension handle! 

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Here’s my setup for the backyard pond. Only difference from when I travel is the addition on a throw cushion, anchor(10 lb mushroom), and life vest. Notice the “shop vac” tube motor handle extension. I had one on hand already. I just bought the second. $6.47 a piece at Lowe’s. The fit the handle of my tm well enough to stay attached and allow me to change speeds.  0ECBB2AC-EA07-4E89-93F8-4A0225174A65.jpeg.ae879dce2e97c7310afc96127e1a02a9.jpeg49F085D7-0B98-404E-9F06-377C3A0CBD52.jpeg.c070975fffdfb9456fe45df1e4add7de.jpeg30E8F78F-EC89-402F-919B-3D8690385375.jpeg.dcdc6c453f13251d7fe74a3ee2d055ab.jpeg

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Nice stuff guys, I’m really hoping to get one of these soon. 

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I put a 7 inch pedestal on my standard pelican aluminum seat bracket .  Is that to high ?  Am I asking for trouble with having the seat that much higher ?  Thoughts ? 

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On 2/2/2019 at 4:50 PM, Bearsfan67205 said:

I put a 7 inch pedestal on my standard pelican aluminum seat bracket .  Is that to high ?  Am I asking for trouble with having the seat that much higher ?  Thoughts ? 

I have a 7” pedestal on mine, and I am 5’9”. My feet don’t sit flat on the floor, but with the deck in front of me, it’s quite comfortable. Also, if you are facing sideways casting, it is comfortable also with your feet on the sides. I’m still getting used to it.

Also, for the Bigfoot switch, how and where are you guys mounting the switch?

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On 6/23/2017 at 1:17 PM, Topkick said:

Picked up my Pelican the first of June and finished it this morning. Can't wait to get it on the lake. I had an original Bass Buster in the 80's and stayed the bass with it. I live on Lake Kiowa (560 acres) which was too small for my pontoon but just right for the Pelican. It's got a 54 lb thrust Motorguide Bulldog to push it and the ice chest is a functioning live well. Also set it up for night fishing. The Crappie and Sand Bass fishing is fantastic here. 

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Hey Topkick, I am in the process of building my hf trailer for my raider. What boards did you use for the bunks? Looks good!

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Been working on some new mods for my ol bass raider. Ill post up a full set of the completed project when finished, but here is a sneak peak. 

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On 2/3/2019 at 3:03 PM, Murphy S. Law said:

Also, for the Bigfoot switch, how and where are you guys mounting the switch?

I have the TM in front, along with my seat.  I mounted my Bigfoot directly to the sub floor I had carpeted & installed (use Marine grade plywood, it is more expensive, but worth it).  I put it at a distance from the seat where I don't have to stretch my leg to reach it, but it is out of the way when I stand up.

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   Hello again folks. Well I'm back at work wishin' I was fishin'. I work 2 week hitches so I'm at work for 2 weeks and home for 2 as well. I did a little fishing while I was home. Not nearly as much as I would have liked to but mother nature didn't want to cooperate. I'm not a hard core fish in any weather kinda guy. I stopped tournament fishing a long time ago. I've already covered the mods I did to the floor adding padding and carpet, added a Scotty mount for the transducer, As well as adding a big foot switch. The last thing I did the day before I had to come back to work was add a 7" extension to my seat. I'm between 6'2" and 6'4 depending on what convenience store I'm walking out of and I weigh around 270. I'm not sure I like that much added height. I fished it for several hours, to me it feels like I've taken away some of the stability of the craft. I think moving the center of gravity that high could be a bad idea. At least for a guy my size. You younger skinnier guys can get away with it no problem. For me it wasn't a scary situation but stability wise it's not far from standing. Yes, the boat is stable enough to stand and fish and I do. However, It just feels a bit on the unstable side. It's night and day difference form the stock seating height. It does make it much easier to turn around in the boat as well as fish off the side with my feet on the rail. But to me thats not a good trade off. I'm wanting to feel stable and still turn around easily.  I'm thinking about cutting 2 inches out of it next time I'm home. I figure 2 inches would drop the center of gravity down a bit and still allow me to turn around. For me cutting and welding the pedestal is easy, I have the tools. I'll keep you posted on how it effects the stability.

      I'm also kicking around the idea of a Troll King foot control for my trolling motor. It's way cheaper than a cable steer trolling motor and can be used on any hand control motor. I'm going to upgrade to a 55lb sooner or later and have been keeping my eye on craigslist and Facebook market place. I'll find one at a good price.  I'm used to a foot control motor and believe the troll king would be a great upgrade. Looks well made and they have replacement parts available. Anybody using one? Your review would be appreciate. 

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Having major frustrations "controlling" the boat while trying to use both hands to fish. 

 

I actually have a 10ft Pond Prowler II (essentially the same deal as the Bass Raider 10E). Figured I'd post here to try to draw as many eyes as possible. 

 

Currently have a Minn Kota 45lb Endura Max at the transom. It's terrific for getting me around to areas. But I can't do anything with this motor in terms of making adjustments to the boat while standing and slowly working a jerkbait (or any slow presentation that matter). The motor handle sits too far down, so I'm constantly sitting back down to make adjustments... total mess. 

 

I'm exploring all options including:

1) Engineering some kind of deck to add a traditional bowmount foot-controlled trolling motor

2) Minn Kota Traxxis 55lb for bow (possibly paired with this Bigfoot Switch everyone raves about in this thread)

3) Adding just a Bigfoot Switch

4) This "Troll King" contraption, though I can't find any reviews. Looks like a possibility but I don't see anyone else talking about it

5) "Motorguide Bulldog Peak Thrust Foot Control Trolling Motor, 54-Pound". Seems a little pricey and lists as a transom mount rather than a bow mount.

 

The ideal scenario is 100% foot control of boat while standing. If that can't happen, thoughts on second best scenario? 

 

If I go option 2, I'm thinking I would leave the Endura Max 45 on the transom and add a Bullnose Rudder to it. The Traxxis looks pretty good in theory, would seem to offer some boat control while standing. Can anyone speak to their experience with the Minn Kota Traxxis on these boats? 

 

Additionally, what shaft lengths are you guys running on your trolling motor? Amazon has the Traxxis 55 available in 36" and 42". The 42" is actually cheaper than the 36" (both have the Digital Maximizer). I'm thinking the longer shaft might allow me to keep the motor head in a higher position, offering even better access to the tilting handle while standing. Are there any substantial "cons" to the 42" shaft I should consider if I go this route? 

 

Any feedback appreciated. 

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Just now, TotalNoob said:

Having major frustrations "controlling" the boat while trying to use both hands to fish. 

I personally recommend you move the motor you have now to the front. Just lull the screw holding the head to the shaft turn and replace the screw. I have a 32lb thrust motor that works pretty good up front. Believe it or not you motor will pull the boat better than it pushes it. I've also added a big foot switch. While fishing I leave my setting on 1 or two and make micro adjustments with the foot switch. If you feel the boat moving you've given it to much input. These little boats take a lot of practice to maneuver. Wind and current as well as what lure your fishing all play a huge factor in boat control or the lack of it. A deep diving crank bait will pull these things around. I normally sit down to fish by positioning my self aft of center line with the group 29 battery in the back as well. This sinks the stern a bit giving the boat more bite. This keeps me from having to add a rudder. I also have an extension on my TM handle that lets me reach it from the seat. I used 2 shop vac tubes for the extension handle they fit the handle snug enough to switch power settings. If I have to turn farther than I can reach I sling it out then I use an eyelet on my rod to pull it back. I know some guys don't like to sit and fish. In my bass boat I stand all day. In my Pelican I sit I can do everything sitting I can do standing, to include flipping and pitching. Skipping lures under dock took a shotload of frustration and practice to figure out again. Try adding a riser to your seat. I added a 7" that is pretty close to standing height. I didn't care for the amount of instability it added but I do like the added height. I'm planning to cut 2 inches out of it and weld it back together. I think that will lower the center of gravity back down to a more comfortable level.

   As far as the troll king if need be I'll be the first to review it. Because I plan on that being the next addition to my Pelican 10E. I've got some pictures of my set up minus the 7" seat riser I added that right before I left for work I only got a couple hours to try it out. 

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I have the foot controlled transom-mount Bulldog (40 lb model) in my boat. Zero hand control, all foot. After awhile it becomes second nature and no pause in cast or retrieve. Its 10 years old and doing great.

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17 hours ago, TotalNoob said:

Additionally, what shaft lengths are you guys running on your trolling motor? Amazon has the Traxxis 55 available in 36" and 42". The 42" is actually cheaper than the 36" (both have the Digital Maximizer). I'm thinking the longer shaft might allow me to keep the motor head in a higher position, offering even better access to the tilting handle while standing. Are there any substantial "cons" to the 42" shaft I should consider if I go this route? 

Noob, I'm running a 36" shaft motor. Keep in mind running the motor up front it has to be low enough so it doesn't hit the hull. If you look at my set up you'll see the control head is still fairly high. The handle on my motor tilts, so I raise it up a click or two when I'm standing. When seated I level it and I can still side arm cast over the top of it. I think another 6" taller it might be a problem. Now it's always possible to lower it deeper in the water but that also has its draw backs. For me being 6'2" the 36" with the tilt handle is the way to go. Standing or seated it's within easy reach and out of the way. Hope that answers your question.

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On 2/11/2019 at 1:31 PM, TotalNoob said:

4) This "Troll King" contraption, though I can't find any reviews. Looks like a possibility but I don't see anyone else talking about it

Total Noob. Here is a youtube vid that I recently found on the troll king. He stands while using it also.

I guess the reason my text was large and bold, is that I copied the title of the youtube vid and pasted here. That must have locked me in that font. Anyway...😎

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