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Boating Forum / Re: trolling motor batteries
« Last post by Curt - RI on April 16, 2018, 07:03:02 PM »
If you're running typical lead acid deep cycle batteries and you tend to run your TM at high speeds a lot, you won't get the hours out of them that you would from AGM batteries.

With that said, though, "healthy" lead acid batteries should get you through a day with no issues.

Load tests might not detect a bad cell. Have Napa text them more extensively.

As for whether to switch to AGM, I switched 20 years ago and I will never go back to lead acid again. There's a world of difference in performance and longevity. Most AGM batteries will last you 8-10 years. ANd they're 100% maintenance-free.

I bought mine from a place in Hope Valley, RI. They're called Power Troll batteries. They no longer market them but you might still be able to get them if you call Power Resources, in Hope Valley, RI. (401) 539-8646

They will probably cost you $200 each. But I promise you they're worth every penny.

If your TM has been checked and verified as problem-free, then the batteries are the only logical piece of the puzzle that has a problem.

The only other thing I can think of would be to check your charger and make sure it's actually charging the batteries to 100%. If your charger is faulty, it could be detecting the batteries as fully charged while they're actually less than that. So make sure your charger is working properly before dropping big money on new AGM batteries!

Oh, one other thing. Is the TM the only thing hooked to those deep cycle batteries? If not, it's possible that you may have something else drawing your batteries down.
Boating Forum / Re: trolling motor batteries
« Last post by tritonmike on April 16, 2018, 05:22:24 PM »
yeah I checked it with my meter and load tested the batteries too.  I even had the motor checked out at a repair center..
Boating Forum / Re: trolling motor batteries
« Last post by Eric-Maine on April 16, 2018, 03:26:41 PM »
Are you sure your getting 36 volts at the troller?
Boating Forum / Re: trolling motor batteries
« Last post by tritonmike on April 16, 2018, 03:14:37 PM »
yes they are the napa deep cycle models. i'm not sure if I want to go up to the group 31 batteries or try the agm's
Boating Forum / Re: trolling motor batteries
« Last post by Mitz on April 16, 2018, 03:06:45 PM »
You "should" be able to run an entire tournament without issue! It sounds like your batteries are more the issue than the TM. 1 bad battery in a series can cause a massive reduction in usage. When you take them off the charger they will appear full but not for long!

I would be pulling the batteries and having Napa test them. You might have a dead cell in one causing all your pain.

Are they deep cycle?
I have a 36v Minnkota setup and have been running my deep cycle Optima batteries for 6+ years.


Boating Forum / trolling motor batteries
« Last post by tritonmike on April 16, 2018, 12:26:27 PM »
I need some advise on my trolling motor issues' I had a 80lb fortrex on my boat but it seemed like the batteries wouldn't last for a full tournament,so I bought a 112lb fortrex and added a third battery and I still cant make it through a full day. now,i'm an electrician so I constantly put a meter on my batteries and load test them they seem to be fine and they all charge up good. I hava napa marine group 27 batteries 2 of them are 2 seasons old and 1 is new last june. I do like to troll pretty fast but the 112 fortrex running at 60 per cent doesn't last. I'm thinking of trying three agm batteries. does anyone have any advise about them ? I know they cost more and if anyone knows where I can get a deal on 3 of them please let me know. thanks

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Re: One day Spring bite
« Last post by Curt - RI on April 15, 2018, 08:40:37 PM »
Good job!

I saw a few other people on Facebook today saying that they also had killer action in the cold, wind and waves. You just never know how the bass will react to frigid weather and nasty fronts.  :nope:
Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / One day Spring bite
« Last post by toadhunter on April 15, 2018, 08:21:12 PM »
@ProvidenceBassHunter , and I fished a shallow pond in Connecticut on Saturday. The day started slow with bites coming on jigs and soft plastics but once the day progressed we caught fish on spinnerbaits and chatterbaits. Most of the fish came from the edges of the creek channel where fish were sitting in emerging pads in 5 fow. Others came on the first hard cover(wood & brush) closest to the channel. We landed over 40 bass in five hours.
The Hawg Forum / Re: Jack Hammer
« Last post by Curt - RI on April 12, 2018, 08:24:39 PM »
@metz12 I was also hesitant, as I said, when I was no longer able to buy the parts to make them with no split ring. But just one day on the water with a "split ring bait" made a believer out of me.

Trust me when I tell you that if you make your own with a split ring, you'll never buy another ZMan bait again.  :nope:
The Hawg Forum / Re: Jack Hammer
« Last post by metz12 on April 12, 2018, 04:50:55 PM »
I have never migrated away from the $5 and under Zman Chatterbaits myself. Honestly I don't see the advantage of the high end expensive chatterbaits when I know I will throw them into another timezone when they snap off like @Mitz said, or when I go fishing for the elusive Tree Trout. I have been looking into making my own bladed jigs now for a while, but I havent yet pulled the trigger. I really have been hesitant now, due to this video by Tactical Bassin on youtube.

These guys have some great tips, but from what Matt Allen said, is that he shies away from any chatterbait that has the dual split ring. Now I have @Curt - RI saying the split rings are a good thing  ??? I am not saying that these guys I have never met before and fish all the way across the country are right by any means. Because if curt says that split rings are better, I will put in a LPO order right now and make some to test out for myself. Well, here I am starting to ramble. Anyways, hopefully this adds a bit more confusion to the thread.
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