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Buying a Trolling Motor with an iPilot

Minn Kota Motors

The Question

Dear Gord,

I am seriously considering a purchasing trolling motor with i-Pilot. What is the most reliable brand? Do the suppliers offer multiple mounting options?

Ron Mann
Timmins, Ontario

The Answer

With regard to i-Pilots, I have to admit I’m not a fan of wireless, bow-mounted electric trolling motors. I much prefer to stand up front, watch my bow mounted sonar/GPS unit and use my foot controlled cable-drive electric motor to keep me in position.

Having said that, however, I have friends who like to troll for walleye (and other species) using a kicker motor at the back.  They will drop down the front wireless bow mount electric and use it to steer and they love their i-Pilots.

Ditto, when they are sitting over a school of fish and want to remain in one spot, even in current or windy conditions.  They set the i-pPilot, and it keeps them on course.

The MinnKota i-Pilot, by the way, is the gold standard, given that it is the first ever GPS-based trolling motor control system.

A friend,
Gord Pyzer

Gord Pyzer

Gord Pyzer

Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer is widely regarded as Canada's most scientific angler. Known in fishing circles as Doctor Pyzer, he worked for 30 years as a senior manager with Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources before devoting all his energies to fishing. A member of the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, the award-winning writer is also an internationally sought out speaker, tournament angler and field editor with In-Fisherman Magazine and Television. As well, he co-hosts the Real Fishing Radio Show with Bob Izumi. Catch Gord on the Outdoor Journal Radio Show live every Saturday morning 8:05AM EST. If you're in southern Ontario, tune your radio to Sportsnet 590 The FAN AM or visit and listen live online.

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