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12-08-2009, 01:20 PM
I have a 13ft valco with a 20hp mercury. top speed is 22.5 at low alt. 19 at high alt. i can only get trolling speed down to about 2 to 2.4. not much room for an electric, and some trips are up to 5 days so battery would be a problem also. seems most trolling plates are for more hp. The one i found for lower hp but none of the reviews have any comment about top speed, which i dont want to loose. i built a trolling plate and found that i could not get on plane with it in up position. I dont want to spend $100 and have the same problem. anyone have the miracle solution?

12-08-2009, 01:42 PM
Dry dragging a couple 5 gal. buckets off the sides or rear of boat* of the boat.

A wind sock may also help.

Buckets and rope are cheap. ;D

12-08-2009, 02:00 PM
I have a 30hp honda.When I troll for kokes I throw out my wind sock.It works well!

12-08-2009, 02:44 PM
I have the small happy troller plate. Installed it on my 70hp and went too slow so I cut it down smaller and started drilling one inch holes in it until my bottom speed was 1mph. Did not notice any difference in top end. Before the plate my idle speed was 2.8-3.2mph.

12-08-2009, 04:45 PM
I have to agree with the trolling plate! My buddy uses one when we go and its perfect. Plus its not something that you have to try and store somewhere in the boat

12-09-2009, 08:37 AM
I also have a Happy troller Plate. It works great for kokanee speed. I have a Yamaha 60 on my 18' NR

Robbie (Koke Machine)...

12-09-2009, 10:08 AM
I have heard of poeple going in reverse to troll?????? Sounds like work though??


12-09-2009, 10:40 AM
I've spent a lot of time pulling buckets off either side of my bow...it works...Just remember to pull them in before you take off...

12-09-2009, 10:46 AM
I have a drift sock and it works perfect. Less bulk than a bucket.

12-09-2009, 11:02 AM
i agree with robbie nothing beets a happy troller plate it will take my 115 merc on my 21 foot jet craft down to 1.4 and still get up on plane with ease but in a pinch the drift sock or a bucket will work good luck. Mike

12-09-2009, 11:23 AM
Trolling buckets is somewhat OK. Drill some holes in the bottom of the bucket 1" or bigger, make sure the handles are secure on the bucket sides and that the connection to the rope is good, use a quick release on the line hookup with some foam insultion or flotation on the hookup end just in case you loose the line while disconnecting the buckets, and last do both sides of the stern of the boat making sure both hookups are the same length........just some bucket suggestions.....Jetspray

12-09-2009, 12:09 PM
I agree with those who use troll plate. I use one and it helps alot. You should be able to put one on a 20 h.p. no prob. ;)

Team Mc Fishing
12-09-2009, 01:47 PM
I use a drift sock that comes in various sizes and its a heavy duty material with nylon webbing so it pulls without spinning. They come with a strap that you pull to empty it out for easy pulling into the boat when you need to take off. I use one of the larger ones for my 21 ft LUND but you could get one as cheap as $20.99 at Bass Pro Shops. go to www.basspro.com and search for "drift sock". I get my 225hp Verado at 550rpm minimum dpwn from about 2.8mph to 1.4mph and with a head wind I actually have to kick up the troll control speed as it sometims goes below 1mph. That's just my experience with this topic. I switched from a 1989 13' valco with 15hp evinrude to a 21' 2007 LUND Pro-V, so I have trolled with the same size boay you have now.