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Discussion in 'Detroit River and Lake Erie' started by captnick, Mar 9, 2018.
My back thanks me every trip out with my Ulterra!
Makes short drifts so much faster. When the bite is on and in a concentrated area those extra seconds or minute means a better chance of a sow.
This is true, but you are comparing apples to oranges. If you want to compare models with the same features it would be the xi5 and the Terrova. The price is very similar between these two models.
Love my Terrova, and I love the interface to my Helix 9. I probably would have gone with Motorguide if they interfaced with my Helix 9. I am fed up with Lowrance, so my decision to go with a Humminbird set the direction on the trolling motor.
Ulterra, best thing I ever put on my boat. Holds my 23' ProLine in spot to fish for hours. I smile every time I deploy or stow it!
When it comes down to spot lock in my experience In the Detroit river my Minn Kota lost signal to many times to count,The xI5 is spot on and the jog button is priceless.Over three different minnkota motors with the same problems.
Does any body actually use the features available when a trolling motor is linked to their gps? I can't imagine much use for that stuff on the big water. Small lakes perhaps?
The "follow a contour" function doesn't really come into play in most Great Lakes trolling situations. This is especially true on water like Erie and Saginaw Bay where there is very little structure and where there is the fish are often suspending, not tight to it. For my personal trolling purposes the basic Autopilot function (or heading lock on xi5) is perfect.
I use the linked screen to jog between way points or to adjust my trolling direction as it shows the line you are taking.
Follow the contour is awesome for casting smallies and walleye. Set your speed between .2-.4 mph and you can easily work an entire shoreline without much effort.
For trolling I've found that it will turn to sharply to follow breaks and tangle up my spread.