Kicker moter question

Discussion in 'Fishing Gear & Tackle' started by h_callahan, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. h_callahan

    h_callahan Senior Member

    Nov 14, 2008
    warren county
    I would really like to know if anyone has a kicker motor on their boat and how it does. I have a seaark 2072 that has the flotation pods on the back. The dealer said he has installed a couple over the years but wanted to get the pro's and con's of having one on the boat.

    I like to use it for trolling for different fish species and maybe for duck hunting in shallower waters.

    Thanks for sharing any experiences you have .
     
  2. Skduckhunt

    Skduckhunt Senior Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    St. Charles, Mo
    would the kicker be installed on a secondary Jack plate over one of the pods? I have never needed a gas kicker always used a trolling motor...
     

  3. h_callahan

    h_callahan Senior Member

    Nov 14, 2008
    warren county
    [​IMG] here is the bracket welded to the pod. this one has a power pole on it
     
  4. Skduckhunt

    Skduckhunt Senior Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    St. Charles, Mo
    an electric troller doesnt have mush torque, I am used to 40lbs thrust, a 10hp gas kicker, if hitting a stump, sand bar, or other trash just might destroy your pod...
     
  5. WBF

    WBF Wolf Brook Farms

    Oct 25, 2013
    With the newer motors and the ability to adjust speed/ use minimal fuel. I've been seeing a lot less kicker motors being used to troll with.
     
  6. Clucker

    Clucker Active Member

    I cant imagine tearing up a pod on a SeaArk.
     
  7. buckstop660

    buckstop660 Crossbow Specialist

    Jul 17, 2014
    NW Mo.
    I just bought a new merc 115 4 stroke with my 2072 grizzly and I'm not sure you couldn't troll with it. It really idles down nice and you cant even tell its running.
     
  8. h_callahan

    h_callahan Senior Member

    Nov 14, 2008
    warren county
    Thanks for the replies. WBF I did some looking into the idle control for the yamaha 115 (which is on my boat) and I can get a idle controller that is electronic and I can set the idle up or down. Its a 400 dollar option I can have the dealer install. I can adjust the idle rpm up or down by the push of a button after just putting it in gear. I think this will be the route I go.

    Yeah Clucker those pods are pretty stout as is the entire boat. I have been really happy with it so far its an Easy 200

    buckstop I agree with your comment on how quiet those 4 strokes are.

    Scott I have a 70 pound minkota edge for electric troller but I am not happy with it as when I get the boat loaded up, it struggles. Would like to upgrade the electric trolling motor to something with more power. would be cheaper than getting a kicker motor for the boat.

    thanks everyone
     
  9. Yahoo

    Yahoo Active Member

    Sep 27, 2008
    St Charles
    but it would be nice to keep the hours off the big motor. I have no experience with it, cause you'd need some method of controls and steering, especially with it down on that pod
     
  10. Skduckhunt

    Skduckhunt Senior Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    St. Charles, Mo
    That boat is a barge...
     
  11. h_callahan

    h_callahan Senior Member

    Nov 14, 2008
    warren county
    yeah its big. but when you get 4 250 pound guys, guns, gear and a dog room gets taken up quick.

    Took the family to loz last week and them 4 skis 2 knee boards and a tube and cooler space is hard to come by.

    we have layouts for marshes but this boat will be nice for a big lake hunt or river hunt for ducks
     
  12. Clucker

    Clucker Active Member

    I have a hand control 3x minn kota 74lb on my Ark and is plenty of motor for a 2072