Kicker or Not to Kicker

Pages

15 posts / 0 new
Last post
ND-Buckscrape's picture
ND-Buckscrape
Offline
Joined: Tuesday, October 29, 2002 - 12:00am
Kicker or Not to Kicker

Hey Guys I'm going to be looking for a new boat and I'm wondering to Kicker or NOT to Kicker. I've fished for over 20 years without one and now I'm wondering if I'm missing something. I've gotten by with drifting, drift socks, electric trolling motors and the big motor. For those of you that have a kicker motor how much do you use it, 5%,10% etc.? Is it worth the $3000? Is it just a pain? Is it in the way? Thanks for your thoughts.

Sportfish's picture
Sportfish
Offline
Joined: Sunday, February 10, 2002 - 12:00am

I would say that if you don't use crankbaits or bottom bouncers you can probably get by without it, but if you do troll cranks or pull spinners, its a no brainer.

Crankin-Eyes
Offline
Joined: Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - 12:00am

First boat I got, I got advice on what to buy. No one advised A Kicker and I followed their advice. What a mistake I made. The 9.9 I have now is used quite often. I fish Sak. all the time and it is way more useful than any electric 90% of the time. Buy the kicker. If you feel you need electric get it too but only after the kicker.

Horsager's picture
Horsager
Offline
Joined: Tuesday, August 12, 2003 - 12:00am

What kind of boat/motor are you looking for? What is your main or favorite fishing technique? If you do a lot of jigging or lindy rigging, you probably don't need the kicker. I just went through this dilema myself, and my solution was a 65# bow mount, and a 150HP 4 stroke. The big motor should get down around 2mph on dead calm days, and slower in the wind, and the electric should pull the boat up to 1.5mph all day long, so I have a gap in trolling speed from 1.5-2.0MPH, that's faster than I usually pull spinners, and slower than I pull cranks, so I think my new setup will work, we'll find out this spring. That's an 18.5' 1300# boat. If you're looking at a bigger heavier boat, say a 19-20ft glass or even a deeper 17-18ft windshield boat I'd say a kicker is very useful. A buddy of mine has a 1900 Pro-V with a 65# bow mount and an 8HP kicker. The bow mount works well for pulling spinners and lindy's until the wind goes over 15mph, then he needs the kicker.

This moment is a paradox, it's the oldest you've ever been as well as the youngest you'll ever be.



cynical's picture
cynical
Offline
Joined: Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 12:00am

buy a t8 yamaha if you buy one

"The only enemy of guns is rust and politicians."

"The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry."

William F. Buckley, Jr.
"Unarmed helplessness is for sheep and the French."  Ted Nugent

"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."
 -Thomas Jefferson


The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
-Thomas Jefferson


walynut's picture
walynut
Offline
Joined: Wednesday, January 8, 2003 - 12:00am

Does anyone know where I an get a good deal on a T8 or T9? I am going through the same delima my self, to buy or not to buy. Thanks in advance.

 

Good Luck and Good Fishin'

Eric T

bwhaler
Offline
Joined: Wednesday, January 9, 2002 - 12:00am

I think if your spending $30k+ you might as well spend the extra 10% and get it. There will be times that you'll want/need it. You're never going to say, 'gosh, I wish I wouldn't have got the kicker' but will likely say 'gosh, I wish I WOULD have gotten the kicker'. Go for the complete package!

I have a kicker (tiller) that doesn't have power trim. Find that I use it less often for pulling cranks due to the inconvenience of having to raise lower it. This is especially true on the river where I may only pull for 100yds and repeat that process over and over. My advice, get the kicker with power trim.

cynical's picture
cynical
Offline
Joined: Wednesday, October 27, 2004 - 12:00am

nice to have a kicker if your big motor dies

"The only enemy of guns is rust and politicians."

"The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry."

William F. Buckley, Jr.
"Unarmed helplessness is for sheep and the French."  Ted Nugent

"The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it."
 -Thomas Jefferson


The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
-Thomas Jefferson


walleye_man1900
Offline
Joined: Wednesday, May 12, 2004 - 12:00am

I would get the kicker if I were you. I do troll cranks but not too often. Each time I do though, i am glad that I have it. Also, i have been hung up in the trees many of times and without that kicker, I'm sure that I would have wrecked a few props on my main motor. Overall, if the extra $3000 won't kill you, I would get it.

Doc Whopper
Offline
Joined: Thursday, December 20, 2001 - 12:00am

I have the 9.9 Merc and a bow-mount electric motor to compliment a 175hp main motor. Let me tell you that I use the kicker MORE than the trolling motor! You know this is ND and we have wind.... No trolling motor will handle a ND breeze (I even have the 24volt system) and strong enough. A kicker works through 95% of the days on the water where a trolling motor does not.

I pull more crankbait than I do Lindey's. That speed differential is important. I can pull rigs at ANY speed i want.

I also fish the river near Bismarck. I can't imagine going on the river without a kicker motor. The current is too strong for a trolling motor and I wouldn't want to run my main motor all damn day long. What if you have a prop problem on the river? Are you going to float down stream and to a shoreline only at a battery system? Think about the "what-ifs" and let the gut make the decision.

Even if you decide on a used kicker motor for $1,000 you'll be more satisfied in the long run! To err once is human, to err twice a fool......

EYE-ON
Offline
Joined: Saturday, March 30, 2002 - 12:00am

I have a 1800 @ 1200 pds. 115 YAM 4 stroke and a MINNKOTA 65 auto, copilot. This set up works for me in all situations. I dont mind running the big motor all day, that's what I bought it for...and it doesnt use squat for gas putt putting around. And I have yet to run the batteries down all the way.
I toyed with the idea of getting a used 9.9 for maybe a $1000, but just cant justify spending 3 grand for a T8.
I have back splashers on my boat also and a kicker would complicate them.
good luck

 

Pages