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Controlling your drift with a Minkota i-Pilot

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    Posted: 20 Jul 2021 at 8:03pm
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Thought I would share how I use my Minkota to slow my drift when slow pitch jigging.
1. Determine the direction of your drift and position yourself up wind/ up current from your target ie. over structure or bait.

2. Engage spot lock and wait for your boat to swing into a settled orentation (pointed in a stable direction)


3.engage Autopilot button


4. Adjust prop speed until you are drifting (backwards) at the desired speed (jigs are vertical)



This method gives you quite a lot of control over your speed over ground and let’s you use lighter lures and still keep a straight up and down presentation.
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I am considering getting a Minn Kota Ulterra 80lb on a 5.6m glass boat and have been wondering how it would replace a sea anchor. I have the sea anchor tied off roughly mid ship and this allows me to drift side on. Can I achieve this with a minn kota? I also fish in the Manukau and wondering if it would hold my boat in the current successfully.
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With a bow mounted trolling motor you will tend to drift stern first basic physics.
As to the current it should hold with spotlock. The only time It hasn’t been able to hold for me is when the wind speed was getting up around 20 knots. Windage seems to be more of an issue than current. I have held quite easily in heavy current below the Waipapa Dam.
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If you set the bow mounted minn Kota at right angles to the boat and drift with just enough power to slow you down I wonder if it would hold the boat side on?
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DIY I’ll have a play and see if I can get a sideways drift. I think it might be possible but I think you would lose some of the control over speed over ground. I’ll give it a crack and see what happens.
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Thanks for that, 90% of my fishing is sideways drifting casting micro jigs ahead and dragging kaburas behind. If a minn Kota can do that then I’ll seriously consider it. My other fishing is carrot hunting in the Manukau. It’s a big investment so want to make sure it works for me.
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