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#11591493 - 05/09/16 10:54 AM What size trolling motor shaft??
that1time Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 02/24/14
Posts: 597
What do most of you guys have, or prefer, on your boats? I am trying to decide on a Fortrex® 112F- US2, 36V, 45" Shaft or a 52" shaft.

I have heard a few pros and cons for both, just wanted to hear some from you guys from personal experience.

#11591529 - 05/09/16 11:07 AM Re: What size trolling motor shaft?? [Re: that1time]
fouzman Offline

Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 46494
Loc: Houston, TX
I've had one TM with a 52" shaft because I like to fish deep, even if it's windy. However, I will say that it gets in the way more when stowed and is a pita when trying to sight fish or get back into skinny water areas. I went back to 45" after selling the boat with the longer shaft.
"Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out" - Zachary Troy Schrah - a young man with vision far beyond his years.

#11591587 - 05/09/16 11:29 AM Re: What size trolling motor shaft?? [Re: that1time]
InTheClear Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/28/12
Posts: 1467
Loc: Southwest Texas
I like my 45" on my Fortrex. If its coming out of the water in open water due wind, I probably am not liking the fishing conditions anyways. Would have needed a 70" in the 6 footers on Amistad this weekend. Wow!

#11591734 - 05/09/16 12:21 PM Re: What size trolling motor shaft?? [Re: InTheClear]
Chris B Online   content
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 05/02/03
Posts: 7619
Loc: Prosper, TX
I might as well have a 35" shaft on mine. It's always raised up a foot or so.

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#11591760 - 05/09/16 12:33 PM Re: What size trolling motor shaft?? [Re: that1time]
Swimbaiter Offline

Registered: 08/29/11
Posts: 387
Loc: East TX

#11591782 - 05/09/16 12:46 PM Re: What size trolling motor shaft?? [Re: that1time]
B Reynolds Offline

Registered: 07/11/13
Posts: 50
Loc: Midland, TX
I have a 45" on mine also. Works great.
Billy Reynolds
2015 Nitro Z8 w/250 Pro XS
PB 10 lbs, 4 oz. at Alan Henry, 06/23/16. 11:30am.
New PB 11 lbs, 5 oz. at O.H.Ivie, 03/03/17. 6:16pm.

#11592084 - 05/09/16 02:17 PM Re: What size trolling motor shaft?? [Re: that1time]
reeltexan Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/03/06
Posts: 2431
Loc: Ovilla, TEXAS

I'm with Fouz.

On windy days, with a roll, gotta keep the unit in water.

"..The pleasantist angling is to see the fish
Cut with her golden oars the silver stream,
And greedily devour the treacherous bait.
Bill Shakespeare

#11592380 - 05/09/16 03:56 PM Re: What size trolling motor shaft?? [Re: that1time]
mwbmod74 Offline

Registered: 07/04/11
Posts: 338
I fish offshore a lot, and not long ago I had to put a new TM on. I went with 45",,, and I have been regretting not going with the 52" ever since to the point of thinking bout selling this one..

#11592396 - 05/09/16 03:59 PM Re: What size trolling motor shaft?? [Re: that1time]
bronco71 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 1427
Loc: Farmers Branch/Sulphur Bluff
I had mine changed to 52", tired of the prop breaking the surface when fishing in the wind. 18 1/2' Nitro....

#11592536 - 05/09/16 04:54 PM Re: What size trolling motor shaft?? [Re: that1time]
James Biggs Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/11/06
Posts: 2894
Loc: DFW area
I like the 45", I had the 52" on the last boat. I always whacked the 52" with my lure on a roll cast.

#11592550 - 05/09/16 04:58 PM Re: What size trolling motor shaft?? [Re: that1time]
Lewis Ville Offline

Registered: 07/28/07
Posts: 335
Depends on brand of boat. I've found 52" is better on a skeeter and a 45" on a Ranger since the boats sit different in the water. Those are the 2 boat brands I've had the most experience with.

#11592583 - 05/09/16 05:18 PM Re: What size trolling motor shaft?? [Re: that1time]
BassnJAK Offline

Registered: 06/28/09
Posts: 198
Loc: Springtown, TX
i have a Skeeter with a 45 on mine and its ok as long as its not to windy. the guy i bought it from had it 5 yrs.
Now after two trips out, I just ordered 50" because i need it in the water when the waves are a rolling.

so i agree with Bronco and Lewis V. thumb
Do something every day that makes you happy.
Fishing is at the top of that list for me.

#11593008 - 05/09/16 08:10 PM Re: What size trolling motor shaft?? [Re: that1time]
Andrew Y'Barbo Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/25/12
Posts: 1387
Loc: Lufkin Texas
52" on Basscats. I'm 6'6" and the trolling motor head is out of my way even when raised.


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