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#11681811 - 06/22/16 09:34 AM Is Pinpoint GPS/Spot Lock worth it on a trolling motor?
RJF1423 Offline
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So, I have finally narrowed down to two trolling motors. My question is, is $450 extra worth it for the GPS features wireless trolling motors have these days. I really love the idea of being able to anchor on a spot, etc... I just want to know from those that actually have and use these features if they are worth the extra money.
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#11681840 - 06/22/16 09:48 AM Re: Is Pinpoint GPS/Spot Lock worth it on a trolling motor? [Re: RJF1423]
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Don't upgrade twice.
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#11681946 - 06/22/16 10:29 AM Re: Is Pinpoint GPS/Spot Lock worth it on a trolling motor? [Re: Rhino68W]
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Originally Posted By: Rhino68W
Don't upgrade twice.
I'm assuming that is a yes?
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#11681955 - 06/22/16 10:33 AM Re: Is Pinpoint GPS/Spot Lock worth it on a trolling motor? [Re: RJF1423]
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Didn't we have some guys on here saying the TM turning on and off again and again became an issue.
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#11681977 - 06/22/16 10:38 AM Re: Is Pinpoint GPS/Spot Lock worth it on a trolling motor? [Re: RJF1423]
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I have this on my Skeeter and am loving it, good thing is the water doesn't get to deep as it will with PP or Talons
I have fished with it in anchor mode and water coming over the bow, it held position

MG Xi5

I have a MK wireless with GPS on one boat and the MG on another. MG gets my vote and that is from someone with one of each.
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#11681987 - 06/22/16 10:43 AM Re: Is Pinpoint GPS/Spot Lock worth it on a trolling motor? [Re: jhall239]
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Originally Posted By: jhall239
I have this on my Skeeter and am loving it, good thing is the water doesn't get to deep as it will with PP or Talons
I have fished with it in anchor mode and water coming over the bow, it held position

MG Xi5

I have a MK wireless with GPS on one boat and the MG on another. MG gets my vote and that is from someone with one of each.
This is exactly the kind of answer I was looking for! I had been trying to decide on MK vs MG as well and it seems like just about everyone says the MG Xi5 is better.

Which one do you have? 105lb or 80lb?
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#11682006 - 06/22/16 10:50 AM Re: Is Pinpoint GPS/Spot Lock worth it on a trolling motor? [Re: RJF1423]
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Originally Posted By: RJF1423
Originally Posted By: jhall239
I have this on my Skeeter and am loving it, good thing is the water doesn't get to deep as it will with PP or Talons
I have fished with it in anchor mode and water coming over the bow, it held position

MG Xi5

I have a MK wireless with GPS on one boat and the MG on another. MG gets my vote and that is from someone with one of each.
This is exactly the kind of answer I was looking for! I had been trying to decide on MK vs MG as well and it seems like just about everyone says the MG Xi5 is better.

Which one do you have? 105lb or 80lb?


How big is your BB? Bigger is never an issue IMO.

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#11682082 - 06/22/16 11:15 AM Re: Is Pinpoint GPS/Spot Lock worth it on a trolling motor? [Re: McKinneyMike]
RJF1423 Offline
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Originally Posted By: McKinneyMike
Originally Posted By: RJF1423
Originally Posted By: jhall239
I have this on my Skeeter and am loving it, good thing is the water doesn't get to deep as it will with PP or Talons
I have fished with it in anchor mode and water coming over the bow, it held position

MG Xi5

I have a MK wireless with GPS on one boat and the MG on another. MG gets my vote and that is from someone with one of each.
This is exactly the kind of answer I was looking for! I had been trying to decide on MK vs MG as well and it seems like just about everyone says the MG Xi5 is better.

Which one do you have? 105lb or 80lb?


How big is your BB? Bigger is never an issue IMO.
It's a 20' fish n ski. Skeeter SL210. It's actually a pretty lightweight boat. I have convinced my wife to let me buy the 105lb but since I have to switch from 24v to a 36v system it's gonna cost a lot extra. I calculated it all up and it is going to cost me $1650 to do the 105lb Xi5 and $1150 to do the 80lb Xi5. I could get the 36v 105lb X5 with cable steer and no GPS for around $1200. I know I should get the 105 but I don't know if I should spend the extra money. My original budget was supposed to be $1300 so I'm sitting here weighing the options.


Edited by RJF1423 (06/22/16 11:24 AM)
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#11682133 - 06/22/16 11:42 AM Re: Is Pinpoint GPS/Spot Lock worth it on a trolling motor? [Re: RJF1423]
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I wouldn't do anything till after I-Cast in July, new things coming

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#11682140 - 06/22/16 11:45 AM Re: Is Pinpoint GPS/Spot Lock worth it on a trolling motor? [Re: RJF1423]
RJF1423 Offline
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Aren't these Xi5s brand new though?

I don't know if I can wait that long!!
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#11682200 - 06/22/16 12:10 PM Re: Is Pinpoint GPS/Spot Lock worth it on a trolling motor? [Re: RJF1423]
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I am a MK guy, but I have heard great things about the Xi5.
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#11682212 - 06/22/16 12:16 PM Re: Is Pinpoint GPS/Spot Lock worth it on a trolling motor? [Re: RJF1423]
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I bought an Xi5 80# 54" with pinpoint and Universal transducer shaft about a month ago, I run it on a 2000 19' Sprint 296 DC. I am not hooked up to a Lowrance that can add additional controls.

Pro's:
This is without a doubt the best purchase I have ever made on a fishing product. Anchor mode is the primary reason I bought it and the feature I use the most. Second feature is jog, then cruise and haven't used the route feature yet.

Anchor mode will absolutely make you wonder how you ever did without it. Mine holds within 5' and I have been out in 25 plus winds already. You have to learn to preposition your boat befor applying the anchor, once you get it down the value is obvious. I love C-Rigging deep points and the anchor holds me so I can really fish a spot. I can then jog in any direction in 5' increments down the point. I stay on the fish longer and no fighting the foot control and trying to adjust my speed to stay on target.

Fishing underwater breaks and humps is much easier. I stayed on a submerged bluff wall that went from 17' to 32' for over an hour and never touched the trolling motor control and consistently saw the same rock pile on my graph the whole time.

Flipping brush, I just point in the direction down the bank and put it in cruise towards a specific spot. Just adjust occasionally and it keeps you on track.

Battery life has been amazing so far.

Con's:
Mounting is critical. Thought I got mine right but when I launched the first time the trolling motor mount hit the bow roller on my trailer. I can't power load now, I am going to have to get one of those Liftsavers that bluenitro is selling on TFF to adjust the height and position.

Anchor mode. My first time using it was in a tourney on Ivie. Anchor mode cost me 3 really good fish. 2 swam through the TM prop and cut the line, both easily over 8. 3rd got in a tree and I jogged the wrong way instead of turning off anchor mode and she broke off. Once you remember that anchor on/off is the same button this problem is fixed.

Controller on the lanyard/rope has 2 issues. 1- is the plastic loop on the controller broke so my controller is now taped to the lanyard. 2- when deploying the Xi5 be careful because the lanyard around your neck has a tendency to get hooked/roped around the TM head and tries to pull you in. This is how I broke the attachment loop on the controller.

The transducer cable was cut on my first outing. Make sure it is tight, mine got behind the release mechanism and cut it down to the wires. Watch this as it is very easy to do if you are not aware it can happen.

All this said my Xi5 is much like my guns. You can have it when you pry it from my cold dead hands. Can't imagine fishing without it.
Tip: Universal Mania beat most places in price by about $200.00.

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#11682248 - 06/22/16 12:38 PM Re: Is Pinpoint GPS/Spot Lock worth it on a trolling motor? [Re: RJF1423]
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Registered: 11/01/13
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Loc: Athens, TX
I have the MK Terrova
wouldn't take for it .... 185 Skeeter 80# 60 inch shaft Anchor Lock is great ........ used in the Skeeter Owners to stay on good quality 23 inch slot fish hammer
I have never used MG ,,,,,, so I wouldn't speak as to which is better ......... better the spot lock feature is great.
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#11682270 - 06/22/16 12:47 PM Re: Is Pinpoint GPS/Spot Lock worth it on a trolling motor? [Re: RJF1423]
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Loc: NRH/Fork again ! GET THE NET
go out for a ride with one,..I have a MK Terrova 80,..I'm at Fork most weekends.
take ya about 15 minutes to see if ya like or not..Demos' are $100 an hour.



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#11682791 - 06/22/16 05:00 PM Re: Is Pinpoint GPS/Spot Lock worth it on a trolling motor? [Re: RJF1423]
Mikeyb_23 Offline
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Registered: 05/16/11
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Loc: White Settlement, Tx
Will the xi5 link up with a Humminbird, or just a Lowrance? Does the spot lock work without it being connected?

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