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#11865295 - 10/04/16 10:31 PM What length 52" or 45"
CMcCravey Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 4
Loc: West Tx
Trying decide between the 52" or 45" shaft for trolling motor? I would like to hear opinions or pros/cons.

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#11865304 - 10/04/16 10:36 PM Re: What length 52" or 45" [Re: CMcCravey]
David Burton Offline
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Registered: 07/14/11
Posts: 1926
Loc: McKinney, TX
May want to try in boats/motors section. But it is mostly dependent upon what boat you have and how heavy the waves are where you fish.
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#11865319 - 10/04/16 10:44 PM Re: What length 52" or 45" [Re: CMcCravey]
CMcCravey Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 4
Loc: West Tx
Ranger z521

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#11865340 - 10/04/16 11:03 PM Re: What length 52" or 45" [Re: CMcCravey]
921 Phoenix Offline
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Registered: 06/21/11
Posts: 2332

I would think if you fish a lot of wind you need a 52", if you do not like to fish in the wind the 45 will do. I would never own a boat in Texas without a 52"

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#11865352 - 10/04/16 11:24 PM Re: What length 52" or 45" [Re: CMcCravey]
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Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 1374
Loc: Farmers Branch/Sulphur Bluff
Totally agree with 52" or 54"

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#11865360 - 10/04/16 11:33 PM Re: What length 52" or 45" [Re: CMcCravey]
dimitri Offline
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Registered: 08/12/09
Posts: 2135
Loc: Arlington TX
if your boat can handle a 52 that's definitely the ONLY way to go. because of the way my basscat pumas lids are made if the tm is in the stowed position i cant open the port rodlocker all the way. but its worth it because i fish in the wind often.

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#11865394 - 10/05/16 02:55 AM Re: What length 52" or 45" [Re: CMcCravey]
Dr. Hook Offline
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Registered: 01/24/09
Posts: 97
Loc: Ray Roberts and Table Rock
52" definitely!
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#11865431 - 10/05/16 05:39 AM Re: What length 52" or 45" [Re: bronco71]
Rudy Lackey Offline
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Registered: 03/03/02
Posts: 8106
Loc: N. Richland Hills Texas USA
Originally Posted By: bronco71
Totally agree with 52" or 54"
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#11865453 - 10/05/16 06:17 AM Re: What length 52" or 45" [Re: CMcCravey]
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
Posts: 8482
Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Longer is better in this case.

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#11865614 - 10/05/16 08:28 AM Re: What length 52" or 45" [Re: Ken A.]
RedSkeeter Offline

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Registered: 04/12/05
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I once asked an Elite competitor why he had a 45" t/m, his reply was I only fish shallow. He wanted the head of the t/m as low as possible. I believe it should depend on your specific needs, personally I like the 52" but I'm a deep water guy. I have to admit in the spring and fall pulling the motor up has caused issues with some low skipping/side arm cast. But, the positives out weigh the negatives for me.
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#11865634 - 10/05/16 08:39 AM Re: What length 52" or 45" [Re: CMcCravey]
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Registered: 02/12/04
Posts: 1911
Loc: Decatur
I bought a 45 in shaft wish I would have got the 52 some day I will have a new shaft put in it
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#11865637 - 10/05/16 08:39 AM Re: What length 52" or 45" [Re: CMcCravey]
Toadrustler Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/14/08
Posts: 1306
Loc: lake palestine ,tx
I like a 45". I fish shallow most of them he year. I had a 52 on my ranger. I was fishing deeper around the time I had it. I still get offshore just not very often.

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#11865694 - 10/05/16 09:09 AM Re: What length 52" or 45" [Re: CMcCravey]
361V Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/21/08
Posts: 4514
Loc: somervell county
52" on my 521. You can always make it shorter if necessary but you can never make it longer than it is.(The trolling motor!)
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#11865713 - 10/05/16 09:21 AM Re: What length 52" or 45" [Re: CMcCravey]
Rodney2100 Offline
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Registered: 11/13/07
Posts: 3030
Loc: Flower Mound
the 45 will cost you more. If you get the 45 you will decide to sell it in 6 months and buy the 52. go with the 52

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#11865731 - 10/05/16 09:32 AM Re: What length 52" or 45" [Re: CMcCravey]
Bass&More Offline
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Registered: 06/04/08
Posts: 8820
Loc: Jack County
52" more length, it is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. bannana2 peep

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