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#12738610 - 05/01/18 05:03 PM Minn Kota Spot Lock Question
stripermania Offline

Registered: 01/28/04
Posts: 30
Loc: DFW
I m trying to decide if I really need Spot Lock on trolling motor before I buy so can someone explain how this works. Do you have to position the boat against the wind for it work? What about cross wind? Will the motor automatically goes forward and reverse to stay lock to a position. Thanks

#12738661 - 05/01/18 05:25 PM Re: Minn Kota Spot Lock Question [Re: stripermania]
Mo Online   content
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Registered: 10/08/01
Posts: 12692
Loc: Lake Palestine/Cherokee co
The motor has a GPS receiver built in , You hit spot lock and the motor will stay on that
spot , regardless of wind , current , what ever.
The boat will end up nose to the wind and hold that position.

Motorguides hold tight,( 1st hand ). older MinKota's wander a bit , newer Minkota hold tight
( From what I have been told )
good luck



#12739853 - 05/02/18 11:51 AM Re: Minn Kota Spot Lock Question [Re: stripermania]
Holzer Offline
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Registered: 11/09/03
Posts: 5238
Loc: Boerne, Texas
I have an older model Riptide 101

The anchor lock / spot lock works just as Mo laid out.

If you're wanting to anchor, it's hard to go back to the rope.
But don't throw that anchor and rope out. You still may find yourself in need of it from time to time.
My pic is gone frown

#12740142 - 05/02/18 02:53 PM Re: Minn Kota Spot Lock Question [Re: stripermania]
texasbassdude Offline

Registered: 05/31/08
Posts: 301
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Well how much do you really "need" anything, right??

I have the newer model Terrova which has the updated spot lock and like it. For it to work best, you do have to point it in to the wind, let off of it for a few seconds, let it push you backwards, and then hit the spot lock. Once it's locked in, it shouldn't have to go forward/backward... it just makes small corrections

#12740257 - 05/02/18 03:54 PM Re: Minn Kota Spot Lock Question [Re: stripermania]
texcajun Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 01/31/03
Posts: 3726
Loc: The Woodlands Texas
I don't really NEED a tm with the spot lock feature, but you can bet the next one I buy will have it fo sho! I've seen 'em in action and it is shweet!
2002 Scandy White, 2002 Yamaha 90
Point me towards the water!

#12740298 - 05/02/18 04:27 PM Re: Minn Kota Spot Lock Question [Re: stripermania]
Capt Craig Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/25/09
Posts: 1628
Loc: Richland-Chambers
Yes, yes you need spotlock.
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#12740654 - 05/02/18 08:21 PM Re: Minn Kota Spot Lock Question [Re: stripermania]
MCIPinkie Offline

Registered: 11/14/05
Posts: 24
Loc: Missouri
If you are undecided, don't ever try one. You'll have to find some money.

I put one on my Skeeter, now I want one on the other two boats also.

Heck, it's just money.

Seriously, this is my first year with mine. I wouldn't want to be without one.

#12741985 - 05/03/18 03:26 PM Re: Minn Kota Spot Lock Question [Re: stripermania]
steve@hydrodynamics Offline
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Registered: 08/25/06
Posts: 6874
Loc: Quitman,Tx
i had one on my last bass boat... best thing ever!!!!

you don't really need it... until you need it!! worth the investment.

break off a bait.. hit the spot lock.. re tie and the boat is still right there...
windy points?? no problem.. go fishing and let the troller do the work for you.
it's really the best investment you can buy.. imho.

#12742167 - 05/03/18 05:31 PM Re: Minn Kota Spot Lock Question [Re: stripermania]
heybaylor Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/24/05
Posts: 1823
Loc: Lake Fork
its a "parking brake" for boats


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