After having a Minn Kota 65W 27-pound trolling motor for 27 years until it finally broke down, it occured to me how reliable and economical Minn Kota motors are.
Right after my wife and I got married years ago, we bought a 12-foot Jon boat and a Minn Kota 65W 27-pound trolling motor from Bass Pro Shops. Since I was going to use the motor on both our Jon boat and our 16-foot fiberglass fishing boat, I bought one with a 36-inch shaft but the 30-inch shaft would have sufficed, even on our bigger boat.
Ol' Reliable. The Minn Kota brands are one of the most dependable on the market, the author says, including the Endura C2.
We still have the original motor and the Jon boat — well kinda. I have abused both horribly. I've always thrown the trolling motor in the bottom of the boat and took off down rocky roads to my destination. Finally, after 27 years, it locked in forward gear. It still ran, it just wouldn't go into neutral or reverse. I decided to work on it, which as usual went south. Two of the inside relay switches were shelled out and they no longer make them, if they did, for two $8 parts my motor would be like new again.
In 27 years, I have had literally zero problems — unless you count the time that I ran into a rock pile and broke the propeller before I could get the motor turned off.
After I ceremoniously buried my trolling motor in the garbage can, I ordered a Minn Kota Endura C2 40-pound transom mount trolling motor as a replacement. That should really push my little 12 foot Jon boat.
If you've never used a transom mounted trolling motor, they are super easy to operate. You just clip it on your transom, tighten it down and clip the wires onto the battery terminal and you're good to go. It's that simple.
Of course it's great to have a gas motor to shoot around, but for hardcore fishing you have to have a trolling motor. They allow you to quietly putter along a bank while casting or maneuver while out in a lake fishing and on smaller boats they can be used to troll.
You'll need to talk to your BPS expert to determine the best sized Minn Kota trolling motor for your boat. I would always go with the higher side due to the inevitable fact that some day you will hit high winds. They have five gears, so it's not like you have to run around in ram speed just because you went with the bigger model.
Here are a few thoughts on Minn Kota's C2 transom mount trolling motor:
Minn Kota's run off of a deep cycle battery. Of course the more you use it and the faster you go, the faster you drain your battery. A battery will not last all day if you're trolling but I've found if I park and fish intermittently that I can milk it out so it lasts nearly all day. Properly taken care of, your battery should last for a number of years. My current battery is a Power Series Deep Cycle 185 that I bought at the BPS in Denver in 2006. Always buy the largest one that you can afford so you don't run out of juice during a fishing trip.
Ease of Operation
Minn Kota transom-mount trolling motors are super easy to operate. They have fives speeds. The lower speed is perfect for cruising around shorelines while casting and the faster gears are good for trolling. Each gear progresses slightly in speed. According to the size of your boat, water drag, etc., you will have to decide what gear to be in for each lure and fishing method that you're employing. Mine in high gear cruises along at a good clip.
Easy Peasy. The author likes how easy the Minn Kota Endura C2 Transom-Mount Trolling Motor is to use.
If you are trolling and hang a fish, you may want to stop immediately and fight him so you don't lose him. Instead of working back down through the gears I hit the neutral button. There is a switch that allows you to go forward, neutral or reverse. If you want to go backwards, don't hit it from forward right into backwards. I always go to neutral, wait a second and then hit reverse.
If you place your hand on the top of the motor, you will notice that it is a little warm. This is normal. While on this topic, make sure that the wires are firmly clipped onto your boat terminal. After 27 years of use, the wires going into my clips had become somewhat frayed. I cut these off and restrung them so it wouldn't inhibit the power source.
The Minn Kota runs super quiet so you can sneak into a cove and not spook fish.
I haven't weighed mine, but the total shipping wt. on a 40-pound motor is 22 pounds; so it can't weight much over 18 pounds. The killer on weight will be the battery. My battery weighs 59 pounds.
Use on Large Lakes
I use mine to putt around all over. I go in some pretty big lakes with my 12-foot little Jon and use the motor to cross lakes, troll and work the banks. If using it on large lakes, it would be a good idea to buy an extra plastic prop just to be safe, in case you hit a rock.
They are super easy to operate and within one trip you will be comfortable operating one. Like with all boats though, don't get in the prop because it could tear you up.