Fishermen Are Using Minn Kota i-Pilot in Amazing Ways!
One of the great things about working at a company that sells trolling motors are the fantastic fishing stories and photos our customers choose to share with us. We invite you to read some of of the entertaining ways fishermen are using Minn Kota’s Spot-Lock feature. We find them pretty interesting and inspiring! We hope you do, too.
A fisherman in Maine reports that Spot-Lock and i-Tracks have been game changers for his string of lobster pots. Previously, he had to navigate to each pot, try to maintain boat position, all while pulling in the pot and then resetting. It took him over two hours to check and set his pots. But with i-Pilot and i-Tracks, this guy has reduced that time by half! His entire route is set up as an i-Track and he just hits Spot-Lock when he gets to each new pot which frees him up to tend to his pots while maintaining position, all hands-free! And since i-Tracks takes him to each new pot automatically, it gives him time to rubber-band the lobster claws and prep baits for the next pot. So cool.
A contractor for the US Navy has a job recovering unexploded and dummy underwater ordnance. This can often be in deep water. In the past, he had to set an anchor, lay-out the exact amount of chain and scope, and try to align himself perfectly over the ordnance so he could set out to retrieve it. But with i-Pilot Spot-Lock, he just navigates to the GPS coordinates and then hits the anchor button! BOOM! No more effort required. The trolling motor maintains his position perfectly and he is freed up to get to work. A-mazing.
Parking Lot Full!
A customer reported that his son likes to frequent a popular dockside bar on summer weekends. The problem is that so does everyone else and there are only a limited number of boat slips to accommodate all the thirsty fishermen. So what does he do? He pulls up to the dock, hops out, navigates his boat 20 feet back out on the lake and then hits the anchor button! The boat stays parked (he hopes!) while he goes and enjoys a couple of beers with friends to trade stories of the ones that got away that day. Brilliant.
Crazy for Crappie
A wise older gentleman called to purchase the new 2017 Minn Kota Terrova with i-Pilot...several years after he purchased the original model. We had a great conversation about how he loves crappie fishing and how Minn Kota’s spot lock has been a game changer. He fishes a huge and relatively quiet lake that features a number of underwater brush piles that have become his honey holes. In the past he had to set out an anchor and deal with drift when the wind picked up. But with Spot Lock and i-Tracks, he was all the brush piles set as waypoints and he just hits the anchor button as soon as the boat navigates him to the next honey hole. Smart.
A Tale of Tailing Bonefish
A guy in the tropics who regularly fishes for the gray ghosts called to tell me how well Spot-Lock has been working for him. He frequently comes upon giant schools of tailing bonefish and loves to cast to the edges to pull out a boney or two. The problem is setting an anchor creates drift and he sometimes drifts right over the school and then the fun is over. It’s also tough to get close without spooking the school when he’s fishing solo because his pal can’t pole them in close. But with i-Pilot he can cruise into perfect position, hit the anchor button and cast multiples times without problem. In the past he would be lucky to get one fish, but now he routinely gets two or three. Clever.
Shoot us an email or give us a ring if you have a unique story of how using i-Pilot has improved or changed your fishing!
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