What makes Minn Kota’s i-Pilot GPS System so great?
There are usually two types of customers calling us about about Minn Kota’s i-Pilot motors. The first kind knows all about them and is immediately ready to purchase. The second kind has heard about them, but isn’t sure if they are worth the money. For some fishermen, it’s true, a very basic, no frills motor may be the way to go, but for many, i-Pilot trolling motors are worth every extra penny. But what makes them so special? Overwhelmingly, fishermen agree that the “spot lock” feature, also referred to as an electronic or virtual anchor, is what they love most. Spot lock opens up a whole new realm of fishing possibilities while providing more freedom and flexibility on your boat.
For the saltwater fly fisherman in a breeze or current, coming up on some fish or rising bait, there is no need to set an anchor or time the steering and power just right to glide into position for a few casts. Now you can just hit the spot lock button and immediately get right to casting. If the wind or current starts moving you off position, no worries, the trolling motor will automatically start up and move you back into position so you can continue dropping that fly right on top of them!
For the crappie fisherman who loves fishing over his secret underwater structures, spot lock enables the same capability. You can even record your favorite structures as way points along a route using record-a-track, and then once onsite, hit the spot lock button and stay put to catch your trophy lunker.
And then there’s the guy who called us last year and told us about how spot lock changed his life…because it enabled to him to empty and bait his lobster pot route in 45 minutes as opposed to two hours! He set up all the pots as waypoints using record-a-track, then hit “spot lock” as soon as he was on the pot. No more getting pushed and pulled by the wind and tides and having to re-maneuver the boat. Pull into position, hit the button, grab the pot, empty, bait, drop it back in. Move on to the next one!
For more information and videos on Minn Kota’s i-Pilot and “spot lock,” check out our detailed overview.
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