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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:48 pm 
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Ok I have received the go ahead from My CEO/CFO of my house hole to start aquiring the funds to upgrade form my float tube to a PA14 (I cant not wait) I have been reading and watching many videos as one does these days. What I was wondering I see some of you all are trolling with down riggers on just the pedal drive. My question is what kinds of speeds can you maintain comfortably? (I know fitness level applies here)

If I decide to sell my little tin can boat I will have the PA around the first of summer, if not it will be a little longer. Here in Utah we have to license and register anything with a motor and I am tired of the fees that keep going up on a boat that I only use a few times a year, yet I fish form my tube all the time.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:07 pm 
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You will probably average about 2 - 2-1/2 mph. It is more of a "hull speed " than simple conditioning. The extra drag from the shot will probably slow you a bit but not much.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 4:49 pm 
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On my 2013 PA-14, down rigged to 50 feet and a K15 (5" long) quick fish or flat fish, about 80 feet behind the clip, my average trolling speed is 1.8 mph covering 8 miles.
My speed varies from 1.6 to 2.2 mph, but the average by GPS is 1.8 mph and I catch some nice trout in the 3 to 10 pound range.
No motor, just the turbo fins that came with my PA. I did install the oversize rudder that helps a little if the wind comes up, otherwise the standard rudder is fine.

Since you are buying a new PA, it will come with the tracking skeg and that will help while down rigged.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:29 am 
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Thank you for the info, this is what i was looking for. We have a couple waters here that to get to the good fish you really need riggers and that is in the speed that we try to hold. I have to say I am giddy with anticipation of my new toy.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:31 pm 
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Fellow Utahn here, good sir. I find that my PA14 pretty much matches my foot speed. That is, if I watch my "trailing" foot as it comes back, it pretty much matches the water surface. Those fins are VERY efficient! So a slow walk gives me about 1.0 mph on the GPS and a bit more gives me 2.0 mph. That range is more than enough to troll for kokanee or trout, and almost enough for summer wipers. I have to concentrate to go slow enough to pull a bottom bouncer rig for walleye.

This summer, I hope to try some "poor man's downrigging" for kokanee at Strawberry. I'll be using a three-pound weight on some heavy braid fishing line for the downrigger, but I did buy a proper line release to pull behind that. (I coded the braid with marker: a narrow band for five feet, a wider one for 10. So two wides and a narrow means my weight is down 25 feet, for example.)

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