Im torn about what to do as far as , should i get a trolling plate or spend the $ on kicker,and with the kicker you must buy a jack plate, So now your talking some good dollers,,, and also how affective are trolling plate's and are they practical,,,, just can't get slow enough........ any suggestion's......Thank's
You can always try trolling bags too. Tie one to each front cleet. Some people use 5 gallon buckets to do this too. I use my Minn Kota to troll slow enough for `eyes and if the wind is too bad to make this way effective i use a wind sock connected to a ski rope harness. I idle with the big motor, (Merc 150 EFI) and steer with the auto pilot on the Minn Kota. Works great.
Here's another vote for trolling bags, they slow my 1775 Pro-V/ 115 Yamaha down to a crawl. If you go that route, consider getting "buggy bags", heavy duty bags specifically set up to withstand the stress of trolling: http://www.amishoutfitters.com/buggybag.htm