Hi, Minn Kota pro Scott Bonnema here.
Wanna talk to you today a little bit about the brand new Minn Kota Ultrex trolling motor- recently released in the marketplace.
A few of the Bassmaster Elites have had the opportunity to use them lately.
I've had the opportunity now to use it for a few weeks, in tournaments as well.
I found that, doing a lot of the on the water demonstrations and discussions with anglers,there's a lot of questions and I want to just try to point out a few things real quick for you.
First off, the Ultrex is an independent unit.
It is operational regardless of which ultra sonic SONAR unit you're using.
The GPS technology is built into the head of the trolling motor and it has accuracyto within a 3-foot circle.
So when we hit Spot-Lock, we have the ability to stay in that exact position.
The other thing that you'll find is that you operate it exactly the same was as you utilizeyour standard units today - the Fortrex for example.
The difference is it has a cable steer as well as electronic control in the head ofthe unit which allows us to have power steering, so it's really easy to use.
There's no fighting the trolling motor and it's exceptionally fast.
We're gonna dump it in the water in a few minutes and show you how that works.
But having said that, the other function or feature that we have, is a handheld remote.
So all the operations of the trolling motor from the foot can also be done now remotelyfrom anywhere within the boat.
So if you have your family with you, or if it's really rough and you just wanna standin the back and fish, you can Spot-Lock it, you can adjust the speed, move forward, reverse,etc.
from the handheld remote.
It also tells you the GPS signal strength you have, it tells you how much power youhave within your batteries, as well as the speed and position.
So that's just a handheld remote that you'll start to see bass anglers start to use inthe future.
The unit's available with a 45-inch shaft, a 52-inch shaft, or a 60-inch shaft.
As a bass angler, I've always liked to stay with the shorter shaft, but as an exampleI'm planning to go with a 52-inch model now with a 112-lb.
system for next year, becausewhen you are in the big waves, and you really want to use that S pot-Lock technologyif it's real windy as an example, that allows you to stay in the water.
A thing I want to point out though that's a huge benefit of this - because we have anelectric motor, and cable steering, when we're in real rough water now, we can hit Spot-Lockwe don't have to stand in the front we can kind of step back a little bit if we wantand have a little more comfort in our fishing but because that cable motor is there, whenwe set its location, it stays locked in that position.
So if it comes up and down out of the water, the trolling motor does not fight back andforth - it just stays in one locked position and goes up and down.
It automatically will move left or right to keep us on that position.
A huge feature when you're actually in the water fishing with it.
So again - handheld technology, high speed movements, precision locking, GPS technology,built into the unit, available in 80- or 112-lb thrust technology - I think you're gonna findit to be an awesome tool.
One of the other quesitons I get is guys saying, "hey - I've got a Fortrex.
You know, what do I do?Do I keep that Fortrex, do I buy a new Ultrex?"My recommendation to guys - because this is such a game changer, and truly will changethe way we fish, I'd recommend, guys, keep your Fortrex.
keep it as a back up unit - justin case something were to happen on the water and you break something.
We have the ability to take the allen wrench out, and with this new bracket design we canslide the Ultrex out and/or we can put the Fortrex onto it, and lock it in place.
So we can utilize the same bracket for the Fortrex if we needed to have it.
So again - keep it as a spare unit.
Put it on only in the case of an emergency, and you're good to go.
So let's dump in the water and we'll go show you how simple it is to use.
Ok so we're on the water.
I wanted to show you quickly some of the simple features of this new Ultrex.
It comes standard with stainless steel, plastic-coated cables for control.
It has the same heavy-duty bracket that Minn Kota's had for a long time with lift-assist,one-handed operation, locking feature, for stowing, and deploying the trolling motor.
The transducer is built into each and every unit - it's got a built-in Universal Sonarinto the unit.
The difference you're gonna see right away is that the whole head will move.
Because it's an electric, power-steering style unit - we have a power switch here to turnthe power on or off - simply turn the power on, and now we have sensor controls in thehead and so we can simply, with one finger, operation, the harder you push, the quickerit responds.
Very very fast.
And very quiet.
Operate it exactly the same way you would operate your standard Fortrex units - yougot the power control built into the foot pedal, directional controls - very simple.
In addition, we have the speed setting on the side.
So you operate it just as you always would have.
The difference is Spot-Lock technology.
Now that I have found a spot - let's say I'm fishing - all I do, literally, is tap thisbutton.
You notice on the control that the Spot-Lock function is now enabled.
This trolling motor will now stay within a 3-foot circle as to its location, and willautomatically make that adjustment.
You see it operating on its own right now.
So depending upon the wind - whether it's wind or current - if you find that location,it will automatically stay at that spot.
It automatically ramps up or decreases the speed for the trolling motor to stay at thatlocation.
One of the questions we've been getting is, "well does that really chew up the battery?"The reality is no - it uses less battery because it's slowly ramping up and slowly backingoff instead of high speed movements - so it's very, very smooth in its operation.
It'll use less battery in the long run.
To get out of Spot-Lock - so now I'm fishing, I can literally walk around in the boat, Ican go retie, maybe, as an example, I just fished a tournament, caught a fish, it wasvery windy, I hit Spot-Lock, literally walked away, went back, did the fish management inthe live wells, walked right back up, made another cast, caught another fish - I didthat three consecutive times.
No other technology would allow me to do that.
So it's that simple.
Now let's say I wanna move over.
All I do to get out of Spot-Lock is just touch the pedal.
Once I've done that, Spot-Lock is now disengaged, and I'm moving.
I can go anywhere I want to go.
Once I get to another spot, all I do is tap the button.
Now those are the simple ways of operation that we would do as a normal bass angler.
The same functions can be done from this handheld remote.
So if I wanna stand in the back of the boat, let my buddies up front, or my kids, or ifI just want to operate the boat from the back, I can do all of those same functions fromthe handheld remote.
I've got high speed bypass, I've got jogging capabilities - and that's what the handheldwill allow you to do.
It shows you the speed, the trolling motor, if it's running, it's location, it'll showyou within a foot-and-a-half of where you're at from the spot that you put into it.
The other thing that the remote allows you to do, is you can put in sixteen separatespots.
So if you have sixteen different areas, you can hit GoTo spot number 1, as long as you'rewithin a quarter mile of that spot, this trolling motor will automatically go to that spot andstay within a three-foot circle of where you had entered it.
It also has the ability within the remote to put in sixteen tracks - and you can putsixteen tracks, each up to two-miles long, in here.
So you would record it, and then end it, and then you can recall those standard in thecontrol.
One of the additional features that we have on these models is called i-Pilot Link.
And that's the function where you would need the Humminbird electronics.
The trolling motor will link directly to the Humminbird units, and in that case, what'scool about it is that if you have hundreds of waypoints, you can simply say "I wannago to waypoint 422," and you can point it out and it'll just go to it.
And so you'll be able to operate the same functions from your Humminbird unit and linkall of your data points to the trolling motor.
And that's a separate feature of the i-Pilot Link system that is available in these Ultrexunits.
So, again, they're available in 80-pound thrust, 112-pound thrust technologies, various shaftlengths are available.
They also have the ability to upgrade from i-Pilot to i-Pilot Link, which will tie youinto Humminbird units.
Short of that, the trolling motor is completely independent and can be operated accordingly.
That's really all there is to it.
Simple operation, extremely fast and quiet.
It is truly a game changer for the bass fisherman.