Yes, it’s now obsolete with the introduction of Motor Guide’s new X5. Elite Series angler Skeet Reese details why the X5 is their most advanced tournament caliber motor yet.
Tournament anglers place the highest demands on their fishing equipment. You’ll be hard pressed to find an angler who relies more on their gear than Skeet Reese. Of all the tools a professional tournament bass fisherman depends on, the trolling motor is as vital as any.
Who better than one of the best ever to walk us through what the new Motor Guide X5 means to him and the business of tournament excellence.
Skeet explains that the last thing you want to do is spook a fish with your trolling motor, a fish you’re trying to catch. In ‘skinny’ water, this is critical. The X5’s innovative design is coupled with premium, high strength materials providing long-term quiet operation while fishing, including deploying and stowing. Composite locking pins provide a tight, smooth fit. Composite bushings, a precision bearing assembly, and a locking collar eliminate shaft clicking.
Skeet describes himself as the King of Destruction and not too many on the trail put their equipment through what he does. Time management is crucial on the professional circuit. Moving through stump fields with the trolling motor on high used to be a prescription for a least two new trolling motors each year for Skeet. If you bend your trolling motor shaft, you’re down. The X5 engineering is a direct response to those tournament severities. The inner column is made from a composite material which is designed to flex with a lifetime guarantee against breaking.
This is supported by an oversized stainless steel outer column. The mounting bracket is built with extruded aircraft-grade aluminum featuring a snap-back breakaway mechanism. All of this adds up to ease of mind for Skeet, and less downtime, providing significantly more time on the water and the ability to focus on what matters!
Boat control is paramount to setting up the best cast and executing an optimum retrieve. Tournament anglers don’t get to choose what type of weather they must compete in. When the wind is high, the waves are rough and your trolling motor is on high, control can be difficult. Often the trolling motor prop ‘blows-out’ of the water. Skeet explains that in the past, during a blow-out, the motor would then shoot off to one side, and when it re-submerges into the water, it can easily throw someone out of the boat. Even if he does keep his balance, the boat position would be lost.
As Skeet explains, the days of fighting trolling motor steering control are over. The X5 is 5 pounds lighter than its predecessor which in turn makes for a better ‘hole shot’, and faster top end speed. Durability, easier stowing, and deployment, cooler operating electronics all these details add up to greater efficiency and a longer life. Whether you’re a high echelon tournament pro or weekend warrior, all this amounts to maximum performance for the angler.
Wow, in just a few short minutes here at the Bass-A-Thon with Skeet and the Motor Guide Staff they’ve taught me an incredible amount of trolling motor information!
For more information and details on the X5 and other Motor Guide products visit http://www.motorguide.com/