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Title: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: taxid on Sep 25, 2021, 07:35 PM
Can't wait to get it out and calibrate it after I get the sensor puck installed. I mounted it on an RT 17 quick release bracket.

I assume I will be O.K. mounting the puck on the carpeted surface in this picture behind the trolling motor? Manual is a little fuzzy on that but I've seen others do this on Youtube.

Next year is finally wide open for fishing as I'm getting close to getting caught up with the taxidermy. 25 mounts to go! Either going to completely retire from it or limit the the number of fish I take in. Long return times stress me out and the customers don't like it either. Unfortunately in my area not many people do fish or do quality fish taxidermy so I get swamped.

(https://i.imgur.com/HFH4DY5m.jpg)


Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: filetandrelease on Sep 25, 2021, 11:53 PM

 Looking good taxid
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 26, 2021, 08:01 AM
Looks good taxid, your going to like it.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: taxid on Sep 26, 2021, 08:06 AM
Thank you gentlemen! I did see a few reviews where purchasers had issues. Hopefully I won't be one of them!
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 26, 2021, 08:28 AM
Ive been waiting to read this post.  Congrats cecil.  Now I need to find a 87" 36v for my 23fter.  The only thing id noticed is it seems you mounted so the shaft comes straight into the bow, most installs are offset so when stowed the shaft is parrallel to the gunnel and out of the way.

The spot you picked for your puck should be fine!
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: taxid on Sep 26, 2021, 08:33 AM
Ive been waiting to read this post.  Congrats cecil.  Now I need to find a 87" 36v for my 23fter. 

The spot you picked for your puck should be fine!

Thanks!
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 26, 2021, 08:37 AM
Im excited for you brother.  Its a game changing addition!
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: fishinator on Sep 26, 2021, 09:00 AM
Ive been waiting to read this post.  Congrats cecil.  Now I need to find a 87" 36v for my 23fter.  The only thing id noticed is it seems you mounted so the shaft comes straight into the bow, most installs are offset so when stowed the shaft is parrallel to the gunnel and out of the way.

The spot you picked for your puck should be fine!
when I had a v bottom boat I had my motor off to one side like you said. I couldn't get the boat to track straight.  I had to constantly adjust the motor. I remounted like Cecil did and had no problems.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: taxid on Sep 26, 2021, 09:14 AM
when I had a v bottom boat I had my motor off to one side like you said. I couldn't get the boat to track straight.  I had to constantly adjust the motor. I remounted like Cecil did and had no problems.

That's good to hear! I moved my strap cleat for my boat cover back and relocated the electrical orific for the front boat light just so I could do that. And furthermore I rarely if ever have anyone in the front of the boat. Usually it's just me and I prefer that.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: fishogger on Sep 27, 2021, 05:17 AM
now get out and use it!  im sure youll love it if you fish that way.  i dont fish a lot of deep water so i wouldnt get enough use out of its capabilities to buy it.  i mostly jig shallow and in tight.  trolling would be the only advantage it would have for me i think.  i hope it motors you to some big ones Cecil!

with the problems minnkota been having, you should have used it rite off before the warranty is dead.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: taxid on Sep 27, 2021, 05:37 AM
now get out and use it!  im sure youll love it if you fish that way.  i dont fish a lot of deep water so i wouldnt get enough use out of its capabilities to buy it.  i mostly jig shallow and in tight.  trolling would be the only advantage it would have for me i think.  i hope it motors you to some big ones Cecil!

with the problems minnkota been having, you should have used it rite off before the warranty is dead.

Actually Tim it would be perfect for positioning the boat in a river without dropping an anchor or pulling up to a fallen tree. And there are a lot of other things it does besides Spotlock.

Shoulda coulda woulda is water under the bridge. It is what it is.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 27, 2021, 08:05 AM
when I had a v bottom boat I had my motor off to one side like you said. I couldn't get the boat to track straight.  I had to constantly adjust the motor. I remounted like Cecil did and had no problems.

Odd.  Ive had a few of these units on a couple different boats never had that issue.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 27, 2021, 08:07 AM
That's good to hear! I moved my strap cleat for my boat cover back and relocated the electrical orific for the front boat light just so I could do that. And furthermore I rarely if ever have anyone in the front of the boat. Usually it's just me and I prefer that.

As long as you arent on bumpy roads or in some big chop you should be ok.  Otherwise the head of the unit is going to bounce around quite a bit.

On my 19"er I have a ram setup to secure the unit when Im trailering or in big waves.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: taxid on Sep 27, 2021, 08:36 AM
As long as you arent on bumpy roads or in some big chop you should be ok.  Otherwise the head of the unit is going to bounce around quite a bit.

On my 19"er I have a ram setup to secure the unit when Im trailering or in big waves.

Makes sense. Was thinking of securing with bungee cord(s) when not in use. I think to store the unit in winter I may buy another quick release and mount it to the wall?
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 27, 2021, 09:45 AM
Like the bungee idea to a cleat or something.  My current unit is a 2014.  Doesnt even jave the puck but works as it should.  I like to think securing it helps.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 27, 2021, 09:59 AM
Odd.  Ive had a few of these units on a couple different boats never had that issue.


Same here.
My Ulterra is off to the side on my 21' Trophy and it tracks fine.
If a boat was going to have problems like this I would think my Trophy with that deep V would be the one to show it.
Also, I'm not sure I have ever seen a trolling motor not mounted off to the side a little bit..........so it doesn't hide the bow light.


You will love the Terrova.
Especially the iPilot features!!!

Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: fishinator on Sep 27, 2021, 10:35 AM
Odd.  Ive had a few of these units on a couple different boats never had that issue.
I think my problem was a lightweight boat with waaaay to much motor. I had it off to the right and it would always kick the back to the right at higher speeds. Kind of dog walked
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: fishogger on Sep 28, 2021, 06:07 AM
Actually Tim it would be perfect for positioning the boat in a river without dropping an anchor or pulling up to a fallen tree. And there are a lot of other things it does besides Spotlock.

Shoulda coulda woulda is water under the bridge. It is what it is.

i really dont think it fits my way of fishing most of the time.  if im wanting to hold out in the river id be catfishing so id anchor up apposed to running my bat down.  and you seen how close i get in to cover.  that wouldnt do to have the trolling motor running.  even if it wasnt chopping branches it would be prop washing them away from me.  if a guy thinks he is going to set out from a brush pile and cast into it and pull fish after fish he hasnt tried it. lol  i see the floats(another thing that doesnt play well in wood!) of the learning every time out. ;D

i know its a trolling game changer.  i have been in boats with such tools and it was awesome!  makes trolling summer gills like bank fishing. lol
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: fishogger on Sep 28, 2021, 06:10 AM
I think my problem was a lightweight boat with waaaay to much motor. I had it off to the right and it would always kick the back to the right at higher speeds. Kind of dog walked

ive been here already.  its called full grown man in the nose of small boat.(not motor) the nose heavy stance of the hull in the water causes the erratic tracking.  i had one clamped on the nose of a12'er and it did same thing.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: fishogger on Sep 28, 2021, 07:15 AM
man this site really sluggish this morning. or maybe its just my account :whistling:  lmao
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: iceman260 on Sep 28, 2021, 07:52 AM
The terrova is really a game changer, the cruise control, autopilot,spot lock and pilot were game changers for me. You will love it once you get used to it.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 29, 2021, 06:55 PM
....if a guy thinks he is going to set out from a brush pile and cast into it and pull fish after fish he hasnt tried it. lol  i see the floats(another thing that doesnt play well in wood!) of the learning every time out. ;D



Im the guy.  I have tried it, successfully for crappies and smallmouth and sometimes only a few feet from shore.  One of the lakes I fish absolutely requires it because most of the banks drop into 50 fow really quickly. 
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: fishogger on Sep 30, 2021, 04:35 AM
i guarantee it wouldnt work here.   im catching most 4ft below my boat in brush that comes just short of surface.  if your not stealthy you dont get bit.  no way will they put up with the prop chopping branches and prop washing them.  it just wont work.  sure it would work over 50fow with the fish 20' down.  but not in my 12fow with fish 4' down, and wood to within a foot od surface. so no your not the guy. lol  understand now?

i take guys out that dont know how to fish brush and all we get done doing is trying the next spot.  they hang up and yank away.  thats it your done if that happens.  eevery
 experienced crappie fisherman knows that.  same goes for bumping cover hard. they spook off or just clam up.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: lowaccord66 on Sep 30, 2021, 12:17 PM
I do the same as you but its not worth arguing over...I could post a quick video of doing it but who cares.  Fish and let fish..you can be "right"....I will mention for the open minded folks here that you can run the head 1.5ft under water and at most spot lock speeds not cavitate nor chop a pile but what do I know....I mean watching the crappie react on livescope doesnt tell me anything....like I said if it feels good to be right, you can be right....
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: Mac Attack on Sep 30, 2021, 02:25 PM
 :w00t:
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: mcully on Oct 01, 2021, 06:19 AM
I watch those crappie tourneys on TV and they just use 13' rods and electric motors all day in skinny water. that livescope is crazy to watch too!
I'm continually amazed at how dumb crappie can be on TV but never for me in real life.
I can say dropshotting for lakers in 150' of water they never knew what hit them. GAME CHANGER
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 01, 2021, 02:37 PM
When I was a kid ESPN outdoors (early 90's) had those on all the time.

Ive seen those lakers do mysterious things with that unit and now Ill be watching blackfish soon!
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 01, 2021, 02:40 PM
:w00t:

Relevant to the thread did, what size shaft did you get for your minnkota?  I need a 87 for my 23'.  I have a 60" on my 19' stratos...Id pay a finders fee for one in stock of the 36v varity.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: fishogger on Oct 01, 2021, 05:32 PM
I do the same as you but its not worth arguing over...I could post a quick video of doing it but who cares.  Fish and let fish..you can be "right"....I will mention for the open minded folks here that you can run the head 1.5ft under water and at most spot lock speeds not cavitate nor chop a pile but what do I know....I mean watching the crappie react on livescope doesnt tell me anything....like I said if it feels good to be right, you can be right....

lol i dont have to be rite im just stating the facts.  that trolling motor doesnt know not to chop cover i do.  thats all it boils down to man.  and in muddy water even i cant see them all.  im sure if you were fishing the stuff i am you would agree man.  no need for ruffled feathers.



tried the long rods and snagged too much. tried light jigs and snagged too much.(not enough feel)  tried lots of things over the years but none as good as vertical jig deep in cover.  the stain helps get away with it when they hold 4ft under the boat.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: taxid on Oct 01, 2021, 05:54 PM
ive been here already.  its called full grown man in the nose of small boat.(not motor) the nose heavy stance of the hull in the water causes the erratic tracking.  i had one clamped on the nose of a12'er and it did same thing.

Come on Tim you're more than a full grown man!  :rotflol:
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 01, 2021, 10:17 PM
lol i dont have to be rite im just stating the facts.  that trolling motor doesnt know not to chop cover i do.  thats all it boils down to man.  and in muddy water even i cant see them all.  im sure if you were fishing the stuff i am you would agree man.  no need for ruffled feathers.



tried the long rods and snagged too much. tried light jigs and snagged too much.(not enough feel)  tried lots of things over the years but none as good as vertical jig deep in cover.  the stain helps get away with it when they hold 4ft under the boat.

I dont think a discussion is ruffled feathers at all.  If I get time ill post my facts with a short video.  I get what you are saying but every old dog can learn new tricks.  Look even Cecil is getting down with the spot lock! 

Now to be clear Im not suggesting at all that what you are doing doesnt work.  I know it does its how I did it when I was younger and only had a canoe to mess with. 
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: fishogger on Oct 02, 2021, 05:32 AM
Cecil has been in my boat and seen how i get on top of all the trash, in current. anyone with any fishing knowledge knows better than to try. ill say again, a prop would just chew cover and spook the fish.  thats not my opinion like i said its fact from 40yrs of doing it.  most times i just hold on to some of the limbs sticking out of the water. if your not stealthy the big ones will move off or just clam up.  i dont even run my troller deep in the cover at all if i can help it.  i sure wouldn't let one run constantly.  its just a different kind of fishing than you do thats all. hell i rarly see anyone fishing the way i do around here.  most are too afraid of scratching their 50thousand dollar boats to get in where they need to.  its just not a tool i could use the way i fish 75% of the time.


haha this old dog need not even try because he know what the results would be.  no new tricks to learn from some trolling motor here. lol  my pics always speak for themselves.

glad your not ruffled but it sounded that way.  everyone has opinions and its good to argue sometimes.  but on this site the conversations just get removed like they are teachers and we are the kids. lol  censorship has no place in adult conversations. its the tool of the weak minded. ;D

Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: taxid on Oct 02, 2021, 08:13 AM
Tim (Fish Hogger) gets right on top of the brush and fishes right over he side. I caught a 16 inch crappie with him like that.

Tim have you ever marked fish in the middle of the river in a channel or slot? Seems like the Spotlock would be handy there vs dropping an anchor?
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: fishogger on Oct 05, 2021, 03:25 PM
yes Cecil sometime in 0ctober they will school up on the channel edges.  then the almighty spotloc could help. lol  if they were deep enough.  thats only 6-8weeks and i mostly deer hunt that time frame. never said it had no purpose just not one id use much.  and definitely not in heavy cover the prop would contact. lol


Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: taxid on Oct 05, 2021, 04:58 PM
yes Cecil sometime in 0ctober they will school up on the channel edges.  then the almighty spotloc could help. lol  if they were deep enough.  thats only 6-8weeks and i mostly deer hunt that time frame. never said it had no purpose just not one id use much.  and definitely not in heavy cover the prop would contact. lol

I've had my best fishing during bow season. Also not many other anglers out.  Clear lake bluegill monsters after Clear Lake turns over in October!
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 06, 2021, 06:44 PM
Cecil has been in my boat and seen how i get on top of all the trash, in current. anyone with any fishing knowledge knows better than to try. ill say again, a prop would just chew cover and spook the fish.  thats not my opinion like i said its fact from 40yrs of doing it.  most times i just hold on to some of the limbs sticking out of the water. if your not stealthy the big ones will move off or just clam up.  i dont even run my troller deep in the cover at all if i can help it.  i sure wouldn't let one run constantly.  its just a different kind of fishing than you do thats all. hell i rarly see anyone fishing the way i do around here.  most are too afraid of scratching their 50thousand dollar boats to get in where they need to.  its just not a tool i could use the way i fish 75% of the time.


haha this old dog need not even try because he know what the results would be.  no new tricks to learn from some trolling motor here. lol  my pics always speak for themselves.

glad your not ruffled but it sounded that way.  everyone has opinions and its good to argue sometimes.  but on this site the conversations just get removed like they are teachers and we are the kids. lol  censorship has no place in adult conversations. its the tool of the weak minded. ;D

Amen to the last sentence.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: taxid on Oct 10, 2021, 08:12 AM
Well yesterday I paired and calibrated the heading sensor to the Terrova. At least I calibrated. The calibration went well with progress shown on the remote sensor after two circles, but I could bearly hear a tone when I did the pairing before that. (in fact tone was so faint I wasn't even sure if I wasn't hearing things.) When I allegedly paired the sensor with the Terrova, I didn't see the led flashing red on the heading sensor unit like one You tube video said would happen. Maybe that was an older model as my manual doesn't mention red flashing lights? (I have the bluetooth compatible Terrova unit made after 2017).

Will calibration still work without pairing or is the fact that the remote indicated successful calibration show the pairing worked? I seem to remember the Terrova will work w/o the heading sensor unit but not as well when it comes to Spotlock and Autopilot?

I need to take the boat out again and study the LED light pattern on the heading sensor unit I guess to be sure. And of course try out the Spotlock and Autopilot. Was crunched for time yesterday.

Keep in mind I am too old for technology to be second nature. I think the term a much younger friend that works with technology every day used for people like me is "techtard." Heck I'm still learning all the bells and whistles on my Helix unit!  Still trying to figure out how to move the depth curser up and down to mark a downrigger ball or fish!





Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: Mac Attack on Oct 10, 2021, 10:20 AM
The heading sensor is only a simple electronic compass and it only does two things.

If you pair your unit with a Hmingbird it will help show N, W, S, E location relative of your boat on the screen.

And also, and more important, it allows the Spot Loc Jog feature to be enabled on your ipilot.

It does not make Spot Loc or Autopilot more accurate.  Those two things, and other ipilot features, use the GPS in the head of the trolling motor.  A compass only indicates direction.  A GPS does the same but also indicates location and speed.  (Also elevation on some GPS units).  A GPS is far more accurate than any compass could be because it triangulates and calculates using multiple satellites whereas a compass basically uses one reference source - magnetic north.

Hope this helps.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: taxid on Oct 10, 2021, 01:09 PM
Thanks Mac!
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: taxid on Oct 13, 2021, 11:31 AM
This looks interesting but not sure I would get one as I'm happy with the set up I have.

https://pwrpux.com/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=paid_social&utm_campaign=POWERPUX-September-2021-Drive_To_Webiste_Ads&utm_content=June_Trolling_Motor&fbclid=IwAR0sdESpa85__a_rvFKG2TWeschGPH5gXPfnr-4efF8hgZbpyhQmsEBrDi8
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 13, 2021, 03:46 PM
I love that!
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: taxid on Oct 15, 2021, 10:35 AM
I love that!
Did you see the price tag? $500.00!
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: Mac Attack on Oct 15, 2021, 03:34 PM
B.O.A.T. =

Break Out Another Thousand
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: taxid on Oct 15, 2021, 07:57 PM
B.O.A.T. =

Break Out Another Thousand


 :rotflol: :rotflol: :rotflol:
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: taxid on Oct 15, 2021, 08:00 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/rHASbx5l.jpg)
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: fishinator on Oct 15, 2021, 09:41 PM
Boat- a hole in the water into which you throw money.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: lowaccord66 on Oct 17, 2021, 08:41 AM
I just got my stratos back... new lower unit and new seals on the sea star..bust out another thousand x2. 

The proline needs a trim tab fixed, new freshwater washdown pump and a trim guage....
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: Mac Attack on Oct 17, 2021, 10:08 AM
It never ends.
Title: Re: Finally got the Terrova mounted to the boat after two years!
Post by: taxid on Oct 17, 2021, 12:54 PM
I'm glad I only have a little 8 horse 4 cycle Yamaha outboard. And my boat is just a 14 1/2 foot Starcraft. But then the only large body or water within a few hours of me are the Great Lakes and compared to what the fishing used to be other than Erie I don't consider the worth driving to.  No ocean fishing here unfortunately!

(https://i.imgur.com/615Crcwm.jpg)