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Minn Kota Fortrex Trolling Motor DIY Install | Pro Rigger Tips

Installing a trolling motor reduces the overall cost of upgrading your boat so long as you complete the job correctly. Professional boat rigger, Andy Kratochvil of FishLectronics, takes the intimidation out of the process in this ultra-detailed step-by-step installation of a new Minn Kota Fortrex trolling motor.

While GPS-enabled trolling motors like the sophisticated Minn Kota Ultrex have taken the limelight, the Fortrex remains a venerable product thanks to its quiet power, durability, and reliability. In fact, it remains the preferred trolling motor for Florida-based pro bass anglers John Cox and Keith Carson.


Kratochvil has installed hundreds of trolling motors and shares several tips and tricks to speed the process and ensure the job is done right the first time. He tackles upgrading an older aluminum Jon boat this time around, with the content aimed squarely at the “do it yourself” angler who likes saving money and tackling some hands-on projects.

And if you’re interested in the Ultrex, check out Andy’s Minn Kota Ultrex installation video.