Mud Motor Talk—Are They For You.
Mud Motors were first introduced in the U.S. back in the early 70’s. Growing up, I ran longtails and surface drive mud motors in the swamps near me. I know some places have never even heard of or seen one. Thats why I figured it would be great to have a little mud motor talk today.
Mud motors are made to go through swamps, mud, over logs and stumps and are practically indestructible. They have a very direct, but yet versatile purpose for hunting, fishing, and just joy riding down here in the south. They have come a long way over the years, going from direct drive to now having forward, neutral, and reverse. They also have both manual and electric trims nowadays. I personally run a modded 35 Gator Tail. For me it’s the perfect all-around motor. It has instant reverse which is great for frogging and for being down the river pulling up at docks. The power it has is great for duck hunting to carry the load of hunters, decoys, gear, and dogs through mud and stumps to get to my favorite honey holes. The ease of operation is great with all of your switches located at the end of the handle by the throttle.
There are a number of manufacturers that produce these incredibly useful machines and each have their own set of pros and cons.
- Pro-Drive offers full power reverse with electric trim and a clutch, other brands have manual trim, no clutch, and no reverse for the keeping it simple folks. If you hunt in very heavy vegetation and light mud then the Pro-Drive would probably be the best choice for you.
- GTR mud motors come equipped with all of the bells and whistles, and also their customer service is second to none. They are beasts when it comes to getting through rough terrain. If you will be need to tread through thick mud, hard bottoms, stumps and vegetation then the Gator Tail may be the way to go.
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Another thing I really like about these motors is that they are easy to do maintenance work on and also hop-up to get a little more power. If you hunt open water and don’t have an absolute need for it I wouldn’t get one, outboards tend to last longer and are much faster generally. Boat choice is also key with these motors, make sure and do your research. These motors like a flat bottom hull with no disturbed water from ribs. Boat choice is a whole story on its own. If you currently own a Pro-Drive or Gator Tail mud motor, talk to me and let me know how you like it! Also, don’t forget to check out Marsh Mutt’s online store for all the hunting gear you need
Thanks for reading!