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Updated: Apr 30

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Lithium batteries are gaining momentum in the bass fishing world and as the price of these batteries continue to drop, I believe they will become the industry standard over time. Lithium batteries have some serious advantages for bass boats like; no drop in power from fading batteries, they deliver full power until they shut off (I know some of you just cringed, but we’ll get to this in a bit). Quick charge; I haven’t timed the charge time of my Ionic Litihum Deep Cycle 12V50-EP yet, but it can’t be more than a few hours with my Minn Kota Precision MK 460 PC which is a 4 bank 15 amp/bank charger. In addition to other advantages like an app to see your battery life, the smaller profile of the battery itself, 3000-5000 cycles, the biggest advantage is the weight savings compared to an AGM or Lead-Acid batteries. Weight translates into more fuel consumption so taking weight out of your boat not only means a faster time to get on pad, faster top end, but you’ll burn less fuel, and ultimately save money.

I’ve always been one to just buy deep cycle marine batteries at Costco for about $100 each out the door, run then for 2 years, and then replace them. So what changed my mind to drop a lot of money on lithium trolling motor batteries? For me, it was weight savings…I know, I know, my boat (Allison XB21 2+2) is already light! I wanted to run a bigger prop and was having difficulties getting on pad when I went higher that a 26 pitch prop and I felt losing 100lbs in the rear would do the trick.

I started my research, which went on for about a year and half before I ultimately pulled the trigger. I read everything I could find on which batteries were “the best”, to speaking with a few manufactures. Everything I read on social media said you needed 100Ah batteries so I kept going back and forth from 3 12v’s to one or two 36v batteries, but every time I added them to the cart it was over $3,000 so I closed the browser. $3000 is a really big investment and you have to weigh the pro's and con's to see if that's right for your situation. Then I started to see a few of my friends posting about their new Ionic lithium batteries which I hadn’t heard of before. I went on their website and the 1st battery that popped up was the 12v 50Ah and it was on sale in November with a discount code for $435 each…….that really caught my eye. I went back to see who posted about these batteries and spoke with 3 different people who are all running three 12v 50Ah Ionic Lithuim Batteries. They were all happy with them AND have not yet ran them down on the water yet! At the $435 price point I paid, that puts them a little more than high end AGM batteries like the Optima Bluetop D31M at $330 each. The next logical question is, are these batteries worth the extra $105 each? The Ionic Litihum Deep Cycle 12V50-EP are about half the size of a some group 31 batteries and only weighs 14.3lbs, compared to the Optima Bluetop D31M that weighs 59.8lbs. That’s a 45.5lbs difference per battery or 136.6lbs total weight saving for three batteries, that’s a big savings! For the Costco batteries I was running it was just over 100lbs savings for me. I pulled the trigger and bought 3 in November 2019!

How have they performed?

I couldn’t be happier with my purchase! I had to move some weight around in my boat because I had my boat dialed in with an extra 100lbs on the passenger side and the boat would lean on the driver’s side. Quick fix and my new hole shot was drastically better! I was able to run a 27P Promax prop, but haven’t had a chance to test it with 2 people and a full livewell to see if I can run it in a tournament. These batteries are so small that I saved a lot of room in the compartment I have them in, so that’s awesome too.

I’m sure the biggest question you have right now is are the 50Ah batteries enough? We’ll the answer is emphatically YES and it get’s better! I’ve fished 3 tournaments with the 3 12v 50Ah batteries and haven’t even come close to running them down!

As I mentioned in my last article about the Lowrance Ghost trolling motor, I had an issue that turned out to be my charger. Being that the batteries were new my 1st thought was that it was the battery, so I called Lithium Hub and spoke with Martin and he said it's highly unlikely it's the battery and more likely it's the charger, but without questioning it further they sent me a new battery and a return slip. You can’t beat customer service like that! Once I received my new battery I called back to see what the results of the test on the battery I sent back and he said; “you’re not going to like this; but the battery is fine, it was just run down.” Then they had me hook my new battery up and test the volts/amp coming out of my charger and sure enough it was, as they thought, the charger. One bank died and therefore I ran that one battery all they down. When you run a lithium battery all the way down it goes into sleep mode and you have to "wake it up".

It’s important to buy a good battery, but it’s just as important to buy one with great customer service. Things happen and you want to know whatever company you buy from will stand behind their product and take care of you! I give Lithium Hub an A+ on product and customer service so far!

Since the bank went out on my charger I switched my Lowrance Ghost TM to 24v and to my surprise, I still can't run these batteries down!


Most lithium batteries come with warranties up to 10 years! The Ionics batteries come with a 5 year warranty and 30 day return policy.


Lithium batteries won’t be for everyone solely based on the price. For a lot of boats the $100/ea battery option like I was doing was perfectly fine. For serious tournament anglers, I think it’s more a matter of when vs. if you’re going to upgrade. The quick charge, ability to see your battery life on the app, full power throughout, longer lifespan, and lighter weight makes the investment worth it in my opinion. If you're running the Lowrance Ghost or the Garmin Force TM you could test the 24v system first and see if you need the 3rd battery, that's a great way to reap the benefits at less than the cost of one 100Ah lithium battery.

I informed Lithium Hub that I was writing an article and will be including their batteries and asked if they would like to include a discount for my readers and they said yes!

Company: Lithium Hub

Battery: Ionic Litihum Deep Cycle 12V50-EP

Discount Code: m3outdoors5 for 5% off (less than I paid), making them a little more affordable.

#lithiumbatteries #lithiumbattery #marinebattery #deepcyclebattery #trollingmotor #tournamentfishing #boatupgrade #bassfishing #ionicbattery #lithiumhub

Updated: Jun 4

Photo Credit: Rod Wynn

The trolling motor industry has made significant strides and there are some great options if you're looking to upgrade, but there is one feature on the new Lowrance Ghost that makes it the clear number one option! I am on the Lowrance team, but what I'm going to talk about is an indisputable advantage over the others.

Before we talk about what sets the Lowrance Ghost a part from the other trolling motors out there; let's talk about some of the other awesome features.

Brushless Motor

Aside from being significantly quieter, it also draws less power

Fly-by-Wire Steering

It took a few minutes to get the hang of how the pedal responds (which is a lot easier than the one I was using). Once you get the hang of it, it's so smooth.

Interchangeable Nosecone Transducer

The ability to upgrade to the most current transducer in a plug and play way is really forward thinking!

Stow & Deploy

Easier to deploy and stow than any other trolling motor, Ghost has a dual-action gas spring to help push the trolling motor off the deck to deploy. It also cushions the motor and auto aligns itself when stowing to lie flat on the mount. This feature saves your back at the end of the day!

360-Degree Breakaway Mount

The 360-degree breakaway mount is designed to take the brunt of any impacts and will automatically realign itself once clear of impacted structure. An integrated stabilizer bar reduces bouncing when on plane in rough water. Accidents happen and we've all either come close or have smashed into a rock or stump that came out of nowhere. Knowing that I'm not going to snap the shaft is a big deal for me.

Programmable Foot Pedal

I love having the ability to program the buttons on my foot pedal to control my Power Poles and waypoints! The flip switch is another great feature if you're accustom to using hitting the switch on the right or left side.

Full integration with Lowrance HDS LIVE, HDS Carbon and Elite Ti² displays

The ability to create a course, adjust the speed, etc. all from your graphs is awesome!

What is the one feature that set's the Lowrance Ghost apart?

It's the ability to switch from 36v system to a 24v system and visa versa! But why is this a big/huge deal?

The 4 most common boat related issues that happen while in a tournament or just fun fishing are: blown motor, damaged lower unit, broken prop blade, and dead batteries. The Ghost can't help with three of the four I just mentioned, but with a simple reprogram you can go from a 36v system to a 24v system in less than 20 mins and you're back fishing. I haven't heard anyone really talk about how amazing this feature is! Most cases, if your TM batteries die it's most likely one battery that died or one bank on your charger that went out and didn't charge one battery. This feature could mean walking away with a trophy, a W, and cash or a last place finish!

I just put this feature to use!

Here's something that just happened to me so I truly know how big of a deal this is. 1st, let me show you my setup 3 12v 50Ah Lithium Hub Ionic Batteries

The last tournament I fished was the Wild West Bass Trail Pro-Am at New Melones and after a tough day one; I brushed it off, retied everything, plugged in the boat, ate dinner, and crashed out. In the morning, I seen all green lights on the Minn Kota Precision 460pc and went out and had a better day 2. A week went by and I was out to the Delta in the the next day, so I went to charge the batteries when I noticed I had a flashing light that later turned into a red/dead battery light on one of the banks/batteries. My batteries (Lithium Hub Ionic Battery) are only 4ish months old so I assumed it was the battery. Called the company and they said it's highly unlikely it's the battery and more likely it's the charger, but without questioning it further they sent me a new battery and a return slip (AWESOME customer service and my next article will be on them). After some more trouble shooting it was, as they thought, the charger. One bank died and therefore I ran that one battery all they down. When you run a lithium battery all the way down it goes into sleep mode and you have to "wake it up".

With any other trolling motor, I would have been stuck waiting for a new charger (warranty, it's just over 2 years old). Instead, this is what I did:

It took me a whopping 15 minutes to switch from a 36v system to a 24v system and I was ready to fish in the morning!Side note, I fished from 6:30AM to 5:00PM on the Delta (tidal water) and only used 49% of my batteries juice, way better than I anticipated (24v systems draw more power than 36v sytems).

I'm telling you guys, this one feature is a ....I know you all hate this term, but I have to use it here.... GAME CHANGER! Is the Lowrance Ghost the perfect trolling motor? No, but it's pretty close! I'm here at answer any questions you guys might have so feel free to message me on Mike Malinao Outdoors Facebook.

Heads up, my next article will be lithium batteries and if they're right for you. Spoiler alert, I'm working on getting a discount code (M3Outdoors5) for my readers!

#lowrance #lowranceghost #trollingmotor #ultrex #minnkotaultrex #garminforce #motorguide #motorguidetourpro #36v #24v

**Edit, just learned the Garmin Force TM also has the ability to go from 36v to 24v**

Updated: Apr 14

With the Shelter In Place order I think we're all going a little stir crazy so I thought I'd share a tip that has saved me a lot of money in plastics! Like everyone else, I used the traditional O-rings to Wacky Rig and Neko Rig plastic worms and even used clear plastic straws that I cut down. Everything changed when I ran across a video Bassmaster Elite Pro Takahiro Omori did on what he uses to Wacky Rig his worms. I immediately went to my local tackle shop Coyote Bait & Tackle and asked the owner Denise if she's seen the tool he was using, unfortunately she hadn't. I really wanted to use this set up so I began search all over the internet to find it. Here's a quick video on what I'm using and how I'm using it.

I have 3 different sizes; 5/16", 1/4", and 3/16" of the silicon tubing, but I mainly use the 1/4" and 3/16.

5/16" for 7" Senkos

1/4" for 5" & 6" Senkos and Daiwa SV Fats

3/16" for thinner worms

The tool is actually a medical tool called a Child size Nasal Speculum

The Silicon Tubing ranges from $14-17 and comes in 10' rolls so they will last forever. The Nasal Speculum is $5.49 so extremely inexpensive.

In the video I show another trick for Texas Rigs that's a must have when flipping Senkos!

As always, hope this helps!

Here's the links on Amazon:

Nasal Speculum

Silicon Tubing

#wackyrig #nekorig #bassfishing #tipsandtricks #fishing #daiwaneko