MotorGuide Bow Mount Hand-Control Review

Roman Herrick
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It's been long overdue, but today we finally got around to publishing our expert review on the MotorGuide Bow Mount Hand-Control.

Let’s see if it lives up to the hype.

Our rating: 4 / 10

Cost: $$$$

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  • Easy to store
  • Ergonomic handle
  • Easy to switch from forward to reverse
  • Great trolling motor for freshwater use
  • Sturdy and durable


  • Only produces up to 3 horsepower
  • Does not work well for seawater

Trolling motors are critical components to work when fishing for bass, catfish, walleye, and other species of freshwater. With over 3 million people fishing a year, bass and other species are some of the most sought after game in the nation and with this motor is no exception.

The MotorGuide Bow Mount Hand-Control trolling motor is light weight and comes in a small carrying case that can attach to your bow. The motor comes with a robust three-blade propeller for more power than ever and reaches speeds up to 35mph which will help make the motor easy to navigate. The down side of this motor, which is not necessarily a downside of the motor, is that it only works on freshwater.

The MotorGuide system is connected to your motor by a cable. Not only does this give you increased control when operating the motor, but it also gives you more control over the control when you need to make any adjustments needed to make the motor go in the direction you need or want. The handle is a twist handle that allows you to grip easier and for handling in the wind, which can also have the power to move the motor back and forth. The flex shaft allows you to get in a more comfortable and natural position for more power.

This product is easy to install on any bow or trolling motor so it can be used on your boat or fishing poles as well. The package of the motor comes with the motor, battery, charging cable, and mounting brackets so you can have an out-of-the-box product ready to go.

This is one of the best trolling motors for its price and its features. It has a very rough start, which can put some people off, but once it is up and running it works great.

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