Bob’s Machine Shop

There is a new essential piece of equipment for 2017: The Big D Trolling motor handle. It’s the latest boating innovation from Bob’s Machine Shop, developed in conjunction with their large, growing prostaff, that’s making it easier for anglers to get a grip on their trolling motor.


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“Factory trolling motor ropes always break from dry rot or use & other aftermarket handles are made of cheap inferior materials,” says Bob’s Machine V.P. of Sales and Marketing Steve Pelini. “We knew there had to be a better answer for that than what’s out there.” The solution came in the form of the Big D, an oversized, solid handle with an integrated cable. The patent-pending Big D is locked to your trolling motor using a stainless steel cable clamp, to secure it to your unit and keep it from slipping.

“It allows your whole hand to grip the unit and give a strong pull,” adds Pelini. “With other options, you can only fit your finger tips in—or maybe three fingers—but we wanted something big enough to accommodate all anglers.”

FLW Tour pros Bill McDonald and Barry Wilson say the Big D is already helping them catch more fish by keeping common trolling motor problems at bay. “I’ve used the factory trolling motor cables and other aftermarket handles,” says FLW veteran McDonald. “With the handle molded into the cable system on the Big D, you don’t have to worry about jerking on it and watching the handle come off in your hand. It’s not tied on. It uses a real cable clamp.”

“The thing I like most about the handle is how easy it is to install,” adds Wilson, who’s been fishing the FLW circuit since 2012. “It’s simple to install. The construction of it makes it extremely durable, and it’s absolutely awesome.”

Bassmaster Elite Bobby Lane simply states, “It’s the best trolling motor pull handle I’ve ever used.”

The innovation represents another carefully-crafted upgrade to any serious angler’s boat from Bob’s Machine Shop. Suggested MSRP for The Big D from Bob’s Machine Shop is $39.99, but Bob’s is offering the trolling motor upgrade for an introductory rate of $29.99 for a limited time.

“As with all of Bob’s products,” McDonald adds, “The Big D was designed with a lot of thought. It really is first class.”

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