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Need Step by step on how to test line voltage

Postby Easy II » Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:16 am

I have been reading all the posts about line voltage and what is the good the bad and the ugly and also the positive of this topic. But I cant seem to find a step by step on how to conduct the tests. I am now curious what my boat is putting out. 34' Wooden Troller.

I found this on the internet, (which means it has to be true right!) " Different species of bony and cartilaginous fish respond to different voltages. The recommended voltages for common sport species are as follows:chinook salmon - .60 volt; coho salmon - .65; sockeye salmon - .75; kokaneesalmon - .65; halibut - .45; lake trout - .65; catfish - .50; rainbow trout- .65; brown trout - .65; cutthroat - .65; black bass - .75; sharks - .40;striped bass - .65; and, sturgeon - .50.

It came up when I googled how to test for voltage. I have asked a few folks at the docks but could not get a definite answer. So if any one could line me out it would be appreciated.

Thank you
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Re: Need Step by step on how to test line voltage

Postby Crawfish » Wed Mar 04, 2015 7:17 am

1: Lower a lead into the water.
2: Hook up your volt meter's negative to your engine block/bonding system.
3:Set your volt meter to read tenths of a volt.
4: Touch the positive lead to the trolling wire and read voltage.

That is your line voltage.
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