The ideal way to determine the best stainless steel prop for a given bass boat is to test run the boat on the water with a variety of props. Few anglers have access to the various props needed to do this, including me.
I did online research, talked to marinas, boat companies and Mercury techies to get opinions on the best prop for my boat and motor combination. When I started this task, I was thinking in terms of a four-blade prop. Four blades generally hold better at crawl speed when you’re navigating huge waves on big water, such as Lake Erie.
However, Mercury’s three-bladed Tempest prop with a 23-inch pitch was recommended to me from several sources, including anglers who had a boat and motor similar to mine. The Tempest prop’s blades have a large surface area, which allows it to perform well at top end and at crawl speed in treacherous water.
The Tempest prop has proved to be an excellent match. My hole shot and mid-range acceleration are tremendous. Also, I’ve bucked big waves with the boat at Champlain, Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair and the prop has yet to lose its grip.