Fishing from a boat is the best way to go. Once you have experienced the ease of getting to the places you want to fish via boat, you will always want to fish from one. Since we are all creatures of wanting more toys and not doing without our toys, we have to get a trolling motor! In the latest issue of “My Fisherman’s Catalog of Desired Equipment”, I have reported that a trolling motor is no longer a “desired” accessory. It is now a “required” accessory for every fishing boat to have. I thought I might need this to prove to my wife that I was only buying what was necessary when I bought one. (I don’t think she bought it)
Obviously, I think highly of trolling motors. Today, there are many to choose from and the quality has improved dramatically during the past ten years or so. When you get one, you will have a dilemma due to the variety that is there for you to choose from. Be sure to stick with one of the most recognized brands, like Minn Kota. They offer every type of trolling motor and if you need service on a trolling motor from them, finding service will not be a problem. They have service affiliates everywhere and they are good. There are other brands as well, but my experience with Minn Kota has been excellent and the main idea here is to pick one that is well known, with a good reputation.
When you start to pick out your trolling motor, first of all, consider your needs. Take into account the type and size of the boat you have. If it is small and not really stable enough to make you feel comfortable to stand and fish, you won’t need a big motor. You won’t need a foot pedal accessory. You also will not need a BIG battery, but you will need a recharger. Most of the smaller trolling motors are 12v and getting a charger to handle the battery you will have is no problem.
Most of the accessories you need or possibly want are usually available from the dealer who sells you the motor. Your dealer can recommend correct sizes of the battery and charger for you. Their advice is usually quite good.
The other feature also has something to do with the type of boat you have – and that is – what kind of mount do you want to get so the trolling motor fits well with your boat. Again, the dealer can help you, but you want to think about location of the trolling motor and how you will attach it. If you boat is not comfortable to stand in when you fish, you will probably want it to be “transom” mounted. That way, you can be right near the trolling motor to guide the boat, know when to slow or stop, and how to handle the effect of the wind.
Now, if you do have a boat large enough to stand in when you fish, I think you want a “bow mount” and I think you will have the “ultimate” in fishing equipment! You have all seen the pro’s fish in the tournaments on TV. Notice they all have front mounted trolling motors and a foot control so they can maneuver at the same time they are fishing! Wow, I wish I could do that. You have to be able to catch more fish that way, simply because you spend more minutes with your line in the water and despite the years I have been fishing, I never have seen a fisherman catch many fish that jumped into his boat!
Like size and power, trolling motors come in a variety of prices. Your pocketbook may determine the size and power you buy, but try to hold to the outline I have given you above. Try to be sure the trolling motor fits your boat and the way you will need to fish because of the size and shape of your boat. The better you can match-up your boat and trolling motor, the happier you will be – and for many years.
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Happy Fishing and “Keep Plugging Away”.