Re: pros and cons of trolling motors

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Posted by Dave Sellers on 2014-01-10 15:22:55 in reply to Re: pros and cons of trolling motors posted by Dan Blanton on 2014-01-10 12:00:26

I have yet to find a means of keeping a boat in perfect alignment relative to the shore with uncooperative wind unless a drag anchor or second troller is deployed. I find that keeping the boat at a constant distance from the shore is as close to perfect that you can achieve with a single trolling motor. The ipilot does that. It works off of a gps line not a compass line. You have to adjust the speed from time to time to deal with wind as it tries to blow you to shore or you can used advanced settings to set a speed such as .2 mph and the ipilot will hold the line and adjust speed automatically (few people even know about this feature let alone master it). Further, as you mention, it does hold you in a spot so in one of your (and my) favorite types of fishing, rockfish fishing, it is invaluable. You won't drift off of your rock pile and you don't have to worry about using a float indicator or an anchor, which is easily lost in the tangled undersea world. In striper type fishing the ipilot is also great for avoiding blowing out your school. When you hook up along a slough, simply hit anchor and you are set. Amazing for places like the windmill and other spots where you run a weed edge, approach the hot zone, run into a major school, get hooked up and then just press that anchor and focus on the task at hand without any worries about blowing out the school by fish pulling you to shore or the wind blowing you to shore, or away from shore or the current doing any of the above. Same is true if you are fishing uphill on a point near the shore. Deploy the electronic anchor and fish without fussing over the all.

The ipilot is not a incremental improvement, it's a game changer that will simply result in more fish and less headaches. Like anything, it takes time to master but the technology is such that most of the expertise is built in. With your considerable skills at working your troller, you will find it a snap and will master it in no time.

The crow is plucked and ready for the roaster.......don't go there until you have given it a serious try yourself, not as an observer or passenger. Again, with your skills, prepared to be blown away by what it does to your fishing in both enjoyment and numbers of fish boated.


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