Re: pros and cons of trolling motors

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Posted by Jon Higashiuchi on 2014-01-10 16:06:49 in reply to pros and cons of trolling motors posted by Bill Bishop on 2014-01-10 07:05:08

I've done quite a bit of tarpon fishing on a skiff with a bow mounted trolling motor. It has its advantages such as moving to head off moving fish or maneuver closer to laid up fish before poling. The new motors are quiet and the skiff has gone right over tarpon laid up midway from the bottom of the water column. The trolling motor was controlled by the guide using a remote and initially caused me some grief. In the beginning, pre-trolling motor, when the boat is spun, the bow (which includes me standing on the casting platform) is the pivot point. When we first started using the trolling motor, I was nearly thrown off the boat several times due to the guide punching the wrong speed button when spinning the boat, because now, the stern is the pivot point and balancing on the platform for me, became a not so welcome adventure. A little later with the addition of the casting cage, that became a non problem.

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