Re: pros and cons of trolling motors

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Posted by BIll Bishop on 2014-01-11 06:44:47 in reply to Re: pros and cons of trolling motors posted by Dan Blanton on 2014-01-10 17:12:14


I think there is much to learn from the bass anglers. If I spent more time in the backcountry there is no question I would install a power pole on my skiff. Most of my angling these days is along the coast where seas prohibit the use of this device. Rough seas and ground swells don't mix well with the power pole concept.

I have owned several skiffs using twin electric's. They have their own set of drawbacks. Turning radius suffers even when one is in reverse with the other in forward. Also, in order to achieve this someone must manually adjust the motors.

Like you, I have spent three decades fishing with Tommy Locke in Homosassa. He introduced me to the twin motor set up years ago. We both struggled with the brain damage of making this system work. Like your guide, Tommy removed all trolling motors from his skiff some years ago.

I really wish I could do the same however, fishing alone makes this difficult. I have made an effort to utilize the sight advantage a guide has atop a poling platform has by adding a casting tower on the forward deck. This works however it introduces some new challenges such as line control and controlling the speed and direction of the trolling motor. I still cling to a manual steer trolling motor but with a few modifications. Steering and adjusting the speed of the motor comes into play in numerous instances. Fighting a fish alone is one very important example. When located up in the forward casting tower, reaching the speed adjustment is awkward because reaching the handle is impossible without stepping down to the deck level.

I installed an extension handle on my electric motor to enable me to steer. When fighting a fish I often steer using my foot to turn the handle thus leaving my hands free. There still remains the need to adjust the speed of the motor. Motor guide uses a device called a potentiometer to adjust the speed settings. This is located inside the head of the motor toward the rear portion. I elected to try something that worked like a charm for my application. I did consult with Motor Guide prior to do this and their technical fellow said he saw no reason why this wouldn't work without damage to the motor. I removed the potentiometer from the inside of the enclosed head and using like wires installed it inside the end of the tube of the extension handle. After waterproofing the installation I added an adjustment knob to the stem. It works like a charm and allow me to adjust the speed by a quick spin of the knob from atop the tower. I also added an off the shelf motor guide foot control to activate the motor and turn it off.

I just ordered a new motor and plan to do the same modification to it as well.

Like I said, I wish I could get by without the eggbeater but that simply isn't possible.

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