Mar 10

choosing a trolling motorFishing is all about stealth. It requires a quiet approach. It can be almost impossible not to scare fish away when you arrive thundering in a fishing hole with your noisy gas-powered onboard motor spouting smoke and stirring water. Here trolling motors act like a real godsend for the fishing fraternity. They are electric and are much quieter than gas-powered motors. Not only anglers can have total control over their boat all the times, but they can also move comfortably from place to place and eventually get more fish in their craft. Moreover they are absolutely handy for the method in their namesake, trolling. You can find a huge array of trolling motors for sale, but choosing an ideal one can be tricky. Here are some best tips for you to choose a perfect trolling motor.

Thrust

Thrust measures how much the motor propels the craft through water. Its unit is pounds. The larger your boat, the more pounds of thrust you will require from your trolling motor. Experts suggest that for every 200 pounds of your boat’s weight, you need 5 pounds of thrust. Thus to decide the thrust your trolling motor will need, add its probable weight to its maximum weight capacity, divide this by 200 and bingo! You get the desired thrust amount.

Voltage

The battery power you need for your trolling motor depends on your boat’s size. Trolling motors have three categories according to voltage: 12, 24 and 36 volts. `12 volts run on a single 12 volt battery. They are the cheapest and least powerful category of trolling motor. 24 volts run on 2 12-volt batteries while 36 volts run on 3 12-volt batteries.

Those who use big fishing crafts often should use a 24- or 36-volt trolling motor. And those who fish for short time and irregularly all through the season can do well with a 12-volt battery. 12-volts are also perfect for canoes, kayaks and dinghies.

Bow Mounts or Transom Mounts

Trolling motors come as bow mounts or transom mounts. The former are installed on the front of the craft, while the later clamp over the stern. Both have their pros and cons. Bow mounts offer the boat driver more maneuverability; however they are more suitable for bigger boats. Transom mounts can be fitted on any boat (though they are more suited for smaller ones) but have less maneuverability and control. Many anglers having bass boats prefer using bow mounts.

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As a rule of thumb, if the boat is 14 feet or longer, you should use a bow mount. If your boat is smaller, like a canoe, dinghy or kayak, use a transom.

Length of Shaft

Make sure to figure out the length of the motor’s shaft before purchasing. Longer boats require longer shafts, whereas smaller boats need a shorter shaft. Some tips from the experts are to help you decide the length of shaft, first take some measurements by putting your boat in the water. For transom mount, measure the length from top of transom to the waterline, and for bow mounts, measure the length from the top of the bow to the waterline. After taking the measurement, add 18 inches and you get the correct shaft length required by your trolling motor respective to your boat.

Foot Control and Hand Control

How do you want to operate your motor – by hand or foot? The most basic motors are hand controlled, while the fancier ones are foot controlled or even have a remote control.

Foot control keeps your hands free for movement on the deck, which can help bass fishermen who constantly move on the deck and cast from the bow. The drawback of foot control is it is expensive, may occupy more deck space and have a slow response sometimes.

Hand controls operate from the bow on the boat. Its drawback is your hands are engaged with it, but that’s not a big downside in the long run.

New Advancements

Nowadays new scientific advancements have taken place in trolling motors too, like digital displays showing water depth, speed and other such information, self-directional motors moving the craft in a straight path as per shorelines, wind speed and depth contours, and fitted battery gauges helping you to know the amount of juice left in the motor.