Dave thanks. I had an itching idea that it was a good idea to have one. I have a small whaler and i was just fooling around with the idea. last season i would lose my position so quickly in the bay on certain days. You have your mounted on the bow or stern? My only issue is mucking up the bow with equipment.Guatemala Dave said:I believe it is my #1 tool for fishing. I attribute most of my catches to the Trolling Motor. I have a bow mounted, 24 volt, 80 ft pound Minn Kota on my 17' Pro Line and what It does is virturally shut off the wind. I keep the boat exactly where I want it 100% of the time.
Since I am usually live bait fishing I do want to drift with the tide, but the motor allows me to present my baits exactly along the productive edges and I never have to start the main motor to relocate my baits.
There is plenty of power to stem the tide if i do want to hold along bridge pilings or other structure and keep a bait stationary or even chase breaking fish on the flats where a big motor might put them down.
I have just finished installing a new pro80 series Minn Kota on my latest boat a Scout 202. I expect this to be the ultimate back bay and inshore striper machine.
If anyone is interested in the right trolling motor for their boat I would be glad to show what they can do and can get them for you and do the instalation if necessary.
I've been using a freshwater model for 5 years in the salt with no problems, just be sure to give it a good wash afterwords. I don't fish the backwaters without it.vos111 said:Am I correct in assuming that you need to use one made for salt water?