QUICK GUIDE TO FISHING WITH AN ELECTRIC BOAT TROLLING MOTOR
Have you ever struggled to control your boat in wind or current? Not able to keep the boat in position next to the perfect snag? Spooking fish with a noisy outboard motor?
Read on… We have the solution.
It’s exciting, but frightening, how rapidly technology advances. Equally impressive is the human ability to adapt behaviour and integrate this technology into daily life. The advent of smartphones is one striking example that has dramatically altered society. When did you last visit a café or restaurant and actually see people talk to each other? Most of us now have our heads buried in a screen busily checking the weather or reading online content such as fishing blogs.
Technology has also influenced the behaviour of fishermen. One huge advance over the past 15 years has been the integration of electric motors on trailer boats. In the early 2000s, only a handful of tournament fishermen in Australia took advantage of the benefits of a foot-controlled bow-mount electric motor, but I dare say that these days few lure fishermen would be on the water without one.
Electric motors such as the Watersnake make angling activities so much easier. Whether you’re bait or lure fishing, electric boat motors improve your ability to target and catch fish. Below are a few of the advantages of electric motors for those who have yet to see the light.
Electric motors can be deployed to hold a boat in position in current or wind, allowing an angler to fish a particular spot or feature for longer. Gone are the days of motoring upstream or upwind and using inaccurate drifts to target specific features. Electric motors help you control where you want to be and when you want to be there.
Electric motors provide much finer and more accurate adjustments to a boat’s position than an outboard motor ever could. An electric motor will allow you to track slowly along the contours of a bank, turn around to retrieve lures or floats or weave your way carefully around obstacles and into tight creeks.
STEALTH AND EFFICIENCY
Outboards chew up fuel and spook fish with the noise and commotion that they create. Electric motors use battery power and are extremely quiet. They let you sneak up to a structure or creep across a sand flat without alerting the fish to your presence. The element of stealth provides increased opportunity to get casts to unwary fish.
HANDS-FREE OR REMOTE OPERATION
Electric motors have two modes of operation. The traditional control system is through a foot pedal. Foot pedals are usually intuitive with a left and right steering function and a speed control dial. Foot pedals allow hands-free operation so that anglers can focus on casting, retrieving and fighting fish. Some electric motors also incorporate a remote control system. These systems provide remote operation of the electric from anywhere in a boat and gives anglers the freedom to move around. A secondhand remote can be given to another angler so that control responsibilities can be shared.
Newer models of electric motors feature an integrated Global Positioning System (GPS) that allows anglers to mark a position over a snag or feature in the water. The electric motor will then automatically adjust its speed and direction to hold the boat at the marked position. This feature allows anglers to focus on catching the fish.
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