In today’s world of angling, the electric trolling motor has proven to be one of the most important innovative devices for your boat.
Whether you fish recreationally or on a competitive level, trolling motors are an essential piece of equipment. Consequently, not having an electric trolling motor on your boat simply puts you at a serious disadvantage because it limits the way you fish.
Trolling motors also allows you to fish ultra quiet and gives you a stealthy approach to site fishing. Having a trolling motor mounted both fore and aft on your boat gives you better boat control and allows for more versatility, leaving every option of fishing method and technique at your disposal.
Traditionally, bass fisherman use bow mounted trolling motors to position their boats a distance off the lake perimeter so they can toss a series of fan casts to the bank and retrieve their baits while not disturbing the waters bass predominantly live in.
Bass fisherman will also use trolling motors to position their boats and hover near a piece of structure off the bank to work the area diligently and thoroughly as well. Despite all the wind and wave activity, a trolling motor will help keep you positioned.
Another tactic bass fisherman will use is to set up perpendicular off a bluff and cast with the shelf as apposed to casting across it, to maximize the presentation by keeping it in the strike zone longer.
Walleye anglers use trolling motors to position the boat for casting, but will inherently use trolling motors for controlling the boat while jig fishing.
Walleye fisherman will also use the wind to their advantage combining the use of a drift sock deployed off the bow and a transom mounted trolling motor engaged in reverse, to slow the boat down.
Methods such as snap jigging and working swim baits are great ways of fishing while drifting. Another fishing method used with transom mounted trolling motors by walleye anglers is back trolling.
Although gas tiller motors have traditionally been used for back trolling, using an electric motor again gives you a near silent advantage and allows you to stay on structure without spooking the fish.
Slow trolling using a bow mounted electric trolling motor is a great option to have when waters are cold and fish are lethargic. The electric trolling motor will troll much slower than a gas outboard and when speeds below 1.5 mph or lower is critical to catching fish or not, having the electric option is a plus.
Utilizing planer boards with a slow trolling application is the stealthiest and most silent method you can implement. The planer board can be deployed in excess of a hundred feet on each side of the boat and because of the quiet operation of the trolling motor, the odds of fish detecting you has drastically reduced.
Another tactic that can be extremely successful when using trolling motors for fishing is establishing a pattern with search baits. With the bow mount unit engaged at a moderate speed, you and a partner can eliminate the unproductive waters by casting out a multitude of search baits in different sizes, shapes and colors until the right ticket has been discovered.
For fishing on lakes that do not allow gas outboards, such as Aurora and Quincy reservoirs in Colorado, the trolling motor is the only option of power. For lakes that do allow gas engines, the electric trolling motor is a good back up when the main engine fails and could be the only means of power getting you back to the dock.
At the end of the day, the trolling motor is a most invaluable tool to have on your boat because it gives you overall better boat control, allows you to be more versatile and presents more options when it comes to the many different ways to fish.
If you want to be in better control on your next fishing trip, get a trolling motor mounted on your boat from your local Aurora Marine dealer.