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You might be wondering what is a trolling motor? A trolling motor is a unit that contains an electric motor, controls, and a
propeller and is normally affixed to an angler’s boat at the stern or at the bow. However, a gasoline-powered outboard if not the main source of propulsion and used in trolling could be referred to as a trolling motor. Trolling motors are
fixed a little bit above the water in order to reduce a drag effect when operating the boat’s main engine.
- 1 Uses of a trolling motor:
- 2 Design of trolling motors:
- 3 Types of trolling motors:
- 4 Advantages of foot-control
- 5 Advantages of hand control
- 6 Additional features on trolling Motors
Uses of a trolling motor:
A trolling motor used for game fishing is normally a secondary means of
propulsion. It is fixed on the transom along with the main outboard motor. It
can also be fixed on a bracket for an effective support.
Secondary source of power for accurate maneuvering. This is important to help the angler cast his or
her baits where the fish are located. A trolling motor designed for this
purpose is normally fixed on the bow.
Design of trolling motors:
Electric trolling motors. These are modern motors designed at 12V, 24 V, and
36V brushed DC electric motor. This design takes advantage of the 12V deep
cycle battery that is mainly available for marine applications. The WonderTrol
model of Shakespeare could operate on a 6V or a 12V battery. The electric motor
is housed within a watertight chamber at the edge of the shaft, and mostly
submerged during operation to minimize cases of overheating.
Gasoline powered motors. These are small motors used for trolling on boats
with large engines that do not operate quietly or efficiently at high trolling
speeds. Gasoline-powered motors come with a manual pull-start system, a gear
shift control, and a throttle fixed on the motor’s body. They also come with a
tiler for steering, but for trolling, it is connected to the steering system at
Types of trolling motors:
Trolling motors are of two types.
1.Transom mount motors.
These motors are designed to be installed at the
back. The motor is simply clamped on the stern of the boat and works with any
2.Bow mount trolling motors.
These motors are mounted at the front of the boat,
and you must have adequate space before installation. You need a bracket or a
plate to mount the housing as well as a flat-bottomed platform from where to
fish. A bow mount motor provides for excellent maneuverability along with
better control allowing you to fish easily and efficiently. A bow mount motor
increases maneuverability by its pull action on the boat through the water as
opposed to the pushing action of the transom motor. If your boat is 14 feet
large or more, go for the bow-mount motor.
Advantages of foot-control
- Easy to operate
- Can be applied anywhere on the boat
Advantages of hand control
1.You have a real-time response
2. No clutter
Additional features on trolling Motors
1.On-site battery meter
Some trolling motors are now being designed with battery gauges on the housing or on the head of the system. A battery gauge allows you to easily check the amount of charge remaining in the battery,making it a no brainer to determine when to charge the battery and estimate fishing time
This an interesting feature that allows for a total
foot and hand-free operation. The motor also follows shorelines and
predetermined depth contours on its own. The motor will as well steer in a
straight line in case the winds are howling.
Advanced trolling motors now come with digital
screens to display speed and depth. Although these models come at an extra
cost, but this technology will allow you to fish more.
Trolling motors take fishing to whole new level. They
perfect operation control and fishing in inaccessible
regions while maintaining a silent approach suitable for accessing more fish
for experiment. In addition, silent operation adds more enjoyment. Do your
homework well. Take each of these trolling models on a test while paying attention
to every detail. That way, you will be able to choose a model that fits you