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Electric Trolling Motors and Big Trophy Fish

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When stalking big trophy sized fish in a lake or pond it’s important to be quiet. Even though paddling or rowing a small canoe or boat is probably the quietest way to “hunt” for your prize fish it may not always be practical. For example you may want to use a larger more comfortable boat that allows more fishing buddies. In my opinion the proper use of a high-quality electric trolling motor can maximize your chances to lure and land that big beautiful trophy fish that you can proudly mount on your wall.

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In a previous article I mentioned how important is to be quiet when stalking large trophy sized fish. You might think it’s strange that I used the word “stalking” to describe what is normally referred to as fishing. When targeting big fish of any species, it’s important to recognize that those fish are indeed intelligent. Most people think of fish as being stupid. That may be the case for small young fish. But even those fish are born with instincts for survival. They will be spooked by loud noises and sudden movements.

Big trophy fish, on the other hand, have survived so long because they’ve learned how to survive. In a heavily fished lake or pond, it’s quite likely that the big trophy sized fish have heard many boat motors, seen numerous lures, and heard fishermen talking loudly and banging the sides of their boat. Some of these fish may have been hooked and managed to escape. They have also seen their companions hooked and brought aboard a boat to never return. It’s not uncommon for fishermen to be reeling in a hooked fish and see another fish, or its mate, follow the hooked fish all the way to the boat. The large experienced fish, I am convinced, learned by these experiences. They associate the sights and sounds of fishermen, their boats, motors and equipment with danger.

I will even go so far as to say that I believe fish can hear and recognize the sound of electric trolling motors. It’s commonly known that humans, when compared to animals, have a very restricted range of audible sounds. A good example is a dog whistle. The human can’t even hear a dog whistle but every dog in the neighborhood hears it clearly. The point I am trying to make is that it’s important to purchase a high quality electric trolling motor that is precision machined to produce minimum noise.

I know of a fisherman in Vermont who works at a local bait store. During the summer he fishes early in the morning for trout and nearly always catches some big beautiful fish. He told me that he uses a small rowboat with no motor whatsoever. He puts out a live shiner on a small hook with no other terminal tackle such as a split shot or swivel. Then he rows slowly and quietly, making sure that the oar locks have been properly greased so they don’t squeak. While I myself would consider using a small trolling motor he swears that his catch is much smaller when he uses a motor of any sort.

That being said, the next best thing is an electric trolling motor. If you purchase a quality named-brand motor you will have the best success with catching big fish and avoiding problems, like noise and break-downs, which happen with the cheap motors. I suggest using the motor to position your boat in a desirable spot and then shut it down and either still-fish or drift with live bait or lures. I have also had good success slowly trolling with a live shiner at least 80-100 feet back from the boat. It is advisable to use an additional stinger hook, one that slightly trials the bait, in the case of a “short strike”. Be sure to troll slowly enough to allow the bait to swim naturally. Lures that I like for trout include the Phoebe and Thomas Buoyant.

In conclusion I would like to recommend a brand of trolling motor that I have used for years. Minn Kota, in my estimation, makes the most reliable and quiet trolling motors that you can find. If you happen to be in the market for an electric trolling motor take a look at Minn Kota first. I think that you will be glad that you chose superior quality over a less expensive and most likely noisier model. Now go out and catch yourself some big trophy fish. But don’t forget to be quiet… it may make the difference between catching tiny fish and large trophy fish that you can be proud of.

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