Electric Motors: The advantage of stealth

Modern sport fishing boats often come complete with an integrated mount for an electric motor.

Modern sport fishing boats often come complete with an integrated mount for an electric motor.

Innovation has crept in to electric trolling motors, your options are now enormous. The best way to decide which to buy is to analyse how you intend to use it. Transom mount motors are the cheapest option, they can be put on and removed easily, which is ideal for small boats and kayaks that use electric power exclusively and for those that troll in stealth mode, however they generally don’t offer advanced features like autopilot or wireless control. Bow mount motors are a permanent fixture on a boat and a popular choice for those that like to cast at structure, they also introduce technology like GPS linking that allows you to hold position, follow tracks and go to waypoints.
Electric outboards play a pivotal role in bass fishing tournaments.

Electric outboards play a pivotal role in bass fishing tournaments.

Once you’ve decided on transom versus bow mount, your main decisions are shaft length, thrust power and brand. While shaft length is critical on a bow mount because the bow of the boat raises and lowers with wave height, is not as important on a transom mount motor.
Electrics are perfect for smaller set ups.

Electrics are perfect for smaller set ups.

As a general rule the centre of the prop should be at least 35cm underwater. What pound thrust you need is dependent on the weigh the motor is expected to push and the environment you’re fishing in – large lakes and estuaries will need more thrust than a quite backwater creek and small tinnies will need less power than a heavier fibreglass boat. Watersnake by Jarvis Walker offer value for money in their basic range. They also have wireless and foot control options and the recently released GPS enabled model with virtual anchor, go to and route tracking through a handheld remote control. Minn Kota offer integration with Humminbird products through the iPilot system which includes spot lock, track recording, advanced autopilot and the ability to store 2500 spots and automatically retrace your track. The Motorguide Xi5 can be integrated with your Lowrance systems which add the ability to control your motor from your GPS offering electronic anchoring, cruise control, heading lock and record / playback route.
Dave

About Dave "Nugget" Downie

Dave ‘Nugget’ Downie was raised in the Snowy Mountains in southern New South Wales and grew up fishing for everything from local trout on fly in the Snowy lakes through to land based game on the south coast.

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