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What are your thoughts on this? Let’s say for bonefish, reds, permit and tarpon. Comparing to a push pole.
Never thought I'd see the day you had a trolling motor on your Maverick! What's next--twin PowerPoles?So much depends on that old marine's standard answer about what to do when things get ugly... "Sir, it depends on the situation, the weather, and the terrain..." I wasn't a marine (I was Army - all those years ago...) but the answer says it all...
In clear waters where five feet is deep water - or in areas where fish are very heavily pressured - even turning on a troller near fish might not be such a good idea... unless you're in deeper waters. Even then you're well advised not to do any stopping and starting - just keep your troller to a slow steady pace - then shut down 200 feet away from fish or so and pole in... As you get into depths where poling isn't practical -or conditions like wind and distance make it really difficult to get onto fish - that's when a troller comes into its own -even in clear water - but all you're doing then is trying to get well ahead of moving fish - then shutting down and waiting for them to come to you... Nothing I've just said applies to bones or permit - unless they're in deeper waters and you can actually see them well in advance (not likely, but occasionally possible....).
Now let's take that troller into the areas I fish - the interior and coastal areas of the 'glades where the waters are dark - and many days you might not see another boat all day long... Much different situation since a trolling motor that allows you to glide along a jungle shoreline just close enough to toss lures or flies at structure... can put you on fish all day long as long as you're in around four feet of water or more.... Add to that the current state of trollers - that spot lock feature is invaluable for fishing up inside rivers or at the mouth of creeks - or just within casting distance of a shallow wreck or an inshore marker of some kind... Another great use for a troller is to get you out into big open bays where you can see big tarpon that you'd have to pole for thirty minutes to reach - without that troller... The troller is then used to get within 200 or 300 feet of the fish, shut down -then you pole into casting position...
All of the above might be why we just installed my first troller in 20 years onto my old Maverick skiff (had one years ago - but it was more trouble than it was worth...).
It's a remote controlled Minn Kota Terrova, 54" , 24 volt model with an onboard PowerMania 20 amp dual bank charger and a 60 amp breaker.... Done without a troller for many years - but I'm getting older now (over 70) and these new motors are pretty darned impressive...