Before you head out on your next fishing trip, it's best to understand a few things about your trolling motor. There are several things you should know about this motor if you want to catch more fish and keep it working smoothly. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Make sure the Parts are Lubed and Greased
Your trolling motor needs to be lubed and greased according to the specifications from the manufacturer. This helps to prevent wear and will ensure the motor last longer.
Choose the Right Trolling Motor for the Job
Whether you’re fishing in fresh or salt water, you want the right motor for the job. A trolling motor for fresh water isn't the same as one for saltwater, even though it will still do the job. Salt rusts metal, so the motors made for saltwater have to be made differently. When you get a trolling motor for your boat, make sure you choose the right one for the type of fishing you plan to do.
You may want to consider a GPS controlled trolling motor. This type of trolling motor allows you to set it and forget it as you fish and the motor does the job. It may also be referred to as a trolling motor with autopilot.
Know if it's Foot or Hand Operated
There are two different types of trolling motors: foot and hand operated. It's important to know the difference as a foot operated trolling motor will need to be lifted and cleaned if caught in the weeds. A hand operated motor can be reversed and often will release the weeds without the need to lift and clean.
Avoid Using Excessive Power in Shallow Water
You don't need to use excessive power when fishing in shallower waters. If your trolling motor has variable speeds, you can set it for a lower speed during a shallower fishing experience.
Choose the Right Accessories
The accessories you choose will make a difference, as well. For example, if you have a high thrust motor, you want a breakaway mount. A spring-loaded mount may fail when there is enough force, while a breakaway mount will keep you out of the repair shop.
Props are also important and can help to ensure you can use the motor properly. You should have at least three different props for each day of fishing. Having a spare is great if the original breaks, but you never know when two may break in the same trip.
Keep the Unit Clean
If you want to get the most out of your trolling motor, keeping it clean is the best way to go. You may run into weeds or grime and it may build up on the motor. Using a little water and soap will go a long way when it comes to keeping it clean. You can also apply a coating of silicon spray to the shaft to ensure it stays clean.
Always Inspect Before Usage
You always want to inspect the props and the entire trolling motor before you use it. This should be done at least on a bi-weekly basis, but it's good to look for cracks, bends, and other damage regularly. The last thing you want is to get out on the water only to find out your trolling motor has an issue you could have fixed before heading out.
These are just a few of the many tips for trolling motors. Make sure you have a good understanding of how yours works and how it should be properly used before heading out on the water for your next fishing trip!