Last winter, I upgraded my boat and all of the electronics and equipment I use for sea and sporadic ocean fishing. Since my ancient ship had been around for a while, there have been many changes to the way I fish. It has been a huge step to upgrade to the most recent and effective side-scanner system ( a Humminbird Apex 16 ). Another biggie is having a pair of 35 gallon included livewells. But which one is the largest of them all? There is no doubt that it has a bow-mounted trolling motors with Spot- Lock.
I used to hate framing, but it’s now just button-press-simple. Even though I knew we were n’t exactly on target once I was anchored, I might have put off pulling up to rearrange. However, then it’s easy to move in any way by pressing the button. Additionally, I may have chosen to fall more than anchor, which would have led to frequent reef snags and/or the need to repeatedly resume the engine and take up for another drift. Oh, and occasionally, when the boat did n’t drift exactly as expected and missed the mark, the incorrect guess about the wind or current would result in even more lost fishing time. I can now maneuver the ship painstakingly from end to end while parking it over a building.
Although Minn Kota’s method is called Spot- Lock, all modern trolling vehicles with GPS capabilities have a similar feature and perform well. Joystick and dynamic positioning systems are common on outboards, and they can accomplish similar tasks. But, some of these ( though not all ) can be a little annoying, particularly in windy conditions, as the engines frequently shift into and out of products. Remember that” clunk” is metal-on-metal, and when you’re close to the bass, it can cause vibrations that frighten them.
What about cables for poles? These also perform admirably, but they are constrained by detail. Use them to stake out in the shallows, but do n’t anticipate that they will be able to effectively anchor over a reef or wreck in more than 20 feet of water.
What’s the final word? There is just no competition among all technological advancements between a ship built in the 1990s and one built last year, and between an electrical system that is ten years old and one made in 2022: online anchoring with an electric trolling motor is the top upgrade when it comes to catching the most fish.