Trolling Motors For Boats
It happens to be a fact that the sport most people participate in, is fishing. The reason for this could simply be a desire to go somewhere, far away from cities with the associated pollution, squalor, high rise buildings, fast pace and high population. In other words, the peace and quiet that can be found along the banks of a quiet river in the outdoors.
Fishing has long been an activity in which man has taken part. This would be because he needed to find food and fish is a top quality source of food. Whether man was aware of the high nutritional value of fish in those days seems not to be a point of discussion. Records show, though, that one of the earliest methods of using a hook was a piece of wood sharpened at both ends and tied to a line. This caught in the mouth of the fish in a way similar to the hook and line one encounters now.
It also leaves one wondering about fish themselves. They could not have paid a lot of attention to what they were eating, as bait on this type of hook would very quickly fall off.
It was a needle-maker, a Mr. Kirby who lived in the seventeenth century who thought up the shape of the hook which we still see being used today. He and his fellow needle makers lived above shops near Old London Bridge. The connection with fish hooks and the Thames makes it reasonable to assume that he and his friends regularly frequented a favorite fishing spot on the Thames near them. Did they discuss ways to improve the mechanism by which fish are caught? Undoubtedly.
Their catch could have been salmon, bream, dace, gudgeon, flounder, sea trout and barbel; the latter would have been very at home in the pollution which plagued the Thames, even in those days.
It is during the last 150 years that advances have been made in fishing tackle and in the industries which have grown up in that connection with it.
Before trolling motors were built, trolling involved the use of live bait or lures that were drawn through the water behind a gently rowed boat, the oars quietly stroking the water. Trolling is commonly done on large inland bodies of water and for big-game ocean fishing in the great outdoors.
However, today a reference to a trolling motor for boats means a quiet, controllable, slow-speed motor which is attached to the bow of the boat with a shaft reaching down into the water and a propeller at the end of it. (People resport attaching them to the sides of their small boats too).
They are either hand operated or foot operated from within the boat and in recent years have had sonar equipment added to them. The aim is to, as quietly and stealthily as possible get to where the fish are – the same aim as all fisherman have had throughout the centuries. The trolling motor on the boat does greatly assist one in getting to where the fish are.
Trolling motors are powered by marine batteries of either 12v, 24v or 36v. Choosing which motor you buy depends on how fast you need the boat to go. The length of the shaft also varies as it depends on the depth of the water to be fished and what your fishing preferences are. For instance, if you were a keen tournament participant, you would probably be looking at one of the more powerful trolling motors.
Some propellers have weed wedges to avoid the motor becoming entangled in weeds. Invariably the trolling motor is lifted out of the water when idle or when the main motor is in use.
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