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Noticing the small details in Trolling Motor Use
by Greg Myers

How many times have you been fishing and got into a group of fish and you or your partner dropped a tackle box or moved and the seat squeaked and the fish quit biting? By going over your boat and eliminating these noise causing problems you will increase your chances of catching more fish.

Let's look at some of the ways our boats can cause noises:

  • Seats that squeak
  • Round objects like cans & flashlights that can roll around
  • Rod holders that make noise when you get a rod out
  • The flooring in some of our boats when we move
  • The livewell as it aerates the water
  • Transducer clicking when it is on

Now let's look at some of the things that we do that causes boat noise:

  • Dropping a tackle box
  • Hitting the side of the boat with the fishing rod
  • Dropping a beverage container
  • Opening or closing the glove box or compartment doors
  • Raising or lowering the big motor
  • Putting the trolling motor in or out of the water
  • Tripping over articles on the deck, like rods or the net

Remember, we want to be as quiet as possible because water transmits sound better then air does and Trophy Size Bass will hear the noise and realize it isn't natural and possibly shut down for a period of time.

When dealing with Trophy sized bass, you have to
pay extreme attention to the smallest detail and
do everything with as much stealth as possible,
just to be successful some of the time.