MOBILITY WITH ADDED STEALTH
QI AM interested in buying an electric motor for next season. Do they make enough difference to justify the cost? DAVEY GREEN via e-mail
ATHE SIMPLE answer is, “Yes”. On smaller waters, where boats do not have outboard engines, an electric motor allows you to move quickly and silently around the lake. Even on larger waters, where boats tend to have outboards, they are great for adjusting an awkwardly drifting boat, pulling away from shallow water without disturbing the fish too much, or steering around an obstacle such as a weedbed. The best advantage is on days when you are fishing alone and trout are rising in calm water. You can glide on to these cruising fish and with an accurate first cast, catch trout that you would not have got close to on the oars. I have had many memorable days when I have caught lots of trout but would have struggled without the electric motor.
Electric motors give precise control over drifts.