How To Catch Lots Of Fish (Without A Trolling Motor Or Power-Pole)


Even if your boat doesn’t have a trolling motor, you can still catch loads of fish.

Luke and I recently went out on one of the Tampa Bay Freedom Boat Club boats that has no trolling motor (or Power-Pole) and set out to get a ton of tight lines.

We were fishing in a new area during some of the toughest fish-catching conditions, but we still had a really fun day and caught lots of fish and several different species in this short 30-minute podcast.

First, we trolled around until we found a good spot, then we turned off the motor and started loading up on trout!

The best news is you can do it, too, and we’ll show you exactly how to in this video.

You’ll learn:

  • The best types of spots to get a ton of tight lines
  • Which lures to use that nearly every species can’t resist
  • What the worst conditions are if you want to catch fish (this might surprise you!)
  • Which is more helpful for catching fish—a trolling motor or a Power-Pole
  • And much more!

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Even though we didn’t have a trolling motor or Power-Pole, we still caught a lot of fish and had a ton of fun.

If you don’t have a trolling motor to cruise dock lines and mangroves, you can always troll the edges of channels and flats for trout, ladyfish, jacks, bluefish, and mackerel.

And once you find a spot with a lot of fish, you can anchor up or drift.

This type of fishing is a great way to get a lot of action for kids or other people who haven’t fished much, while you’re waiting for the tide to turn, or even if you just want to get a lot of tight lines.

Have any questions about this style of fishing?

Let us know in the comments below.

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John Dooley
6 months ago

This Saturday September 3rd tide was going out of Tampa Bay in a hurry. I just drifted along and caught several Spanish mackerel. Sometimes the drifting pays off.

Jason Schmidt
9 months ago

Something that I feel is always left out. How fast are you trolling?

Jason Schmidt
8 months ago
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Thomas Herzog
2 years ago

I belong to FBC also. Hate that they don’t have trolling motors. One of the few downsides of the club that I can think of.
I use a KVD adjustable push pole/anchor stick. Goes from about 6′ and extends out to 12′. Can easily put it in my car, bring it to the docks. I pole myself around the shallows and then use it as stick anchor when I find a good spot. Can be a bit of a workout pushing those 21′ bay boats around but really easy on the 17′ skiffs they have.

I also frequently anchor the boat and then hop out and wade into areas. Especially in the spring, summer and fall, when many fish are cruising right up against the beaches. I pull up to the islands down here in the Goodland /10K island area and fish right off the beach. Those have always been my most productive days anyway.

Luke, you need to put Joe to work and have him push pole you around the flats so you can catch more fish with those Slam Shadys.

Stan Mitchell
2 years ago

Great video guys! I want to know where can we buy the different colored shirts like Joe & Tony wears ?
I found the white and light blue but I would like to have more colors. As always thanks for all the great info stay safe my friends.

2 years ago
Reply to  Joseph Simonds

Thanks Joe.

Joe Sheaffer
2 years ago

Great info

Bob Hunt
2 years ago

I need some help in learning how to fish the Crystal river area, do You have any suggections???

Bob Hunt
2 years ago

You are really up on Braided line. I struggle with it, seems to always get tangled on something. A popin cork , treble ,etc. What am I doing wrong. I just changed back to mono on everything, but your comments on extra casting distance is something I had not could be expensive to change back. What to do???

Bob Hunt
2 years ago
Reply to  Joseph Simonds

Great Tip on half reel mono and half braid. I will do that. Need to study the uni.. Thanks, Bob

Jonathan Cox
2 years ago

Great video! As an FBC member I’ll definitely follow this advice. Couple of quick questions: 1. Could you post a link to that Stick Pin you use? 2. What jigheads/hooks are you using for trolling the swimbaits?

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Jonathan Cox

Thanks Jonathan! Here are the answers to your questions:

1) We were using an 8′ stick anchor from a company called Wang Anchor in this video ( I also have 1 from Stickit Pins as well as YakGear (they all work well).

2. My favorite jigs heads for trolling with the slam shady paddletails are the 1/4th oz Trout Eyez jig heads… here are the exact ones we were using:


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