Do THIS With Your Motor While You’re Fishing


What should you do, if anything at all, to your motor while you’re fishing?

Do you need to have it in a specific position or location?

In this video, we detail two different situations you may find yourself in and what to do with your motor.

Learn more right here!!

Do THIS With Your Motor While Fishing [VIDEO]

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When fishing a flat or shoreline, you will most likely find yourself in either of these two scenarios.

The first is drift fishing without a trolling motor.

The second is using the trolling motor to move around a flat or shoreline.

This is often overlooked and something to always keep in mind when you are drifting or trolling out on the water.

If you are drifting, your motor is actually very important to control your drift and should be used to your full advantage.

It can even be used as a rudder.

What you want to do is angle your motor to a point where you get a nice drift.

You almost never want to angle the motor up and out of the water.

To make your motor a rudder, put it down further in the water and with a simple turn of the steering wheel, you are in control of your own drift.

You will be able to cover a lot more water with more efficiency.

On the other hand, when you are fishing using a trolling motor, you need to use your motor as a rudder but you have a couple of things to take into account.

If you are fishing up in the shallows, you need to make sure your motor is not hitting the bottom.

But, you also do not want your motor to be all the way up because then your boat is going to fishtail.

The ideal position of your motor in this situation is not totally down but slightly lower than the hull of your boat.

If you happen to get too shallow, the motor will stop you before the hull of the boat is on ground.


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Next time you are out on the water, keep these tips in mind to ensure you are taking the best possible steps to ensure a quality drift along a flat or around a point.

Motor placement while fishing is often overlooked so do not make the same mistakes!

If you have any suggestions or tips of your own you make use of when drifting, please let us know in the comments!!

Do you have any questions on why to do THIS with your motor while fishing?

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Craig Berns
1 year ago

Thanks Luke really helpful

Guy Mendoza
1 year ago

Amen to that Luke! Good knowledge! Thx Luke😀

Pat Ogletree
1 year ago

Great points Luke! That will save frustration for a lot of people!

Steven Free
1 year ago

Yes I have found in the past while fishing a flat if I trimmed my motor all the way out of the water it was alot harder to control the boat the boat would have a tendency to twist but when I tilted it so at least the prop and my hydro stabilizer was just submerged the boat tracked strait and was easier to control been doing this for years thanks for the tip and all you do😉👍

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Steven Free

Thanks for making time to post the nice comment Steven!

Steve MC
1 year ago

Been doing this as long as I can remember. Helps keep the lines straight out the sides or even out the stern!

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve MC

Thanks for posting the comment Steve!

Rob S
1 year ago

Solid tips Luke, and often overlooked. I use the one related to the TM but hadn’t thought about the one for drifting. Thanks!

OT: Do you turn off your electronics (chart plotter/fish finder) when fishing? I read one Insider saying it spooks fish but didn’t explain it. I’m assuming he’s referencing sound (sonar) from the transducer. I don’t think GPS on a chart plotter would have any adverse effect. There doesn’t seem to be much factually based info, and I’ve read a few conflicting opinions. I’ve tried both, and nothing conclusive jumps out. I do wonder if it might attract dolphin which indirectly spooks fish.

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Rob S

Thanks Rob. I typically leave my chart plotter/fish finder on when fishing. Like you, I’ve tried both ways and it doesn’t seem to make a noticeable difference so I just go with the easier route which is leaving it on.

I haven’t thought about the potential for attracting dolphin… will have to do some research on that.

1 year ago

Awesome tips! Also my friend and I learned to turn the motor all the way to one side while drifting to allow the boat to stay abeam while drifting. So while you would be facing downwind, the bow facing to your left…turn the motor all the way left and it will help maintain that during the drift. Repeat on opposite side if your facing downwind and bow is facing to the right…motor turned all the way to the right will help maintain the drift.

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Casey

Thanks for sharing the helpful tips Casey!

Neal Hagood
1 year ago

Thanks Luke, Great tips on the boat motor positioning!
I was a little visually distracted during the video! Those feeding birds behind you made me want to say “Look, Feeding Birds!” But, alas, you didn’t hear me – or see me pointing! 🙂

Luke Simonds
1 year ago
Reply to  Neal Hagood

Haha!!! Yes, those birds were having a feast out there that day.


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