Your Trolling Motor Is Spooking Fish. Here’s Why…
Are you aware that it’s possible your trolling motor is spooking fish?
This topic is not broken down a whole lot but it can mean the difference between a skunked day or fish in the boat.
If you find schools of fish or you are approaching a new area, it is critical that you take every step carefully so you can be more successful.
Take a look below!!
Your Trolling Motor Is Spooking Fish [VIDEO]
Setup Used In This Video:
- Fitzgerald Aqua Dream Series 7’6 Medium
- TFO Professional 7’6 Medium
- Slam Shady 2.0 Paddletail
- Gold Digger Paddletail
- Hoss Helix Hooks
Especially right now while its hot out, it is super important to avoid spooking fish.
In the fall and wintertime, fish tend to be a bit more hunkered down to the area they are holding in.
But in the summer, they will not stick around and more often than not they’ll go find somewhere else to feed.
Approaching A Spot
Anytime you are moving into a new area to fish, you want to do everything you can to be on the down current side.
There is two reasons for this.
The first is you are more stealthy because the vibrations your vessel gives off move with the current.
Most of the noise and vibration is carried away with the current.
And the second reason is you have more control over your vessel, especially if you are using a trolling motor.
You actually have more maneuverability left or right going against the current.
If you approach a spot with the current, the current will want to push you and your boat right into the fish.
Spotlock VS. Heading Lock Settings
Spotlock is a super useful feature to have but, in an inshore fishing setting, you do not want to use spotlock unless you absolutely have to.
This feature keeps you pinned on that GPS location.
If there is a wind change or the current switches direction, your trolling motor will automatically try to correct your vessel’s position.
You have no control at this point of the speed and sound the motor will give off.
That vibration and thrust does more than enough to completely spook out fish from an area.
On most trolling motor remotes, there is a little button with “N” for North with an arrow facing up.
This is the heading feature on trolling motors.
All you have to do is point the remote in the direction you want your motor to go and click.
This simply keeps you pointing towards a single direction.
But you can adjust your speed to stay in the position needed to almost “anchor” yourself to a spot.
Through this process, you are making micro-adjustments rather than having the motor drastically change direction and scare fish.
If you need to get closer to the fish, bump up the speed.
If you need to back off a little bit, slow down.
You will make a lot less noise and also maintain a constant position.
The Heading Lock feature is much more efficient than Spotlock and is easier to make adjustments with.
The last thing you want to do is get all the way to the perfect spot you found and its filled with fish only for your trolling motor to make noise and spook them out.
Using the methods discussed above will help you make smaller adjustments rather than those major adjustments that cause vibrations and noise that scare fish.
Do you have any additional questions about trolling motors in general?
Let me know if you use the Heading Lock feature and if you find it to be better than Spotlock!!
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