How about a little normalcy. I’ve been fishing Whiskey Town Lake and getting into good numbers of Kokanee all month. April looks good and better days are ahead for sure. Come on out and get away for a day. It’s worth it. Check out my latest fishing report here Whiskey Town Lake fishing reports
Boat configuration: how to set your boat up for success.
In this world of asking questions online we forget that most of the people who respond have the same or possibly less experience than you. Online answers are all too often created to apease search results that in turn support advertising. Hardly viable.
In this blog post I provide an understanding of what is needed to configure your boat for success! I’m talking about success on the lake fishing for Kokanee, Trout and even Bass.
Trolling is an art. An art of efficiency. Your boat is your tool and platform for all things from “fishing work space” to leisurely comfort. Too many boats I see in my travels are too complex and difficult to move around in. I think people get excited and imagine how they want their boat set up. But, they also lack time on the water leading to experience manifesting in refined boat and fishing systems.
Let’s start with power and motor configuration. Your main motor is simply for transportation. All though when trolling off shore in heavy currents and high winds this maybe your only option to maintain proper trolling speed and direction. This is were an auto pilot on your main motor is a great tool but not necessary especially if your main stay of fishing is on the lake.
Most of you reading this blog post will be lake trolling and will heavily rely on your kicker motor. I strongly believe Yamaha makes the best kicker In the world but this is really up to you. You need to be able to maintain trolling speeds from 1.2 – 3.0 without stalling or engine failure. An auto pilot for your kicker or a remote control steering system is a wonderful tool when winds are high and the fish are on the bite. Add to that heavy boat traffic and you will be thankful you spent the money! Trolling is about time spent with your lines in the water. All the components we are discussing in this blog post are designed to do exactly that, “keep your gear in the water”.
You may find that your kicker motor, at times, will not be enough to keep your course in heavy wind. You may think to yourself “Well I don’t need to fish heavy wind”. Let’s just replace that reasoning with “I don’t really want to catch fish”.
I wait for that wind to start blowing so 90% of boats are clear of my tack so I can really start putting fish in my box! So what’s the answer to trolling in high wind? A bow mount electrical tolling system. I prefer Minn Kota Ulterra. Now the fun really begins! With a bow mount trolling motor you can now lock you kicker motor in one position and one speed using your electric motor to do all of your steering! Pulling your boat from the bow in a head wind is far more effective while using your rear kicker motor to hold your speed will save your battery for all day use.
To take the bow mount trolling motor system further, I add a Lee Lock steering fin to my electric motor. A Lee Lock steering fin allows me to turn my boat with out engaging the prop, thus saving my batteries for days! It’s important you add a large capacity charger to your system so you can recharge your batteries over night and be ready for action the very next day.
Next, let’s talk a little about downriggers. I use six “Scotty 1116B’s”. B stands for braid. If you’re running a black box, which runs electric current down your line, you will want to stick with the classic cable. I run Scotty 1116B’s so because they offer way more freedom and flexibility when it comes to on-the-fly repair. Fewer problems with Scotty 1116B’s. Whether you use Scotty or any other brand, what really matters is practice and experience. Because efficiency is everything. If your not comfortable with 2 downriggers, you won’t be with 4. Fish what you can handle. Avoiding tangles and time out of the water is most important. I see people waisting their day fixing problems while they should be fishing “all the time”. That is one main thing that separates a great fishermen from your average Joe. Placement of your downriggers is important. You need to be able to walk past your downrigger as you move about the boat. I often notice people reaching out past the back of their boat. This makes it very hard to operate the boat safely and it’s dangerous to you and passengers. Make sure to install retrievers this is a cheap way to really help your day.
I hope these tricks will help you along your journey remember stay efficient to stay effective and don’t fish more rods than you can handle. Don’t be afraid to hire a guide for a day and ask for help! See you guys on the water!