Re: When did trolling motors

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Posted by 91tiger on June 09, 2017 at 11:46:16:

In Reply to: Re: When did trolling motors posted by Dawg on June 09, 2017 at 08:08:26:

Dad and I started chasing sripers out of a bass boat in 1981. Very very few people had heard of using herring at that point. All we had was a flasher at that point, no paper graph yet. We would ride around Murray till we saw a blip on the depthfinder and hope it was stripers. We would drop shiners down and drift with little bumps of the trolling motor or throw out a marker bouy and try to stay around it. Trolling motors were 12 volt then and didn't have much power. Once herring came along we moved to a big cabin boat since we had to stay out all night to catch the herring. We did a lot of anchoring and down lining or cut bait fishing with that boat. Two 28 pound anchors and 300 feet of line on each end will work you to death. We did put a trolling motor on the stern but that was a complete pain. They finally came out with trolling motors with long enough shafts for the cabin boat but the foot control was a true cable steer with a 20 foot cable that would jump off the little pulleys every other trip. Don at Porttronics got a lot of business from us. It is amazing how far trolling motors have come when you compare the Ultera with auto stow and deploy and an incredible anchor function to what we had then. With the modern depthfinders and trolling motors it would be sick the fish you could catch if the lake had the numbers of fish they did in the early 80's. We didn't have as many stripers in Hartwell and Clarks Hill back then but the truck loads of 7 to 10 pound hybrids is what I really miss. Man those things can pull.

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