A trolling motor is a self-contained unit which includes an electric=motor, propeller, and controls, it is affixed to an anglers’ boat, be it at the bow or stern. Most trolling motors are electrically powered, ensuring that noise levels (and running costs) are kept to a minimum.
THEY CAN BE USED AS:
- The primary motor in moving your boat
- A backup motor in case of a failure of your gas motor
- Used for trolling where legal
- Moving your boat a short distance to fish a new spot
- Moving slowly along a piece of fishing structure while you fish or
- Holding your boat’s position on top of a piece of structure
PROBLEMS FOUND WITH TROLLING MOTORS
Sometimes, even with the right battery and ample capacity, your trolling motor can’t supply enough power. This can create a huge problem, as the trolling motor won’t be able to apply the required thrust.
EXCESSIVE VIBRATIONS AND NOISE
While using a trolling motor, the motor might suddenly make excessive vibrations and noise. This can be harmful to the onboard batteries, and it can also be irritating. One should check and find the exact cause and apply the appropriate solution.
MOTOR FAILS TO RUN
In some cases, the trolling motor fails to run at all. This is sure to put a damper on your fishing trip.
MOTOR FAILS TO RUN AT CERTAIN SPEEDS
Some trolling motors fail to run when set at a specific speed. With this problem, you won’t be able to set the trolling motor at the required speed. This can cause either a minor inconvenience or a bigger problem.
DIFFICULTY TURNING FOOT PEDAL
In some trolling motors, such as mechanical steer models, the motor is designed with foot pedals to control the motors. Many users may face problems turning the foot pedal and controlling the motor.
EXCEEDING CURRENT LIMIT IN ELECTRIC TROLLING MOTOR
Sometimes in electric trolling motors, excessive current is produced. This can cause the rotor coil to be damaged permanently.
GOOD TROLLING MOTOR BATTERY
-A reliable trolling motor battery will help you get the most from your boat every time you go out fishing. Just like most electric motors and devices, trolling motors require specific batteries that can gradually discharge electricity over a long period.
DUAL PURPOSE BATTERIES VS. DEEP CYCLE BATTERIES
Dual purpose batteries are designed to both crank engines and provide a consistent source of electrical power for trolling motors and other 12v electrical devices.Deep cycle batteries, on the other hand, are designed specifically to discharge a large amount of their capacity over a long, gradual period.
Because of this, deep cycle batteries typically last far longer than dual-purpose batteries when used with a trolling motor.In short, if you want a do-it-all battery that you can use to start your inboard or outboard motor and power your trolling motor, you’ll get the best results from a dual purpose battery. If you’re looking for a battery specifically for your trolling motor, a deep cycle battery is a better choice.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A TROLLING MOTOR BATTERY:
- AMP HOURS (AH)
- POWER SYSTEM
- DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, AND MAINTENANCE BATTERY TIPS
- Do not mix battery types, nor longstanding batteries with new batteries.
- Charge batteries as early as you can after each use –batteries when left in a discharged condition will decrease their durability and performance.
- Occasionally check wet-cell battery-fluid levels as well as top-off as needed
- Check terminal-periodically for any signs of corrosion – clean it with a paste of baking soda together with water.
- Store batteries in a cool, dry place in the off-season and maintain a trickle charge.