Slow down, you move too fast. Haven’t you heard? Speed kills, baby, speed kills.
Especially when you’re out on the water trolling for fish. Too much mph and your chances of attracting and landing that prize salmon, trout or walleye are well, sunk.
When trolling, bait or lures are drawn through the water behind a moving boat. But that boat needs to be moving pretty slooowww. Engines larger than 30hp can’t slow down enough to troll baits at much less than two miles per hour. Depending on what you’re fishing for, and at what depth, productive fish-catching often requires trolling speeds below that (sometimes as low as .8 mph!).
So, what are your options for maintaining an optimal trolling speed? Well, you could pony up for an expensive trolling motor, or you could opt for a trolling plate, like the EasyTroller from Savvyboater.com. Trolling plates work by diverting some of the propeller’s thrust when lowered, allowing anglers to reach reduced speeds of one mile an hour or less, while maintaining steering control.
Easily mounted to your motors anti-cavitation plate (hardware included), the EasyTroller’s spring loaded design allows you to raise and lower the plate with a handy drawstring. Springs drop the plate to the down position and lock it into place, allowing you to slow your boat to under one mile an hour! When it’s time to head back in, simply pull the drawstring to unlock the plate and throttle up. The prop thrust pushes the plate back into the up position, where it locks. How easy is that! And with it’s split in the middle design, should you forget to pull the plate up when you throttle, the springs will pop before the plate is bent.
Manufactured in the U.S.A., the EasyTroller is constructed out of marine grade anodized aluminum and stainless steel and comes with a one year manufacturer’s warranty. It’s offered in two sizes, short, for 30hp-45hp motors and standard, for50hp-300hp motors. Plus, it’s available with optional hydrofoil fins for improved performance and fuel efficiency.
So slow down. Take it easy and relax. Let those big ones catch up to you. If you’re looking for an affordable, convenient and efficient way to troll, check out the EasyTroller trolling plate.