Electric trolling motor props typically come in either 2, 3 or 4 blade versions. A 2 blade electric trolling motor prop is made for speed and power. This would be the prop of choice when fishing open water, deep water, and/or big water.
However, a 2 bladed prop does not fare well in the weeds. The weeds will simply get wrapped around your 2 bladed prop, and will eventually prevent it from spinning. This means you will need to constantly stop fishing, take your electric trolling motor out of the water, clean the weeds off your prop, and then get back to fishing.
Not much fun and definitely not how you want to spend your time especially if you’re in a tournament! Besides taking up your valuable fishing time, your electric motor will also be working much harder, trying to turn your prop which is choked by weeds. This will end up using double the amount of battery power, meaning you will run out of power sooner.
A 3 or 4 blade prop will actually eat through weeds, chewing them up along the way. This will allow you to fish the weeds very effectively. Your boat will go where you want it to go, and the prop will remain generally free of weeds allowing you more time to fish.
So although a 3 or 4 blade prop does not have the same power as a 2 blade prop, it gets the nod for fishing weedy areas and typically shallow water lakes or bays.
Bow Mount or Transom Mount
Whatever your preference, bow mount or transom mount, be sure to have a fish finder in close view. It is essential to be able to see the structure you are fishing, as you are moving along with your electric motor… it’s actually a must!
Personally, I prefer a bow mounted electric trolling motors as I like to fish form the front of the boat & I find that the boat is easier to control from this position. A bow mounted electric trolling motor also gets the nod if your main use for your electric motor is working structure.
If you are actually using your electric trolling motor to slowly & quietly troll along, then a transom mounted electric trolling motor is ideal for this situation.
Brands and a Key Tip to Consider
I personally use a Motor Guide, but Min Kota also makes a good electric trolling motor. These 2 brands seem to be the top 2 on the market. I would suggest that if you are comparing the 2 brands, pay close attention to the foot pedal.
The foot pedal is the key part of the operation and you will be spending most of your time using the foot pedal. So you will want to look at both models & ask if you can “test drive” them. Select the one you are most comfortable using.
Foot pedal comfort and ease of operation are important factors to consider when choosing an electric trolling motor.
As we say at Thundermist Lure Company… fish the good life!
Ivo Coia http://www.thundermistfishingtips.com/about-ivo/