I've been running tiller-steer outboard motors since I learned how to run a boat and motor. But this year brings a historic change: I'm switching to a console boat.
I've been told there are advantages to running a boat with a steering wheel and windshield. What I'm most looking forward to is the windshield. Many times over the years I've gotten soaked while running from spot to spot with my tiller boat. I know a windshield isn't a canopy, but it certainly will help. Speed is another advantage. I can get to a spot and start fishing before the crowds show up.
Okay, those are the advantages. I know I'll miss my tiller boat, especially on those windy days when I could hang in there and backtroll with my big motor while everyone else had to leave for calmer water. But a lot of other tiller guys have made the switch, so I guess I'll figure it out. Maybe a big anchor will be the key?
I haven't seen my new boat yet, so I don't know exactly how everything (seating, electronics, etc.) is laid out. I was in Reed's talking with Lee about electronics and he suggested a Lowrance 110 might be a good sonar to use at the wheel. Once I find the spot I can move to the stern and, with an electric trolling motor, pretend I'm in a tiller boat. I'm not sure what type of electronics I'll have in back, but I'm leaning toward a Vexilar FL-18.
Lots to think about and not a lot of time to work with, so I better get off the keyboard and get on the horn. Who knows, maybe this old dog can learn a new trick and the change will be good? We'll see!
Have a nice week and if you hear some really different bird sounds this week it might be your neighbor practicing his yelps, putts, purrs, clucks and gobbles. Yes, it's almost turkey time!
Q: Walleyedan, do you have a preference in fishing rods?
A: Yes. I use St. Croix rods.
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