We’ve posted a few pieces here on the bass Fishing Archives related to trolling motors and I suspect we’ll continue to do so until we run out of material on the silent hero of bass fishing. Reason being? Well, all told no one worth his weight in Jelly Worms would dare fish without one these days and it’s nice to look back on where we’ve come from.
Enclosed in this latest edition, the trolling motors of 1973, are by no means all of the trolling motors of that year. We’re missing about 5 more companies. But the six represented are good enough to give you an idea of the technology back in the day.
For example, look at the thrust offerings for each motor. What? You can’t find thrust ratings? Yeah, that’s right. No one was listing how much their motors were rated for thrust wise back then except Silvertrol. At least not in this string of ads.
You’ll also notice that most of the motors are rated for 6V and 12V use. Again Silvertrol is the only company listed here that offered a 24V motor – and of course they probably had the highest thrust rating – hence being the only company to advertise that.
Yes the boats of the day were a heck of a lot lighter than even the smallest glass boats of today. Still if you intended to fish all day and there was any wind, you better bring an extra battery.
I really like reminiscing about the old days and there are some things I really wish we could go back to but trolling motors is and will never be one of those. In fact, until the make a 1000-ound thrust troller, I don’t think I’ll be happy.