Trolling For Salmon Without A Trolling Motor

For the past two days I have been salmon fishing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca searching for salmon. On Friday, while fishing The Winter Hole out of Port Angeles, I counted 20 boats trolling with their main 4-stroke outboard. Their little “kicker” motors sat on the transom, tilted up and very lonely. Later in the day, I did see three trollers using their trolling motors and each had old two-stroke engines.

Question: If you have a four stroke outboard as your main engine do you use it to troll with or your trolling motor?

I must confess, I have been using my 70 hp Yamaha to troll with because it is just so quiet, efficient and easy. Today, however, I ran a good distance searching for salmon and ran low on fuel. Had I not started with half a tank I’m sure I would have used my “big” motor to troll with. Instead, my little four stroke 8 hp Yamaha went into service. A new steering connector rod made it easy, but throttle control still had to be adjusted frequently, requiring me to go from the helm to the transom to make the adjustment.NewRodHolder

About John L. Beath

John Beath is a writer, photographer, videographer, blogger, tackle manufacturer & Captain at Whaler's Cove Lodge in Southeast Alaska. He is also owner of and host at Lets Talk Outdoors @
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