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I was reading the post about running (man that was great back in the day) and the small lakes the club fishes. I think that allowing trolling motors could help in a few ways. It would spread would guys out and probably leave water close to the launch and between obvious spots a little less molested for the guys who don't use them. People would probably bounce back and forth between spots helping to eliminate the merry go round effect on the smaller waters. Anyway, to me it seems like the next step. Just thought I would check in to see if you guys have been talking about this at all.

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Seems like a good idea, I've even looked into getting a trolling motor..they're fair priced at Costco, but....

1. what about the round-tubers and u-tubers...they cant fit a motor on their tubes.

I dont know, its my 2 cents worth....
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Yea baby, Im down with that dude. I have 42 pounds of thrust just waiting for the day. Yahoooooooo

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As a few of you know I use a trolling motor when out fun fishing. I LOVE IT!!!! I can cover alot of water. I can help my friends cover water. I see a spot I want to go to windy or not I can get there quick. I use he same motor that I won in the raffle last yr. Its a 50lb thrust and it really scoots me along nicely. Boy for those thinking bout adding them I for one highly reccomemnd it!!!!
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Check out these guys, all float tubers and most of them have motors.

http://www.angelfire.com/ok5/backwater/

I talked to one of their members no ones uses kickboats there.

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Maybe we should vote on it for next year...I learned how fast and easily you can get somewhere even in the wind with Deacon on clear lake....might be something to look into
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I'm not sure, but I heard once we put motors on, we need to register or boats? Anyone have any comments on this? Plus come on guys, you got guns, use em'.

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I think that we "technically" need to register but so far I havent been questioned during the 2 times I have chatted with DFG. The guys I have spoke with all think that a motor on our kinds of boats are really cool. Im really on the fence here with the motor thing. Yeah I think that they are great to use for fun fish but not sure bout tourney time. I think that with out them at tourny time it levels the playing field. It might be little hard to regulate something like a motor on a kick for a tourney. MAkeing more rules that probably dont need o be there to begin with. For example...Hypothetcally no kick boat can have a motor more than say 50lbs of thrust. Then the following yr it gets voted that no motor over 62. And so on and so on. Where does it end. It takes the human equasion out. Dont get me wrong I like cruising around all day and my arms not being as tired as they would if I rowed. I cast more I relax more. I dunno as I said Im on the fence on this one......
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I'm not sure we have to put restrictions on the motor as long as it is an electric (I mean we don't want our knees folding back). Thrust or 12 or 24 volt won't really matter, at some point the weight will make it undesirable. Why not let the experimenting begin and see what develops. As far as the round tubers they can't use oars either so they for them it will just get the faster people farther away from them and give them a bit more water to fish. To me the point is not to gain an advantage for anyone using a motor it is to spread people out and make more water available so we can use more strategy when fishing the tournaments. On small lakes we all just go around in circles covering just about every inch of the lake. With the ability to run around a bit faster I think it could leave some water in the in between spaces and simply give another dimension to the strategy. And as with my boat, it allows me to pack gear in different way when I don't have to worry about staying under the oar locks. And for my set-up I use the oar lock as my depth finder socket.
As far as the registration aspect, that could be a bit of a pain, but from what I understand we are already supposed to be registering the pontoons with oars. I say let them say something and then we worry about it. Besides how bad can the fees be on pontoon boat.
Another part of it is the ability to fish while covering water. In my pontoon I can dial it straight a head, keep it on constant on, and steer with my fins while casting down an edge. Just like in regular boat. Not having to stop fishing (or cast over your shoulder)while simply moving down the bank really helps keep the focus. I think it is worth giving some serious thought. Like I said in the beginning, it seems to me like the next logical step, just like the pontoon was the next step beyond the round tube. And on some level it will probably be the thing that keeps things interesting if we are all going to have to start fishing in the same areas because we can't run.
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I'm not sure we have to put restrictions on the motor as long as it is an electric (I mean we don't want our knees folding back). Thrust or 12 or 24 volt won't really matter, at some point the weight will make it undesirable. Why not let the experimenting begin and see what develops. As far as the round tubers they can't use oars either so they for them it will just get the faster people farther away from them and give them a bit more water to fish. To me the point is not to gain an advantage for anyone using a motor it is to spread people out and make more water available so we can use more strategy when fishing the tournaments. On small lakes we all just go around in circles covering just about every inch of the lake. With the ability to run around a bit faster I think it could leave some water in the in between spaces and simply give another dimension to the strategy. And as with my boat, it allows me to pack gear in different way when I don't have to worry about staying under the oar locks. And for my set-up I use the oar lock as my depth finder socket.
As far as the registration aspect, that could be a bit of a pain, but from what I understand we are already supposed to be registering the pontoons with oars. I say let them say something and then we worry about it. Besides how bad can the fees be on pontoon boat.
Another part of it is the ability to fish while covering water. In my pontoon I can dial it straight a head, keep it on constant on, and steer with my fins while casting down an edge. Just like in regular boat. Not having to stop fishing (or cast over your shoulder)while simply moving down the bank really helps keep the focus. I think it is worth giving some serious thought. Like I said in the beginning, it seems to me like the next logical step, just like the pontoon was the next step beyond the round tube. And on some level it will probably be the thing that keeps things interesting if we are all going to have to start fishing in the same areas because we can't run.


I`ve thought about this quite a bit since it was posted and I like the idea.Benno you bring up some valid points and I think it would be worthy of a vote for the 2008 season.

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I haven't fished many of these but this does sound like a good idea. The only con I can think of is it might eliminate the advantage (I guess) of those of you that get on the oars and are never seen again on the big lakes. I could see that it would leave a little more water on small lakes with motored boats probably skipping spot to spot and not casting at every twig/weed/dock/tire/etc in their way. To sum it up, I like the physical aspect of our boats and think it adds something to the events. But, if the boats are made to have motors........standing firmly atop the fence.
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I say we..........
will seriously take away from the purity of us being a man-powered kickboat/float tube club.
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I'm with terry! you guys are funny!
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How lazy are we getting now? Trolling motors. Geez
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no trolling motors keep it man powered thats what we are about!!
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