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Yep!
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another thing to think about.on board live wells, big batterys for trolling motors,and trolling motor, id have to go on a diet (LOL)just to keep my boat afloat.!!!!
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Yeah you would! LOL

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No time like the present Matt...You said it I didnt
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i guess i set myself up for that
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I think the spirit of the club or sport is a very important consideration (maybe the most important). However the reason why people fish from a tube is different for everyone. I think the debate is worth having. As to the lazy aspect. I'm not sure anyone really does this prove how tough they are or hard they can work in a day on the water. I am curious if Terry uses oars since they are easier than just fins. I'm not trying to start a fight. I just think that when it comes to these tournaments, now that we are getting the turn outs we are getting and cannot run, it seriously hampers the strategy involved if we are simply following each other around all day or hammering every fish in the area. It makes it much less about how to find fish and much more about technical aspects like casting and technique with baits (and I hate to say it luck). To me the fun part about bass fishing is being able to locate them and figure out what mood they are in and then find a way to make them commit to a bait. Part of the reason I haven't fished more with the club is that I really don't think it's a lot of fun to try and race people short distance for the few good spots in an area and then have to hunker down and hope to get lucky later in the day. Maybe I'm looking at it wrong. For me personally the thing about a tube that makes it so fun to fish from is not that I am powering it but that when I settle down to fish I get a different perspective about the area and automatically work it differently. I also tend to be much more thorough when I'm in an area. I know it sounds like I'm starting to make an argument for not using motors, but it gets tough to fish correctly when (as someone put it) every weed, tule, and grain of sand gets a bait thrown to it. There is no doubt that our presence (with 20 or more of us in an area) has an effect on the fish and the way they behave. Heavy pressure is not my favorite factor to make a strategy for. All I know is that when I use my pontoon now with my motor I enjoy the fishing a lot more, and really start to get that old feeling back that tubes aren't inferior to big boats just different. Sometimes I even feel I have an advantage over a regular bass boat just like the old days. Anyway this is a good debate and there are many important considerations. I think what will really have to be debated is the personal reasons why we fish from tubes and the spirit of the club and sport. Thanks for arguing about it at least.
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By the way the gear is not an issue. On my boat I have a platform on the back to hold the motor mount and battery. I carry a tackle bag that weighs about 80 pounds. (I know I'm insane) And I weigh about 220 lbs and I have no problem staying a float.
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This is a good discussion,alot of good points being made from both sides.This was actually voted on some years back and was shot down without it even being close in votes,but these were the days when we were able to run.Personally I wouldn`t use one just because I`m lazy and would consider it a hassle to lug around the extra stuff,but I like the idea of people using the motor to expand the fishing area so to speak.I also think Terry brought up a good point also that trolling motors takes away the fact that part of our uniqueness is that we are man powered.I think we need to see how this whole running issue pans out and kinda see how we feel after we know where we stand.If were not able to run "legally " again it might be a good idea to allow them for the big reservoirs to spread the field out,but not on the small ones.But if we are able to get this straightened out there really would be no reason for them at all in my opinion
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The trolling motor craze began for me with Jon Stangle. I rode around in his boat when he was down here. I had a blast. Its fun and very manuverable. I blame him for getting me hooked on the motor. LOL. IF anyone ever wants to ride around and feel what it feels like to have a kickboat with a motor let me know. Ill let you take mine for a spin.
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Beno,

When I referred to the use of motors as "lazy" I was merely being facetious. I was not attacking anyone. I don't mind trolling motors and I agree w/ you that it would be nice to use one to jump from spot to spot. My arms also wouldn't be like jelly at the end of the day either.

I believe that you have valid points to use a trolling motor especially for bigger bodies of water, but having it for smaller places like Blue or Highland I don't know how I would feel about it. There could also be a problem racing to spots as well. If I have a 50lb thrust vs. someone w/ 30lb. I would get to the spot before whereas the other person b/c he/she didn't/ can't afford a 50lbs thrust motor. Now if we were rowing and I got beat to my spot then that would be acceptable. I know this is more of a ramble but they are just my thoughts.

Thanks for listening and for bringing this subject to the table.
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I'm going with a more purist point of view. We are a kick boat club not a boat club. Adding a trolling boat to the mix makes us a boat club.
If trolling motors are ok then I could just go with a larger boat put an out of a water seat and be ok. They have trolling motors out that have 125 lbs of trust. That would move me far and fast.

If this would ever come to being then we really need to start thinking about making handy caps for people. If your in a round tube you are able to leave at blast of time. All kick boats leave 1/2hr later and then if you have a trolling motor you leave 1/2 hr after that. This would make people really think about what they are doing.

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Interesting thread. Where and how does your club draw the line for flotation and propulsion method? Is that posted in your rules section somewhere?
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Yea, rule number 10

10. Only fins and\or oars may power float tubes. The use of motors, sails, etc. is prohibited. Violation of this rule will result in Tournament disqualification.



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well, live wells are not required as of now.....
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