Expand Your Kayaking Horizons with Torqeedo
There’s a train of thought among purists that once you rig a motor, it’s no longer a kayak.
That doesn’t necessarily hold true for Jeff Little, the producer of Tight Line Junkie Journal, a video channel dedicated to teaching effective patterns for a variety of species, regardless of mode: kayak, canoe, powerboat or on foot.
“I hear those arguments every day,” says Little. “And that’s fine. If you want to be a paddling purist, keep your paddles. Me, I’m a fishing purist, and Torqeedo’s electric propulsion systems help expand my fishing horizons.”
His first experience with electric propulsion was with a Torqeedo Ultralight 403 on Virginia’s Shenandoah River.
“It was in February, and I used the motor to move upstream three miles against strong current and ice floes to the base of a dam,” says Little. “I could have paddled it, but by using the Torqeedo, I reclaimed an additional two hours of fishing time that would have been lost to paddling.”
The concept was simple: get there and back faster, and have more time with the line in the water.
But the advantages aren’t just reaped on freshwater lakes, rivers and streams.
“That theme of more time with the line in the water carried over to my saltwater fishing as well,” says Little. “Now I was able to use the motor to troll jerkbaits for stripers on Chesapeake Bay at very specific speeds over long distances.”
Little says constantly having the lure in the water allows him to passively search out fish while also actively searching for birds, studying charts or monitoring his chartplotter/fishfinder.
Little has also seen the advantages in competitive bass fishing.
“It really hit home during an online kayak bass fishing tournament. I definitely had an unfair advantage, throwing a crankbait behind every rock in the river and along each current seam, all without the constant interruption of picking up a paddle to propel myself forward,” says Little. “In one day, I landed three smallmouth, 20 inches or better, with this power fishing approach.”
What Little does disagree with is arguments that taking advantage of electric propulsion is lazy.
“I know how to paddle. I earned American Canoe Association certification as a paddling instructor many years ago, and have taught paddling technique to thousands through my classes, DVDs and seminars,” says Little. “I probably could have repeated the performance while paddling, but I’d be kidding myself if I didn’t admit that quickly covering more water with quality presentations didn’t translate into more bites.”
While Little says he uses fewer core muscles powering up his Torqeedo throttle, he says he makes up for it in other ways.
“I run regularly, have completed a half-marathon in under two hours, and stay fit by going to the gym,” says Little. “But I also burn many calories over the course of the day through a nearly constant and relentless barrage of casts.”
And that translates into Little being a satisfied motorized kayak owner.
“I catch more fish than I used to,” says Little. “And that’s my priority as a fishing purist.”
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Original Source; Sportsmans Lifestyle.com