Expand Your Snook Fishing with Electric Outboards
by Ted Lund
Once the provenance of reservoir anglers hoping to retain public access to waterways on the mid-Atlantic coast, today’s serious saltwater anglers are turning more and more to electric outboard motors to target one of the most popular saltwater sports species in North America, the common snook.
More and more anglers are taking the kayak and ultra-light skiff movement to heart, and electric outboard power sources like those manufactured by Torqeedo are proving popular.
“We fish a lot of really remote mangrove areas in negative tidal situations along the West Coast of Florida and electrics like Torqeedo have proven invaluable,” says Largo-based recreational fisherman Rich Napolitano. “Many of the places we fish, either you can’t get with a traditional skiff due to draft limitations or they are off limits to traditional combustion propulsion. That makes Torqeedo a perfect solution.”
One of the biggest challenges faced by mico-skiff anglers that prefer canoes, kayaks or unique craft like the Mitzi Solo-Skiff is covering large distances to get to fishing grounds. Electric outboards answer that question.
“We’d have to paddle 5 or 10 miles to get to some of these places,” says Napolitano. “And it’s possible that we are casting to fish that have never seen a lure or an angler before. We couldn’t do that without Torqeedo.”
In addition to covering distance, other advantages include stealth.
“Normal outboard engines, fish here and feel them even if you are maneuvering just a little bit readjust your boats position. With Torqeedo, it is nearly totally silent running — comparable to what you’ll experience with an electric trolling motor.”
For most of his applications, Napolitano prefers Torqeedo’s Travel 1003.
“It’s portable and lightweight, and the integrated lithium power cell provides us with enough juice to get there and back,” says Napolitano.
“Like most fly fishermen, I believe that being there, enjoying the serenity and communing with nature is a larger part of the experience,” says Napolitano. “Torqeedo lets us focus on that, not on worrying about getting there and back.”
The completely waterproof Travel 1003 also features an onboard computer that provides a GPS-based calculation of remaining range. Can be easily dismantled for transport and space-saving storage and owning the Travel 1003 is a clean affair: no matter how or where you store your Travel, there’s no risk of leakage or gasoline smells.
Best of all, the Travel 1003 is rechargeable via solar energy even during your voyage.
“Torqeedo has helped expand my horizons and improved my snook fishing,” says Napolitano. “We couldn’t do what we do without it.”
To learn more about Torqeedo’s innovative line of green boating power solutions, visit www.torqeedo.com.
Original Source; Sportsmans Lifestyle.com