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When freshwater fishing, the trolling motor is an important part of your boat. One that malfunctions will make noise and be difficult to handle. Freshwater trolling motors can be mounted on the front (bow) or back (transom) of the boat. Motor power is determined by thrust, which is given in pounds to indicate the boat weight the motor can propel. While thrust levels can get as high as 160 pounds, 30 to 55 pounds is more common. The shaft also needs to be long enough for the motor to sit about 12” in the water, making an adjustable motor a good choice. Some freshwater trolling motors have a wireless controller or foot control. Those that don’t should have an ergonomically designed handle.

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