well, i've tried fishing from my canoe and sea kayaks, and made modifications, rod holders, etc, but i've found that i want to spend more time and energy devoted just to fishing instead of gear management and boat control. the wife and i are thinking of the previously unthinkable. a square backed canoe! Esquif makes a model called the Heron that looks like it would be a good paddling canoe and good for mild white water, which we're both skilled at. the touring canoe is just not great for fishing or for rivers, so the new canoe idea. now i'm all obsessing about how to power it when not paddling. it would see mostly fresh water, but also some salt as i'm right on the ocean, and salmon fishing on calm days would be awesome. anyhow for electric, you need a specific motor, the Minn kota Riptide, then a big battery and charger. 55lbs thrust model looks good. OR, do i get a 2.5 4 stroker? can you troll very slow with the gas motor? i have no experience at all with either or powered boats. i read some old threads here that were good, but if you have any insight, i'd love to hear it. thanks.