For fishing what do you think is be better? Side mounted motor or stern mounted motor?
I have read that some people say a side mounted motor can get a little tricky/harry if your fishing in fast current and debris and need to make a quick maneuver to get out of your current situation.
I have also read that most people do like the motor mounted behind them because its complicated to control.
I have only dealt with two square stern canoes one was a cranberry creek model that was still double ended and had a raised square stern. The other was the a old town discovery sport.
I liked the cranberry creek canoe. Wish it was longer than 12'9" but I agree that it was a some what of a PITA to operate the motor behind me like that specially if i was trying to troll with it. It just wasn't set up right for that. Two long of a reach back to the motor.
The old town was my uncles. I like fishing out this canoe way more then mine. the motor controls were way easier operate than my cranberry creek. seat was just better placement for it. it seemed more stable which I doubt that it actually was. It was just that first initial stability that made it seem like that. Im sure once you were starting to go over there was no saving it.
The whole reason I started this thread is I have never operated a side mounted trolling motor and I think I have only ever seen one. It got me thinking if a square stern canoe is really worth it or not?
I will mainly be using this canoe in rivers close to home. No rapids, some downed trees to get around, and dams to fish. This canoe will also be used on smaller to medium sized lakes. I will almost always be using a motor. I have decided on gas or electric yet. I want to be able to troll which I had a hard time to do so with my last gas motor.
The thing that really has me questioning getting another square stern canoe is I would really like to do a yearly trip into the BWCA and Im starting to wondering if buying a good paddling/fishing canoe would be the ticket and then just buy a side mount for a trolling motor?
So whats your opinion on the subject? Should I get a good paddling canoe and then go for the side motor mount? Should I just go with a square stern again?
At first I am going to look for a good used canoe. A place in Minnesota has all kinds used and I am going to see what he has in stock and then post back here and see what people think of the options he has.
My requirements this time is I want a canoe at least 15 feet or longer. I also don't want to pay over 1200-1500 new.