Kayak Fishing Upgraded – Best Trolling Motor and Batteries

Are you an avid angler looking for ways to make fishing trips more exciting? Are you tired of visiting the same fishing places and want to explore more without getting tired from paddling? Then it’s the right time to consider upgrading your kayak with a trolling motor.

A troller will give your kayak that extra boost of power: rely on mechanical thrust to keep you going, reach fishing spots faster, follow fish easily and be more efficient.

What criteria does the best trolling motor for kayak fishing need to meet?

How to Choose Your Trolling Motor

There are some things you have to take into consideration before buying a trolling motor:

Amount of Thrust

This depends on the size of your boat. The general rule of thumb here is: the larger the boat, the more thrust it will need. For a 10 ft kayak, look for a motor that can provide 40 lbs of thrust.

Voltage

Enjoy more time on the water with higher voltage motors. One drawback is their size: the higher the voltage, the bigger the motor. Some kayaks are just too small to carry them.

Freshwater or saltwater fishing

If you’re fishing at sea, you’ll need to take extra care to protect your motor from corrosion. Having motor parts made from an anti-corrosion material such as stainless steel is a must.

Controls: hand or foot-operated

This is a matter of preference.

All of these factors make up the total price of a motor. Invest smartly: buy what you need, don’t pay for what you won’t use.

AGM and Wet Cell Batteries – What’s the Difference?

Without getting into the technical aspects, let’s see what makes these two battery types different:

Wet cell batteries are definitely the less expensive option here. Ideal for people new to the sport or casual hobbyists who don’t go out on the water often.

AGM batteries are a long-term investment that will last you several years with virtually no maintenance.

Wet cell batteries:

  • require regular maintenance
  • are sensitive to vibrations
  • have to be installed in an upright position

AGM batteries

  • don’t require any maintenance
  • can last a long time
  • can be installed and work in any position

Fisherman’s Tips is a great source of information that answers all of your fishing-related questions, including what to look for in a troller and motor battery. You’ll find articles on the best battery for trolling motor here, as well as educational articles on open-top, sit-in and inflatable kayaks, fish finders, and more.

Best AGM Batteries in 2020

Power Star Deep Cycle Marine Battery

Type: AGM sealed-acid

Voltage and amperage: 12 V 55 Ah

Other features: sealed and spill-proof, 3-year-warranty for use on boats

Interstate Batteries 12 V 35 Ah Deep Cycle Battery

Type: AGM seal-lead

Voltage and amperage: 12 V 35 Ah

Other features: made to last (5-year-warranty), can perform in a range of temperatures, maintenance-free

Universal Power Group 12 V 100 Ah

Type: AGM

Voltage and amperage: 12 V 100 Ah

Other features: versatile, up to 5 hours run time (at medium boating speed), maintenance-free

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Switchfoot, Enya, Ying Yang Twins, Lordi

Switchfoot

Switchfoot is an American alternative rock band formed in San Diego, California in 1995. The band’s members are Jon Foreman on vocals & guitar, Tim Foreman on bass guitar, Chad Butler on drums, Jerome Fontamillas on guitar & keyboards, and Drew Shirley on guitar. Their debut album was The Legend of Chin released in 1997. They followed it up with their sophoore album, New Way to Be Human. Then in 2000, Switchfoot released their third album, Learning to Breathe. This album received a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Gospel Album in 2001, mainly because of the band’s affiliation with a CCM label, not because of the band’s musical genre. Switchfoot first gained mainstream recognition after the inclusion of four of their songs in the 2002 movie A Walk to Remember. This recognition led to their major label debut, The Beautiful Letdown, which was released in 2003. It went on to sell over 2.6 million copies and produced the band’s best-known singles, “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move”. Switchfoot has since released three more albums which include Nothing Is Sound in 2005, Oh! Gravity in 2006 and Hello Hurricane in 2009. In 2008, Switchfoot also got involved in the musical movement to spread awareness about 21st century slavery and human trafficking, performing “Awakening” for the documentary film Call + Response.

Enya

Enya is the stage name of Eithne Patricia Ní Bhraonain. She was born on May 17, 1961 in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland. She began her musical career in 1980, when she briefly joined her family band Clannad, before leaving to pursue her solo career. In 1987 she released her self titled debut album. It spawned the singles “Aldebaran”, “Epona” and “Boadicea”. In 1988, Enya released her sophomore album, Watermark. The album featured her first major hit, “Orinoco Flow”. Watermark is considered Enya’s breakthrough album release. Enya then released her third album, Shepherd Moons. It won the Grammy Award for “Best New Age Album” of 1993. It was a #1 album in the UK and a Top 20 hit in the US, peaking at #17 on the Billboard 200. The album was a major success and sold 12 million copies worldwide. Enya has since gone on to release six more studio albums. Enya has sold over 75 million albums worldwide and her work has earned her, among other things, an Academy Award nomination and she is known for performing in 10 different languages during her career thus far. She was also named the world’s biggest selling female artist of 2001.

Ying Yang Twins

The Ying Yang Twins are an Atlanta-based American crunk rap duo consisting of Kaine and D-Roc. The group was formed in 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia. Ying Yang Twins debuted in 2000 with the single “Whistle While You Twurk”, which was played on urban and pop radio stations and peaked at #16 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart. They grew even more famous when they toured with Juz tha King, Kat Nu and Demo Dil on the tour called King Me. Their full-length debut album, Thug Walkin’, came out later that year. In 2002, they released their sophomore album, Alley: The Return of the Ying Yang Twins. The same year, the group appeared on the album Kings of Crunk by Lil Jon on the single “Get Low”. The song was a huge club and radio hit, and the duo subsequently signed a deal with TVT Records. They then released their third album, Me & My Brother. This album features their biggest hit, the Lil Jon-assisted “Salt Shaker”, which reached #9 on the Hot 100. The Ying Yang Twins have since produced two more studio album which include Chemically Imbalanced in 2006 and Ying Yang Forever in 2009.

Lordi

Lordi is a hard rock & heavy metal band from Rovaniemi, Finland formed in 1996. It features the members Mr. Lordi, Amen, Ox, Awa and Kita. Lordi was signed by the BMG Finland recording company and in 2002 their first single, “Would You Love A Monsterman?” became a smash hit and not long after that, their first album, Get Heavy, sold 66,000 copies in Finland. Lordi then released their sophomore album in 2004 entitled The Monsterican Dream. It was Lordi’s worst selling album to date. Undeterred they headed back to the studio, and in 2006 they released The Arockalypse. The album has sold triple platinum in Finland and gold in Sweden and Germany. On October 29, 2008 they released Deadache. The first single from the album, “Bite It Like a Bulldog” was released on September 3, 2008. Lordi was featured on the 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards in Copenhagen when Mr. Lordi presented the award for rock, and they were also the closing act playing their single Hard Rock Hallelujah. They also performed on Britain’s Making Your Mind Up for the Eurovision Song Contest. Lordi performed on the main stage at Ozzfest 2007 and later that year toured with Type O Negative and Twin Method until Halloween night.