We usually catch Sheepshead (below) and Red Drum (above). Sheepshead is much better eating in our opinion. We actually get our first hits in less than one minute from the bait hitting the water. We have not caught any garbage like catfish and rays. We have caught a couple pinfish but, only two in the last 5 trips. Our bait selection, leader and freeline style is key in targeting a species. We are far from experts but, through trial and error we have found what works best for us.
18 inch Sheepshead
Update: Here is a 22 inch Sheepshead I caught three days later.
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The canoe combined with the motor really gets us fishing into great places very quickly. One of the biggest obstacles is however, getting away from noisy weekend “water goers”. We fish, mostly in very secluded spots. When a gaggle of kayaks passes right through us while we are fishing, talking on cellphones and yelling back and forth. Seems to us that they are in complete disregard to the fact that WE ARE FISHING HERE. No attempt is made to give us a wider berth or to quiet down a bit while passing. Perhaps I’ll outfit the canoe with my paintball gun? 200 semi auto shots, 24oz of co2 and pretty accurate within 50 feet. Sounds like that could be an an “awareness initiator”.
Here is the mounting for the solar panel. The solar panel has a fold down piece that slips into the slot. There is a small 3/8″ diameter hole at the very tip of the bow (not seen here) for an aluminum rod that protrudes from the other end of the solar panel. Very snug rattle free drop-in fit with no screws or clamps to bother with.
The hinged mount allows for small storage space and is very forgiving to big waves and bumps.
Here is the panel dropped into place. The whole set up, including motor mounting takes less than a minute. The marine battery in its’ battery box fits right under this section. The panels are mounted to their bracket at a slight angle which optimizes profile to sun no matter where we are positioned. Seems simple but, took a while to figure out the best angles.
This is the very heavy duty but, not heavy motor mount.
The “pseudo transom” piece just drops right into the slots. The “camo” painted aluminum piece is an add on for mounting a small aerator and pump to keep caught fish alive in a well instead of an overboard bucket that would need pulled in every time we move. More stuff in the water is bad from a stealthly perspective anyhow.
The motor up position is easy to accomplish. However, I just lift the motor and transom right out and lay it in front of me for prolonged fishing. Keeps it out of the way and I don’t even need to unscrew the motor from the piece either. Very cool!
Here we are in motor down position. There is one more notch to go until level but, you get the idea.
To set up the canoe, it really takes less than a minute. There is nothing to screw on, clamp or any tools. Just drop it all together, plug in the harnesses and we are off! This configuration also has nothing sticking out so, I can mount the canoe upside down on the roof of the old fishing car with ease. This was my first attempt at doing this type of set up and I would not change a thing. I am however, adding a bait cup holder and pole holder in the bows solar panel mounting piece (the piece permanently affixed to the bow in the first picture). With the battery and panels in front, and motor with me in back, the canoe is well balanced with either one or two people.
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