Yeah, we’re all “little motor” users. No tolling motor, no bassin’ fishin’. Just the way it is.
Back in the days of canoes and rowboats, before affording a boat was an option, I used oars to get around because that’s all there was.
(Reminds me of the time I took my now wife â€“ way before we were married â€“ on her first fishin’ trip. She was enthusiastic, which I thought was cool. Turns out she expected a leisurely day of grabbing food and beverages out of a cooler. Instead I handed her a spinning rod with an 1/8-oz jig and curly tail grub, and said, “Here ya go, have at it”…lol.)
So we all probably used paddles at one point, but lately? And would there be a reason to? Maybe. Check this quote:
The shallow, weedy lake that Jackson fishes isnâ€™t suited for modern fishing. It is so choked with weeds that a bass boat with a big outboard and a trolling motor would constantly be tangled in vegetation.
But itâ€™s perfectly suited for Sonnett. He uses a small V-bottom boat with a small motor to get to the general area he wants to fish. Then he uses oars to reach specific spots.
â€œItâ€™s important not to make a lot of noise when youâ€™re fishing out here,â€ he said. â€œIn this shallow water, the bass spook easily.
â€œBut if you use oars and stay quiet, you can sneak up on them.â€
That’s from this article about a guy in Michigan who likes to fish the old-fashioned way. He uses old rods and reels, and antique baits like the Dying Quiver topwater he used on that weed-choked lake.
Ever pole or row into shallow areas so as not to spook fish? (Examples other than bedding fish.)