The Bowjax trolling motor vibration damper hits the market
Bowjax has been making bow dampeners for awhile and they work great. Now they’ve released the Bowjax Trolling Motor Vibration Dampener. The claim is that it reduces the vibration on your trolling motor, which in turn will help you catch more fish because you can sneak up on them more easily.
Does it work?
Well, that depends on what you’re asking. If you’re asking whether or not it dampens the vibration on your trolling motor then yes, it works. It apparently dampens the vibrations by 22% and lowers the Hz/G’s from 262 to 204. If you’re asking whether or not you’ll catch more fish, we’re skeptical. Here’s why: there is virtually no information out there on 1) Exactly which frequencies affect fish or 2) How it affects them. Fish can hear and feel boat motors in the water all day long. How they react to specific frequencies at exact distances is anyone’s guess. On top of that, there are simply too many variables involved to conclude that you caught more fish on a given day, due to the fact that your trolling motor was vibrating less. It’s hard enough to isolate variables in the lab, let alone out on the water in a boat.
Should I try it out?
At $12.49 a piece they’re not going to break the bank, so go for it. You get them on the Bowjax website. Of course, if you slap one on and catch a bunch of fish we know you’re not going to say it was because of a cheap piece of rubber. It was due to your superior fishing skils…right?