My experience with tab-mounted trolling motors is limited, but there’s no question that Lenco’s product provided a great alternative for anglers who wanted a bit of assistance with their poling. Their chief disadvantage is that they don’t provide directional control; most guides I know who use them still steer with the pushpole. The few times I’ve fished with them I used them to quickly get to a channel or approach a flat from deep water. But guides like Simon Becker of Florida’s Lower Keys have been using them for years.
This past summer we spoke to a Lenco customer service rep who said that they would not continue supporting the motors–which are made by Motorguide–and a manufacturer recently confirmed that the product won’t be continued.