I would agree about keeping the AUX in a fixed position. But sometimes when trolling I need to be able to make tight turns.
This past Saturday, I was able to test the Honda 2 HP and it performed better than I thought. On the Columbia river I was able to make it against current going about 4 mph on the GPS. So if I need to get to shore, at least I can make it or back to the launch, but it would take a long time. That is a lot better than being stranded.
Later that day on the lake, I was able troll for over 2 hours without running out of gas. I even had some to spair. With the throttle set barely over a quarter of the way, we were trolling inbetween 1-2 mph. Sometimes against some 10-15 mph wind gusts.
One thing I did notice is the aux mount is dragging when I am on a plane. I can feel a slight pull on the starboard side. I will need to either shorten the bracket or cut a notch in it to reduce the drag.
Next.... mounting the downrigger brackets