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#10735861 - 03/31/15 09:46 AM Power Pole/Talon observations
Cmack Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 10/14/04
Posts: 571
Loc: Onalaska,Tx
This past week, I have been fishing my area lakes every day, Sam Rayburn, Toledo Bend and Livingston. As everyone knows the spawn is well underway right now and shallow is king. During this time I have seen literally hundreds of boats fishing the shallows with a great percentage of them equipped with some type of shallow water anchoring system and have yet to see anyone deploy them other than at the boat ramp. Appears to me that for the most part it might be another toy that all the cool kids gotta have. This got me to thinking,how much practical use are they? Personally I can see the value at times but the drawbacks are too great for me. There are too many places I fish in the spring that the poles sticking up above the cowling would constantly be hanging up on limbs, vines etc. and the water is quiet often too shallow to deploy them to get under such obstacles. I realize that the owners of these systems will be somewhat biased but I am curious as to just how often do you actually deploy them? I am also curious if other non system owners ever see people deploy theirs?
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#10735872 - 03/31/15 09:50 AM Re: Power Pole/Talon observations [Re: Cmack]
YankHardReelFast Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 03/09/08
Posts: 3228
Loc: Huntsville, TX
I prolly used mine 25 times this past Sunday plus twice at the ramp.

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#10735892 - 03/31/15 09:56 AM Re: Power Pole/Talon observations [Re: Cmack]
Charley David Offline
Angler

Registered: 12/19/09
Posts: 339
Loc: Waxahachie
I could not count the times I used mine Saturday. Best thing since the TM.
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#10735899 - 03/31/15 09:59 AM Re: Power Pole/Talon observations [Re: Cmack]
RW1984 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/20/12
Posts: 53
I was fishing on Rayburn this past weekend and wished I had them. Wind was killing me even in the shallows. All the boats around me with them put them to use at some point.

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#10735919 - 03/31/15 10:04 AM Re: Power Pole/Talon observations [Re: Cmack]
rodiebob Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/06/05
Posts: 319
Loc: Royse City Texas
Power poles get in the way for the rear angler..Question, is the benefit of being able to anchor quickly, quietly worth the xtra money/drain on batteries? I didnt have them on my boat..
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#10735964 - 03/31/15 10:19 AM Re: Power Pole/Talon observations [Re: RW1984]
Countyline22 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 02/28/14
Posts: 90
Loc: SE Texas
Originally Posted By: RW1984
I was fishing on Rayburn this past weekend and wished I had them. Wind was killing me even in the shallows. All the boats around me with them put them to use at some point.


Same here. Sunday was a little rough.
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#10735978 - 03/31/15 10:24 AM Re: Power Pole/Talon observations [Re: Cmack]
Happykamper Offline
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Registered: 01/20/07
Posts: 7373
Loc: Southlake, Texas
Originally Posted By: Cmack
This past week, I have been fishing my area lakes every day, Sam Rayburn, Toledo Bend and Livingston. As everyone knows the spawn is well underway right now and shallow is king. During this time I have seen literally hundreds of boats fishing the shallows with a great percentage of them equipped with some type of shallow water anchoring system and have yet to see anyone deploy them other than at the boat ramp. Appears to me that for the most part it might be another toy that all the cool kids gotta have. This got me to thinking,how much practical use are they? Personally I can see the value at times but the drawbacks are too great for me. There are too many places I fish in the spring that the poles sticking up above the cowling would constantly be hanging up on limbs, vines etc. and the water is quiet often too shallow to deploy them to get under such obstacles. I realize that the owners of these systems will be somewhat biased but I am curious as to just how often do you actually deploy them? I am also curious if other non system owners ever see people deploy theirs?


You can lower the poles to where they are no higher than your cowling and they will not be any deeper in the water than the bottom of the boat, they also act as
guards to keep your cowling from getting all banged up, they are expensive and I think it depends on where and how you fish to determine if they are worth the cost, to me they are invaluable.

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#10735987 - 03/31/15 10:31 AM Re: Power Pole/Talon observations [Re: Cmack]
T-Rig Ranger Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/15/04
Posts: 1614
Loc: Gunter, TX
I just can't justify spending $4k on them. I'm sure their nice but IMO not $4k nice.

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#10736016 - 03/31/15 10:41 AM Re: Power Pole/Talon observations [Re: Cmack]
Doug R. Offline
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Registered: 06/11/12
Posts: 8071
Loc: Cell Block C
I fished yesterday and used mine prob 25 times, not counting at the ramp.


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#10736075 - 03/31/15 11:05 AM Re: Power Pole/Talon observations [Re: Cmack]
Outdoordude Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/20/09
Posts: 1958
I used them all the time last week when I was at Rayburn for a few days. We were up in the squirrel woods most of the time and they didn't really keep me from wiggling through the bushes and trees like I thought they might. The poles are one of the most convenient tools available.

That said, if all you fish are deep highland reservoirs that never get flooded then they'd be a waste of money.

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#10736086 - 03/31/15 11:09 AM Re: Power Pole/Talon observations [Re: Cmack]
SAKS Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/23/14
Posts: 647
All points on here will be valid to the most part. It comes down to are they worth it to you. There are days I use mine extensively and days when I don't use them at all. I like the fact I have them just in case I need them. I don't believe it's a vanity thing because they serve a useful purpose.

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#10736362 - 03/31/15 01:11 PM Re: Power Pole/Talon observations [Re: Cmack]
Hobbs McAvoy Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 274
Loc: Bullard, TX
I use mine all the time. They are great!

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#10736374 - 03/31/15 01:19 PM Re: Power Pole/Talon observations [Re: rodiebob]
forkduc Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 03/28/07
Posts: 10233
Loc: Plano,Texas
Talons don't and only require an electrical connection.

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#10736384 - 03/31/15 01:22 PM Re: Power Pole/Talon observations [Re: Cmack]
PieFiller1 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/11/14
Posts: 60
Loc: Forney
I was of similar mind when I got mine but won one and a little money so bought a second. I can't tell you how often i use them, retying, unhooking fish, sitting in shallow drains, pull up to a bush or a brushtop and I can pick it apart without being on the trolling motor. I guaranteed you you will catch more fish with them than without them, no matter which brand you buy.
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#10736404 - 03/31/15 01:27 PM Re: Power Pole/Talon observations [Re: Cmack]
Pearlandtexan Offline
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Registered: 07/06/09
Posts: 428
Loc: Pearland/ Broaddus
use mine all the time...
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