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#11544973 - 04/15/16 02:57 PM Power Pole vs Talon
BassnJAK Offline
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Loc: Springtown, TX
I'm looking to add Anchor system to my boat.
I have a 18' Skeeter. I'm leaning towards the Talon and just looking to see what feedback there is around each.
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#11545043 - 04/15/16 03:26 PM Re: Power Pole vs Talon [Re: BassnJAK]
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Here's what imma say. She I go to weigh ins at my tournament, people beach their boats and out their talons or poles down to keep the boat in place. I have only ever seen a boat with powerpoles get washed off the bank, and the owner has to get on someone else's boat to go out and get it. I've never seen this happen to someone with talons. Powerpoles do require a hydraulic fluid container to be installed in the boats read storage. I believe a talon is just as quiet if not more quiet than a power pole (maybe not the pp blade) and unless you bend them or get slot of sand in them, they will stay that way...
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#11545084 - 04/15/16 03:45 PM Re: Power Pole vs Talon [Re: BassnJAK]
BassnJAK Offline
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Thanks Bassslayer, good feed back. I've not heard one run so I was concerned about the noise.
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#11545098 - 04/15/16 03:49 PM Re: Power Pole vs Talon [Re: BassnJAK]
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The Talons seem like an easier application and work well but i like the Powerpoles and have worked great. Have the 12ft Blades and they keep us anchored with no issues in 20 mph winds. In fact, they will push down and anchor hard enough to lift the back end of the boat. Also like that the Powerpoles go out and down for better leverage instead of straight down like the talons. I would have no issues with running either one though.


Edited by FMJag64 (04/15/16 03:51 PM)

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#11545137 - 04/15/16 04:08 PM Re: Power Pole vs Talon [Re: FMJag64]
Jaret Latta Offline
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Originally Posted By: FMJag64
The Talons seem like an easier application and work well but i like the Powerpoles and have worked great. Have the 12ft Blades and they keep us anchored with no issues in 20 mph winds. In fact, they will push down and anchor hard enough to lift the back end of the boat. Also like that the Powerpoles go out and down for better leverage instead of straight down like the talons. I would have no issues with running either one though.


You sure you have 12ft blades?

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#11545143 - 04/15/16 04:11 PM Re: Power Pole vs Talon [Re: BassnJAK]
SAKS Offline
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I have Talons on my boat and they work great. I fish with other people that have Poles and they work great also. I think you will be happy with either. Price was my purchase point. On paper Talons appear to be more expensive but you have to factor in installation cost also unless you do it yourself. Takes longer to install PP plus more pieces but end price was still comparable. If you plan on putting it in the garage you will have to buy the tilt bracket for the Talons. They will not fit through door frame without them(at least at my house). I also like that I can lay my Talons down while towing. Whichever you get I would recommend buying the motor brackets to mount them on.

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#11545157 - 04/15/16 04:19 PM Re: Power Pole vs Talon [Re: Jaret Latta]
FMJag64 Offline
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Ha my bad but good eye. Correction, i have the 10ft blades.

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#11545162 - 04/15/16 04:20 PM Re: Power Pole vs Talon [Re: BassnJAK]
BassnJAK Offline
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I was also wondering if the Power Poles might be tougher on the guy in the back of the boat.
it looks like you might have to work fish around them
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#11545168 - 04/15/16 04:22 PM Re: Power Pole vs Talon [Re: BassnJAK]
BassnJAK Offline
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I was also wondering if the Power Poles might be tougher on the guy in the back of the boat.
it looks like you might have to work fish around them
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#11545170 - 04/15/16 04:22 PM Re: Power Pole vs Talon [Re: BassnJAK]
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I actually think the Talon is a bit louder than the power pole during deployment, but not so much that its a deal breaker. Performance of both products is great, but FWIW I have taken more of a liking to the Talon recently.
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#11545178 - 04/15/16 04:24 PM Re: Power Pole vs Talon [Re: BassnJAK]
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Originally Posted By: BassnJAK
I was also wondering if the Power Poles might be tougher on the guy in the back of the boat.
it looks like you might have to work fish around them


When PP's are deployed they're out of the way of the angler on the back deck, where as the Talons are always at the same height while deployed as not deployed.
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#11545188 - 04/15/16 04:27 PM Re: Power Pole vs Talon [Re: BassnJAK]
BassnJAK Offline
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Buda do you have the 10' or the 12'. I read the new 12 is quieter.
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#11545194 - 04/15/16 04:29 PM Re: Power Pole vs Talon [Re: BassnJAK]
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My partner runs 2 8' Talons on his Skeeter. My boat has the old school power pole, trim the motor down. LOL
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#11545203 - 04/15/16 04:34 PM Re: Power Pole vs Talon [Re: BassnJAK]
bigbass94 Offline
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My take: I have blades and I will never own a boat with them. I use them for several different things but mainly use them to beach my boat; they're already worth it for just beaching your boat if you ask me. I like how you can adjust the speeds of how fast they deploy, although I usually keep it on high. I like the fact that if I need to get under a bridge or something, I just lower them a little bit and stop them. I can get a strong hold in big waves, in 6 1/2 feet of water or so. If it's calm out, I can hold my boat (ZX20) in about 7 feet of water. The pumps and stuff mount easily in my battery compartment, and I've done zero maintenance to them except tighten some bolts (never needed tightening, just a precaution). The best thing about the Power Poles is their durability. They will not break, crack, snap, fracture, anything! I know because I've put mine through the ringer. I accidentally took off one time with them down all the way and my boat barely moved and they were perfectly fine. Even banging into a large anchor barely put a scratch in them. Their durability is incredible! To be honest, I really can't find any negatives other than the fact they're kind of hard to install.

I've never owned a Talon but I have seen & heard both positive and negative reviews. Personally, the only positive I see in them is the fact that they don't require pumps or laboring installation. I've seen & heard quite a few negatives from fellow anglers such as, wires shorting out, the poles bringing dirt/mud/sand into the shell and ruining some internal parts, they're heavier than Power Poles, and a few other minor details. The number one thing I've heard the most is that if you get too much debris or something on the end of the poles and it goes up into the shell, it can really do a lot of damage.

Both of these anchoring systems have negative and positive features. I recommend that you do all the research you can to find which one fits your style the best.

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#11545212 - 04/15/16 04:36 PM Re: Power Pole vs Talon [Re: buda13]
BassnJAK Offline
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Loc: Springtown, TX


I hear you on the-- My boat has the old school power pole, trim the motor down.

Im right there with ya so far.
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