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#12563800 - 01/04/18 09:41 AM Poles or Talons?
DustyHartOutdoors Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/30/12
Posts: 1803
Loc: Pleasanton, Texas
Has anyone every had both? I would like to here the pros and cons from a few guys that have owned both Power Poles and Talons and also why you chose the ones you have now.


#12563969 - 01/04/18 11:40 AM Re: Poles or Talons? [Re: DustyHartOutdoors]
Atta Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/29/09
Posts: 1931
Loc: Kissimmee FL
2 PP or Talons are great but i was told by a number of guys to go with one. 1 has done the trick for me. took me a trip or 2 to get use to turning the boat a certain way and lining up with the one talon but no complaints.

Differences are 1 is hydraulic and one is electric. im sure some gurus know a little more than me but i am satisfied with both brands. Best part of the Talon which made my decision was the folding bracket.

#12564002 - 01/04/18 12:00 PM Re: Poles or Talons? [Re: DustyHartOutdoors]
John175 � Online   content
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Registered: 10/21/05
Posts: 66159
Loc: Realville
If you have room for pumps the power poles are good up to 10'.

If you don't have room for pumps then go with Talons up to 15' deep.

I have one 12' Talon and a Minn Kota Ultrex. Does what I need quite well.
Stay gold, Ponyboy, stay gold.

#12564024 - 01/04/18 12:16 PM Re: Poles or Talons? [Re: DustyHartOutdoors]
One fish Bill Offline
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Registered: 05/12/05
Posts: 1836
Loc: Granbury
I have two 10' Talons 3 years old, my fishing partner has two 8' PP also 3 years old. My Talons have been trouble free and two hold me solidly in place. I just wish they were longer. He has had several hose/fitting/pump failures on his both on the water and on land, trust me you don't want to be in the water in January on Granbury because they deployed but 1 won't come up. His latest happened while sitting idle in his garage and emptied the oil reservoir on the inside of the engine compartment. He is very dissatisfied and almost afraid to use them because of the unreliability. His Mech said he would no longer work on them because of the return issues. I will stick with Talons.

Edited by One fish Bill (01/04/18 12:23 PM)

#12564035 - 01/04/18 12:27 PM Re: Poles or Talons? [Re: DustyHartOutdoors]
I'm The Dude Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/20/07
Posts: 2282
Loc: Midland, Texas
On my second set of power poles (2 different boats) and love them. They are worth their weight in gold when it comes to sight fishing. Have had minor issues, but the phenomenal customer service power pole offers got me fixed up in no time. Proper maintenance and monitoring the oil reservoir will keep them working flawlessly.

#12564171 - 01/04/18 01:57 PM Re: Poles or Talons? [Re: DustyHartOutdoors]
BMCD Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/01/02
Posts: 3946
Loc: Katy, Texas US
4th set of power poles, I have never had an issue. I think installing the lines correctly is a big deal. But they are both good products, and truthfully I know people with both that have had issues. I hear nothing but praise on PP's customer service.

For me the ability to deploy and lower them at any time at the touch of a button was my decision factor. If I needed deeper the 10ft holding I would go with the Talons.

#12564307 - 01/04/18 03:30 PM Re: Poles or Talons? [Re: DustyHartOutdoors]
bigcat85 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/19/10
Posts: 1851
Loc: dallas, tx
I have had both. I have 12 foot talons now. I would rather have 8 foot poles. Second choice would be 10 foot talons. The 12 are just to long.

#12564367 - 01/04/18 04:14 PM Re: Poles or Talons? [Re: DustyHartOutdoors]
LinkLowrance Offline

Registered: 07/06/15
Posts: 444
Loc: On the Wheel
3rd set of PP Blades...I'll stick with them

#12564408 - 01/04/18 04:45 PM Re: Poles or Talons? [Re: DustyHartOutdoors]
bigbass94 Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 4010
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Love my Power Poles. I have several buddies who have Talons and I'm glad I went with Power Poles.
"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles." - Doug Larson

#12564454 - 01/04/18 05:21 PM Re: Poles or Talons? [Re: DustyHartOutdoors]
burner42 Offline

Registered: 07/19/16
Posts: 257
Loc: Dallas Texas
I have owned both. Actually removed my 10' Power Poles on my 2010 Ranger Z520 and replaced with the 12' Talons. I had 3 hydraulic leaks with my power poles. It's a huge nasty mess and I was just done! Each time they failed on the water ruining my day. I love the extra space in my battery compartment now without the stupid pump/reservoirs.
The Talons are much easier to sync too plus I have a permanent rear Nav light installed on one so I don't have to jack with rigging lights when it's getting dark. Had them for a little over a year, fish 4-6 times per month with zero issues! Go Talon!
2010 Ranger Z520C
PB - Large Mouth Bass - 8.03

#12564505 - 01/04/18 05:58 PM Re: Poles or Talons? [Re: DustyHartOutdoors]
Jaret Latta Online   content
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 01/06/07
Posts: 7063
Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
2 power poles. It's no argument

#12564596 - 01/04/18 07:09 PM Re: Poles or Talons? [Re: DustyHartOutdoors]
Okie Poke Online   happy
TFF Guru

Registered: 02/28/04
Posts: 17503
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Neither......bought an Ultrex instead.
2007 Skeeter 20i w/ 250 HPDI

#12564771 - 01/04/18 08:56 PM Re: Poles or Talons? [Re: DustyHartOutdoors]
meP2too Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 3021
Loc: dallas,tx,usa
i've owned both, six years with a power pole and only issue was a broken bracket while locked down in 30 mph winds. current one year old boat with a talon will not hold in 15 mph winds in 5 feet of water the rough water mode is cr@p.
it will be replaced, with a power pole.

#12564775 - 01/04/18 09:00 PM Re: Poles or Talons? [Re: meP2too]
Happykamper Online   content
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 01/20/07
Posts: 8315
Loc: Southlake, Texas
I have had 4 sets of PP, never nada one issue, I love the hydraulic leak issue, what is your tilt and trim ? Not electric.

#12564840 - 01/04/18 09:55 PM Re: Poles or Talons? [Re: DustyHartOutdoors]
Hydrilla Gear Offline

Registered: 03/23/11
Posts: 88
Loc: South Florida
Being a dealer for both Power Poles and Talons I have spent time with both. The pro's to the Talon is overall height, overall depth, install time and space in the bilge. Some cons would be durability, weight, holding strength, brackets, and service.

When I say durability I mean in salt or brackish water and muddy bottoms for the most part. Having to flush the unit is a bit much in my opinion. As we all know salt water takes a toll on just about everything and you can't keep all the muck or soot out of the Talon. I can't say I have had any holding issue however I do hear more complaints on Talons vs Power Poles in this category. The weight on the back of the boat with the Talon and the required brackets can add up real quick especially dual talons. The Talon is definitely harder to service and you will probably have more down time to repair. The Talon must go to an authorized service shop.

Power Poles Pros. Durability, weight, ease of service, holding Power, overall price, customer support.

The Power Pole is tough as nails. Takes some real abuse. Salt, muck, mud does not phase them. The overall price with comparative options is less. IF you have an issue its 99% serviceable yourself easy to troubleshoot right over the phone and I can have you warranty parts in 2 to 3 days and back on the water. Better choice in mounting brackets which leads to better boat performance and customer support is the best in the industry.

Would I like to be able to anchor in 15' of water YES. But a 15' anchor does me no good if its not as reliable...

The 2018 model year C-Monster 2.0 come were designed with fixed hydraulic lines. They look like mini hydraulic steering lines. This means NO more leaks or broken lines.

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like any prices. 954-304-0206 or


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