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Power pole blade 10’ vs pro II 8’ #13539730 04/30/20 12:34 AM
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I’m going to put a couple power poles on my boat (Z19). I’m leaning toward the pro sport II 8’ because the 8’ will be 13” shorter and 12lbs lighter. I’m sure I will occasionally want to anchor in 8-9 feet of water and wish I had the 10’ poles. But I don’t think that wanting to anchor in 9ft of water will happen too often and I don’t think the extra weight and height obstacle on the back of the boat would be worth it. If I’m in deeper water, I see myself continuing to use “spot lock” anyway. I purchased my first bass boat 12 years ago and have never had power poles or fished in a boat with power poles or talons. Most lakes I fish are deeper and I don’t spend as much time fishing shallow water but I know they will come in useful for many things besides sight fishing.
Does anyone with 8’ poles wish they would have bought 10’ poles?

Anyone with 10’ poles think they would have been just as happy or wish they bought the 8’ poles?



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Re: Power pole blade 10’ vs pro II 8’ [Re: BrianID] #13539782 04/30/20 01:14 AM
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8 foot Blades here. Rarely have I wished to have 10s. If I need anything outside of the range of poles I just use spot lock. I also think 10 footers look ugly, but that’s just me.

Re: Power pole blade 10’ vs pro II 8’ [Re: BrianID] #13539817 04/30/20 01:55 AM
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I went with 15' Talons. Eliminated all doubt about needing more.

Re: Power pole blade 10’ vs pro II 8’ [Re: BrianID] #13539875 04/30/20 02:42 AM
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I have a 10'. When I power down in mud that extra length helps. Don't care how it looks, I'm not much to look at so figure a pretty boat won't help.


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Re: Power pole blade 10’ vs pro II 8’ [Re: BrianID] #13540005 04/30/20 07:06 AM
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I went through the same thought as you last year 10 vs 8. I went with the pro II 8 and they have worked out great. Have not found myself in spot to where I wished I had or needed the 10's.

Re: Power pole blade 10’ vs pro II 8’ [Re: BrianID] #13540086 04/30/20 12:12 PM
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Thank you for the replies so far, keep them coming. I agree that I don’t care how they look. As long as they work well and don’t cause unnecessary obstruction. One could be zebra pink and the other rainbow and I wouldn’t care.

Re: Power pole blade 10’ vs pro II 8’ [Re: BrianID] #13540153 04/30/20 01:04 PM
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I had 10's and wish I had gone with 8's. They are so tall, they wobble and wear out the bushings much faster than friends of mine who had the 8's.


Re: Power pole blade 10’ vs pro II 8’ [Re: BrianID] #13540191 04/30/20 01:26 PM
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If you have spot lock then the 8's should be just fine. I use mine mostly when at the boat ramp/sight fishing/retying anyways so any depth beyond that if I had spot lock would just use it. Saving the weight matters and if you have any height issues.


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Re: Power pole blade 10’ vs pro II 8’ [Re: BrianID] #13540411 04/30/20 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by BrianID
I’m going to put a couple power poles on my boat (Z19). I’m leaning toward the pro sport II 8’ because the 8’ will be 13” shorter and 12lbs lighter. I’m sure I will occasionally want to anchor in 8-9 feet of water and wish I had the 10’ poles. But I don’t think that wanting to anchor in 9ft of water will happen too often and I don’t think the extra weight and height obstacle on the back of the boat would be worth it. If I’m in deeper water, I see myself continuing to use “spot lock” anyway. I purchased my first bass boat 12 years ago and have never had power poles or fished in a boat with power poles or talons. Most lakes I fish are deeper and I don’t spend as much time fishing shallow water but I know they will come in useful for many things besides sight fishing.
Does anyone with 8’ poles wish they would have bought 10’ poles?

Anyone with 10’ poles think they would have been just as happy or wish they bought the 8’ poles?




I highly recommend saving some money and getting the best ones available which in my opinion are without a doubt the basic 8' Sportsmen II Models rather than the 10' Blades or Pro Series. The difference is how much quieter the pumps are when deploying or retracting the Sportsman II Models compared with the more expensive Blades or Pro Series is significantly noticeable, and even more so underwater. I put my Sportsman II Models through hell for over 4 years without a single issue, they are built to last! I have always been blown away in regards to how much louder the more expensive models of Power Poles are. Yes the Pro Series and Blades do look a bit sharper to most anglers compared to the Sportsman II Models but the amount of increased noise which these more expensive models create compared with the nearly silent operation of the Sportsman Models II is an easy choice for me. In regards to the length, the fact that you have spot lock technology on your trolling motor is even more reason to lean towards purchasing the 8' poles. I hope this helps, and if you do decide to choose the Sportsman IIs, meet up with another angler at the boat ramp and ask for him to deploy his Blades or Pro Series then deploy your Sportsman IIs. The difference in the amount of noise reduction with the Sportsman II Models compared Power Poles higher end models are nearly night and day my friend. I hope this helps, good luck fishing!


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I’d buy the cheapest 8’ PowerPoles. The Blade is $800 more for the same thing. IMO. I have Blades. Not worth the extra money.


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Re: Power pole blade 10’ vs pro II 8’ [Re: Stephen M Fatherree] #13540604 04/30/20 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Stephen M Fatherree
Originally Posted by BrianID
I’m going to put a couple power poles on my boat (Z19). I’m leaning toward the pro sport II 8’ because the 8’ will be 13” shorter and 12lbs lighter. I’m sure I will occasionally want to anchor in 8-9 feet of water and wish I had the 10’ poles. But I don’t think that wanting to anchor in 9ft of water will happen too often and I don’t think the extra weight and height obstacle on the back of the boat would be worth it. If I’m in deeper water, I see myself continuing to use “spot lock” anyway. I purchased my first bass boat 12 years ago and have never had power poles or fished in a boat with power poles or talons. Most lakes I fish are deeper and I don’t spend as much time fishing shallow water but I know they will come in useful for many things besides sight fishing.
Does anyone with 8’ poles wish they would have bought 10’ poles?

Anyone with 10’ poles think they would have been just as happy or wish they bought the 8’ poles?




I highly recommend saving some money and getting the best ones available which in my opinion are without a doubt the basic 8' Sportsmen II Models rather than the 10' Blades or Pro Series. The difference is how much quieter the pumps are when deploying or retracting the Sportsman II Models compared with the more expensive Blades or Pro Series is significantly noticeable, and even more so underwater. I put my Sportsman II Models through hell for over 4 years without a single issue, they are built to last! I have always been blown away in regards to how much louder the more expensive models of Power Poles are. Yes the Pro Series and Blades do look a bit sharper to most anglers compared to the Sportsman II Models but the amount of increased noise which these more expensive models create compared with the nearly silent operation of the Sportsman Models II is an easy choice for me. In regards to the length, the fact that you have spot lock technology on your trolling motor is even more reason to lean towards purchasing the 8' poles. I hope this helps, and if you do decide to choose the Sportsman IIs, meet up with another angler at the boat ramp and ask for him to deploy his Blades or Pro Series then deploy your Sportsman IIs. The difference in the amount of noise reduction with the Sportsman II Models compared Power Poles higher end models are nearly night and day my friend. I hope this helps, good luck fishing!

My Blades are extremely quiet. And fast. But....like you said....not worth the extra money at all.


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Re: Power pole blade 10’ vs pro II 8’ [Re: BrianID] #13541046 05/01/20 01:16 AM
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Third option to consider: I just added poles this year and went a different route then most. I installed 6” poles. I went this route for the following reasons. I rarely fish deeper than 5 feet. When I do start fishing deeper than 5 feet I will get a spot lock trolling motor. They deploy the fastest of all models. They sit at the same height as my outboard when on the water and are never in my girlfriends way. They fit into my garage with no issue. They cost less. And lastly I think they look much cooler than the longer models. [Linked Image]

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Originally Posted by TajChauvin
Third option to consider: I just added poles this year and went a different route then most. I installed 6” poles.


I really like the idea of them not being taller than the motor. You are really giving me something to think about that I didn't consider. I'm sure there would be situations where I wanted to anchor in deeper water. Most of the time I don't have my boat positioned in 5' of water or less.

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Third option to consider: I just added poles this year and went a different route then most. I installed 6” poles.


I really like the idea of them not being taller than the motor. You are really giving me something to think about that I didn't consider. I'm sure there would be situations where I wanted to anchor in deeper water. Most of the time I don't have my boat positioned in 5' of water or less.


Her is some research I put together. It may help you decide if you add in the 10’ blades.
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