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POWER OF THE POLE!

There are usually one or two new items my new Skeeters are equipped with every season. One year it was the lift assist in my Minn Kota trolling motor. Not exciting, but now I can’t imagine how I ever did without. Then it was the padded front deck. After a long season, my knees say thanks!  The long anticipated permanent move to a 4-stroke outboard with the SHO from Yamaha was well worth the wait. Side imagining from Humminbird was breathtaking…seeing sunken barges, trees, rock piles…fishy cover! The upgrade to DEKA AGM batteries keeps me on the water all day with my 36-volt motor and lasts all day running my accessories.  But there was one option I passed on for a few years, the trendy power anchor called the Power Pole.

I like to brag that I am in great shape, can stand on the trolling motor all day and not use a butt seat. Why on earth would a pole anchor ever be of use? After all, those are for flats fishing and for older guys who need to stop every once in a while. At that, it was for the sight fishermen…and on the Potomac not much of that taking place on the river’s muddy spring waters.  But two years ago, while guiding with fellow Captain John Sisson, I finally took note. We were fishing in the wind. John’s group would catch a fish and then another. We would get one, stop to take it off, take a quick photo and then begin the long trek into the wind to get back to the spot! John never moved! His Power Poles kept him on the fish.

As the spring winds subsided, I lost interest in the new piece of gear and skipped it on my 2011 boat. During the 2011 FLW Potomac River Tour Open at National Harbor, it was obvious all of the pros had not one, but two of these appendages bolted to the back of their boat. I asked the Chevy pro team at their booth about them and they told me they are the real deal. They pointed out a major skeptic, Kellogg’s pro Dave Lefebre who was flat out resistant to the idea that he “needed” them. So, I jumped on the Pennsylvania pros boat and we took off to fish a bit. Before I could get to the topic of his dual Power Poles, I had a fish blow up and miss my swim jig. Down went the Power Poles and we even backed up a bit. I was able to make the exact same cast that produced the strike and bingo!  I got him. Dave and I picked up 4 more on this single stop on a long grass bed. Now we were talking.

It was more than seeing and believing after fishing with Lefebre. He had shared his original skepticism but now considers the Power Poles to be a valuable tool for sight fishing and beyond. This was the case as we fished a long grassbed edge with not much significant difference, using Power Poles to keep us on good-looking spots. At the end of the day, we pulled into a very crowded ramp and there was nowhere to tie up. As I expected to sit and wait, Dave’s Power Poles presented another idea. He nosed into a small section of the dock,

dropped his Power Poles and there we were, a step away from the dock and a step ahead of others waiting for enough room to tie up aside the dock.  Nice!

At the same tournament, another pro was putting his Power Poles to work!  This time it was Vic Vatalaro. Vatalaro was fishing a stretch of grass with nearly 30 other competitors. Most of the others were meandering through the grass, casting and pitching for fish hiding below the dense grass. Not Vatalaro!  His Power Poles down, trolling motor up and his electronics off allowed him personal space to spend his 8 hours!  Interesting at first, but as a press observer, I noticed that the others moving about were actually herding bass into the “quiet” zone created by Vatalaro who was staying put while being completely silent without transducer ping, ping ping and propeller noise. His small area became a sanctuary for the big bass. This strategy worked as he jumped into a Day one lead with the largest limit of the tournament.

Now noticing every pro had two power anchors, I started to ask around. All of the pros were using the Power Pole brand and their boats sported two of them. Two keep boats steady without any rotation as one might allow. These pros had found fishing scenarios that could be created by the use of Power Poles. In a sight fishing situation where wind has chopped up the water obscuring fish on beds, pros place their boats upwind from the fish and break the wind, creating a slick surface providing a very clear approach.

All in all, the possibilities are endless as these anchors can be deployed remotely or with foot pedals on the front deck. As for other features, check out the power-pole.com site for details. I even installed them myself. The brackets bolt to existing holes on my Skeeter jackplate. The pumps mount to the shelf that used to be for the 2-stroke oil tank. Hoses self clamp and wiring is remote. Just drill 4 small holes insert grommets then hoses, fill reservoir, attach power to battery and that’s it! My my 2012 Skeeter had two Power Pole Blades and my 2013 Skeeter will be equipped with them too!

Dropping Power Poles next to docks or cover, stopping in the wind. instant braking to hit a spot without having to use the trolling motor to stop, docking, launching, using a plug knocker and you'll find other ways. I can't believe I have been fishing without them!#


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