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Would someone please explain to me the love affair with power poles for bass fishermen? Seems to me it has SOME value if you're sight fishing beds, otherwise its a $1000+ anchor but worst of all its in the way for the fisherman in the back of the boat if its not in its down position. I'm not saying it doesn't have any merit, that was seen in last year's Classic. It just seems like an expensive piece with limited use and a killer for the co angler in the boat trying to make a cast. Needless to say I won't be getting one.
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I am assuming you have never fished with one, but sometimes you may be trying to fish one spot but the north wind is kicking and you just can’t seem to keep the boat positioned long enough to see if you even get a bite. You won't see how valuable that overpriced anchor is until you actually fish with one
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Hey beau, I prefer the coonass power poles, a rope and a cinder block. All that stuff has its place for those who make their living with this kind of equipment, but for most, it is just an image thing. You can catch just as many fish from a bateau as a $70k bass boat. Different strokes for different folks.
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   CaptJS
Think the cost will be more like 2M plus.
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   Dr. Spot
Too expensive for me but they are nice. For now, I'll stick with my cheap Cajun anchor.
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   JB
All touring and professional fishermen excluded, I think a power pole is like someone down here with an HDS10, its a 'look at what I have' tool. I have been bass fishing my entire life and I might have needed a power pole once or twice while bass fishing. There have been several times while bream fishing and especially catfishing that I would have loved to have had one.
For people that fish saltwater, a power pole is well worth the money and pretty much a must have piece of equipment.
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   LUCKY-MAN
For $1,000 plus it's just crazy and it's only good for 7-8 ft of water no way it's justified
I was fishing outside the wreck last year and a guy with two $1,000 plus power poles came and fished the same spot I was fishing and had to pull his anchor out and use it I asked him what was wrong with those two lighting rods on the back of his boat he laughed and said that they were for fishing the shallow bays and that he used his old trusty anchor just as much as the lighting rods
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if your trying to flip tight areas it is absolutely worth it. Fishing all day in the wind and dropping and pulling up the anchor 20+ times sucks.

I dont see anything wrong with an HDS10 either. Whats expensive to you might not be to the next guy. Have you ever tried interpreting side scan on a 5 inch screen?

they are both tools to help you become a better fisherman. Now without a doubt some people get them just to fit in and show off money, but i'd put a power pole on my little aluminum rig if it wouldn't stick up so high when not in use.

Just my opinion
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If you can buy one for a thousand dollars buy it I payed 1800.00 for mine and installed it myself or it would have been over 2 thousand. Do you need one absolutely not are they nice to have absolutely. I use mine red fishing and trout fishing since I fish the interior marsh and bays the 8' works 90% of the time. I love it is it a must have of course not lot's of other anchors work fine but I will have one on my boat for sure. To be able to stop the boat with the push of a button and then start your drift again with the push of the button again priceless. But then that's just me.
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   Samarai
you could pay 1200 for the new Sportsman 2 model which would be more than sufficient for the weekend fisherman. Those things are nice.
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   JB
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Maybe I should have been clearer. It all depends on where you fish. There isn't much call for a PP if you spend all your time fishing oxbows or the Spillway (Pigeon/Sorrel/Henderson). Not much need for an HDS10 in Pigeon/Sorrel/Henderson either. Oxbows? Absolutley!

If someone can afford either and wants to put them on his boat, knock yourself out though! Don't cost me a penny...
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I dont have one,but there are a lot of times that i wish I did. I have fished with people that have them on there boats and there were a life saver especially fishing this time of a year. I would get a lot more use out of a power pole than a HDS10,but I believe even that has its time and place. I bet if your fishing deep structure all day long it would be a lot more comfortable staring at a 10in screen than a 4in screen though. I dont think any product will make you a better fisherman but it might make your day fishing a little easier.
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   CaptJS
Grew up fishing saltwater with an anchor then got into bass fishing when I moved to BR. I now fish saltwater like I did bass and love it. Saltwater fishing like you do bass is like having the best bass trip of your life there is always action. I put my trolling motor on high and make a cast to every rock, tree or grass bed. My trolling motor is a foot control and can turn on a dime while I am fighting a fish or hold me in a gale wind. If they ever get the bracket fixed on the auto pilot unit I will switch to it. If I use a hand control until I would use the power pole more. PS watched the bass classic last year on TV and did not see one pro use the power pole but they stayed on that foot control all day.
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Just fished Bassmaster Central Open in Texas and the power pole proved extremely valuable. Winds blew 20+ each day and trying to hold on a point and fish would have been impossible without power poles. The event winner, Brent Chapman, used his power pole to hold in a specific spot in a creek to catch his fish. Rules read you cannot be within a specified distance of another competitor if that competitor is anchored. Brent Chapman used that advantage to the tune of $50,000.
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   CaptJS
Is that the one that only one fish was caught Sundady in a fish off.
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   boozdaddy
i have fished with several guys that have them and it never got in the way.
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   tom1959
i just bought one to put on my 16 ft. flat
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That's a hell of an arguement there, lol. Of course, you can catch fish using a cane pole and a piece of cotton string but most people are apparently trying to 'fit in' by using those new-fangled rod and reel things. And if a power pole is in your way in the back of the boat, quit bitchin and buy your own boat where you can fish off the front. Of course, you can always just fish from the bank if you think having a boat is just some people's way of trying to fit in with the in crowd.
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I'm not sure that a high dollar bass boat owner gives much thought to the guy in the back of the boat. Kind of like thinking about a passenger on the back of the new Harley. Me personally, if I were buying a new Ranger, I'd have 2.
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