Hey everyone! It’s been some time since my last blog post due to all my recent travels. Now that the colder weather has started moving in, I’ll have some time to sit down and write.
First of all I wanted to talk about an awesome product that I’ve really put to use here recently. With the fall weather starting to move in and wind becomes more common for us here in Tennessee, boat positioning becomes a real issue sometimes. Fall can be the best time to fish offshore structure such as brush piles and rock piles. At the same time, it can be the best time to fish dirt shallow or fish massive shallow water flats. If you fish in the fall very often, you know the wind can be your best friend or your worst enemy. It seems whether you are fishing one of those shallow water flats, or one of those deeper brush piles that you have to present your lure in one specific area. Wind can cause major issues when trying to keep yourself positioned in one small 10 foot area. There is hope however for us fall fishermen. The invention of the Power-Pole shallow water anchor has changed the way we fish. You rarely see a boat without one these days. It gives you complete control of your vessel and gives you a serious advantage when fishing on very windy days. Now its easy to understand how the Power-Pole Shallow Water Anchor can be utilized in shallow water, after all that’s what it was invented for but you might be asking yourself how they will help in deeper water.
I always have people coming up to me saying “Those poles won’t do you much good on this lake” or “If you want to win this tournament you better not be shallow enough to use those poles” well I’m here to tell you, I do use my Power-Poles on deeper lakes, I’ve used them as deep as 35ft. How am I using a Shallow Water Anchor that deep? Power-Pole makes an attachment that simply installs on your Power-Poles called Drift Paddles. The Drift Paddles are exactly what they sound like they are, they are paddles that slow down your drift.
I will give you a few examples of how Power-Poles help me out in the windy season of fall. I love fishing offshore this time of the year, but wind always seems to be an issue. With the Drift Paddles attached to my Power-Poles, I can slow my boat down 50%, holding on my spot better without draining my trolling motor batteries. I also love getting on huge shallow water flats and fan casting a lipless crank bait or a buzzbait, I especially love doing this when the wind is absolutely howling! The biggest thing with this technique is to be able to cover water effectively, not just sitting in one spot for very long and not moving way to fast to correctly fan cast. You have to have a happy medium with fall fishing in the wind. Power-Pole has made my fall fishing techniques so precise that I very rarely pass up a fish on a 300 yard shallow water flat. Even if the water is 3 feet or shallower, I can partially lower my drift paddles into the water slowing my drift without completely stopping my boat. I can put the wind at my back and with the simple touch of a button, control my speed and direction. There are times that I don’t even drop my trolling motor because of the Drift Paddles. Oh, and I almost forgot, you can still use the Power-Poles as anchors when your Drift Paddles are attached. If you are fishing in a tournament and you are fishing a big windy flat and you catch your 6th fish and need to cull, simply deploy your anchors all they way, cull your fish, retie your bait, lift your Power-Poles just a little, and continue your drift right where you left off, not missing a single square foot of that flat.
This is a product that has helped me possibly more than any accessory that I have on my boat, with the Drift Paddles attached, you are one lethal predator on the water. The fish won’t even hear you coming! If you are struggling with keeping your boat positioned, it is well worth the investment. Check out www.Power-Pole.com to get yourself hooked up, and also click this link to watch my video demonstration with the Drift Paddles here – https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=710079519064785
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