It is not hard these days to find a used power pole for sale, and sports fishers will be happy to know that the internet has many in classified ad postings. This fairly recent innovation developed to ‘catch more fish’ is still being refined and perfected, and some of those who have earlier models are turning to the more recent designs. The ones being replaced end up as bargains online.
Power poles, also called shallow water anchors or dig in anchors, have nothing to do with utilities. Rather, they are hydraulically driven posts which are mounted on the outside of a fishing boat. When extended to the bottom of a lake, shore, or river, they keep boats in place, with bow to the wind or the current and no need to keep the engine running. The units range from four-foot models to poles six, eight, or twelve feet long.
Being mounted on the outside of the boat just above the waterline, the devices avoid some problems of using an anchor that is tossed overboard. With nothing to manually throw out and bring in, there are no coils of rope to foul and no bottom-dragging anchor to bring water, mud, sand, or subsurface weed aboard.
One or more electric switches installed in the boat make it quick and easy to drop the pole or raise it, without having to have one or both hands free to handle a traditional anchor. Some models work off a remote control, which can be activated from anywhere in the boat. Designed for boats up to 23 feet long and up to 4500 pounds, these devices make it easy to concentrate on stalking and catching fish.
The whole idea is that once the boat is maneuvered into position, it can be held there by the pole, which can be lowered in seconds with little noise or disturbance of the water which scares away the prey. It is just as quick to raise the anchor when the fish move on and the boat needs to quietly follow.
Developed by a computer guy with mechanical engineering skills in the late 1990s, this concept has not been around very long. New advances are being made on the original designs, which work far better than trying to either stay in position by running the engine or by using a regular bottom-dragging anchor. Used models may not have all the new decorative colors or may weigh a little more, but all are pretty easy to install and operate.
Checking the online classifieds for a used power pole can bring one of these sought-after devices into the affordable range of most dedicated sportsmen who prowl the flats and shallows. Easy to install and easy to operate, some models even have lifetime warranties. This will not apply to a second-hand unit, but it will show that such a device is well-constructed.
If $1,600 for a POWER POLE ANCHOR seems expensive then take a look at a Less Expensive alternative. Check out Dig In SHALLOW WATER ANCHORS or Check Watch this Cool Video demonstration.