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Can't afford a Talon or Power Pole for several years, and have been looking around at various fiberglass poles with dedicated mounting brackets or cleat tie-off systems. They are essentially just a long pole (up to 12feet, but most are 8 or 10) that you jam into the bottom and tie your boat off to in one manner or another.  The price is usually between $50 and $100 and they sound like a viable alternative to the Power Poles et al.  I can envision instances where they might be somewhat frustrating to use. 

Anyone have any experience with these things?

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I have experience with them, but via kayak.

I use a Stick-It Anchor Pin at 7'.

They make longer ones, and they are the
same material a Power Pole is made from.

There are models which float if dropped, such
as YakAttack's Park-n-Pole, up to 8'.

The other option is to DIY using a golf ball 
retriever. They are telescopic and go as long
as 15' and more.

Here's a video for that.

 

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Nice, dunno if it will hold my boat, but can't hurt to try.

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1 minute ago, Avalonjohn44 said:

Nice, dunno if it will hold my boat, but can't hurt to try.

What are you running? Jon boat, or bigger bass boat?

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I have actually been thinking of picking one of these 9' Superstick Shallow Water Anchor Pin Kit up myself. I have no clue if it will hold much but I have seen some youtube videos of some using the same 3/4" fiberglass rods with pretty good winds and they are bowed but still holding. Just reading the notes it says 

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NOTE: 9' model- This is the 3/4" diameter model. It's suitable for flats boats and bay boats up to 22 feet. 7' model- This is the smaller 5/8" diameter model. It's suitable for kayaks and boats smaller than 17 feet. The t-handle is removable (via the stainless screw) and the anchor pin can be permanently cut to a customized, fixed length.

My boat is only 18' and I don't usually make it a habit to be out on windy days anyway. But I have a lot of places I sure wouldn't have minded being able to tie off for a bit. Just haven't decided if its worth the $ or better yet if I want to give up the $ lol

I was looking at going this route but the basspro one is just much simpler to get and I like the 9' vs the 8' single piece. 

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1 hour ago, Darren. said:

What are you running? Jon boat, or bigger bass boat?

Tracker 190tx aluminum.  I think it will work, and for around $75, it's worth a shot.  If it doesn't work, I can return it or sell it on ebay.

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Some people call em Marsh Anchors or Cajun Anchors

Cajun's call em Throw Down Poles!

You can drill a hole & attach a shackle.

Or weld a nut on top

Tie one end of the rope to the pole the other to your boat, when you wanna anchor simply throw it down kinda hard & you're anchored!

It is a simple but effective way to anchor in shallow water that has moderately soft bottoms. They are cheap & easy to build from scratch.

I've made them from everything from rebar, aluminum, grounding rods, & stainless steel. The rod should be 5/8-3/4" & length is determined by boat size but usually 4'.

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There are a handful of anchors out there falling into this category, and of course building your own is always an option.  If you want anything more than a one piece anchor though, the savings for building your own may not be worth it over the purchased units with included warranty.

 

For two piece poles, I really like these:  http://www.alienlabsusa.com/product/bottom-buster-shallow-water-anchor-system/

 

If you just need a one piece anchor, you can probably build something for fairly cheap.

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Dig In Shallow water anchors are probably one of the best and most expensive

 http://dig-in-anchors.com/

Another one I am looking at is a http://www.shallowwateranchors.net/

Here is one I really like it mounts to your trolling motor

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=crmas&p=Evo+shallow+water+anchor%3F#id=4&vid=b6e29c0317dff0b5191f0c9b8e8dc16d&action=click  this is from Venom Lures

If you look at Max Gain they make the raw fiberglass poles that lots of other companies sell.  I have a genuine Dig In pole but it is 12 feet long. I used Max Gains center joint pieces. Now I have a two piece pole cue style pole that breaks down and stores in my rod box. If you do this you must either rope tie to your pole or be sure your mount has the ability to allow the joint to pass through the pipe on your mount.  Many do or you have a custom one made.

 https://www.mgs4u.com/shallow-water-boat-anchors.htm  

I believe I am going to have a mount made for the rear and add the EVo or Venom unit to my trolling motor.

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I purchased a 10' rod with a nifty, rubber coated bracket that slips over the cleat on the gunnel.  From what I've seen on the pertinent videos, it's going to work great.  However,  I tried on my Tracker Proteam 175 this past weekend with no success.  A couple of factors came into play, I think. The bottom was hard and I couldn't seem to penetrate more than a foot or so.  Also, when I got to thinking about the definition of shallow water, I wasn't thinking in terms of 5' or less.  Long story short, you need to be able to drive the anchor in a good 4' or so to stay put and not have the anchor pull out. 

I've included pictures of the bracket and the rod on the boat.

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We anchor our boat to prevent it from drifting in the wind or current....RIGHT?

I confess to employing a 12-ft Minn Kota Talon, BUT, the closer to nature the greater my respect.

Accordingly, I'm an ostensible fan of the "Throw-down pole" as Catt refers to them,

because the ends justifies the means.     Go For It    :) 

 

Roger

 

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I mounted two 1" fiberglass poles on my 22' pontoon. I use it for cat fishing. Works for winds up to 20mph, but I wouldn't want to use it if I was moving around a lot. 

 

Another point you might consider is the lake bottom. Some bottoms are too hard while others are too soft

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I use an 8lb mushroom anchor with 25' of rope tied on. In high wind conditions it really slows down the drift.

 

Mushroom anchor = the original power pole!

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I have the dig in anchor with the motor mount on a 17ft Lund Deep V and it works great

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I had one and they do work. just a pain to leave the tm to go to the back and deploy it. not bad if your going to stay in one spot for awhile. ordered a 10' Talon on my new boat. much easier pushing a button.

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Anchor pins are so much easier than actual anchors in slop and mud.

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27 minutes ago, J Francho said:

Anchor pins are so much easier than actual anchors in slop and mud.

 

No question about it. Spot-on.

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On 1/31/2017 at 7:59 AM, J Francho said:

Anchor pins are so much easier than actual anchors in slop and mud.

 

But not as universally applicable.

 

oe

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Applicable to what?

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15 minutes ago, OkobojiEagle said:

 

But not as universally applicable.

 

oe

Isn't that why he specified in slop and mud? 

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56 minutes ago, J Francho said:

Applicable to what?

 

anchoring... including increasing depths over varying consistencies of slop and mud bottoms.

 

oe

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Pretty sure we're talking about anchoring shallow, seeing as the title of the thread is "Push In Shallow Water Anchors."

Let's stay on topic, please.

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2 minutes ago, OkobojiEagle said:

 

anchoring... including increasing depths over varying consistencies of slop and mud bottoms.

 

oe

 

Yes, an anchor would be better in deeper waters, but

the OP was talking shallow water, so I think @J Francho

is spot-on.

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