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May 18, 2013

Choosing the Right Push Pole

Pick out the push pole to match your boat and fishing style.

Other than the graphite precautions, push-pole maintenance is easy. At the end of the day, rinse it down. Next, relax the pole so it doesn't take a permanent set or bend. Keep it out of the sunlight to minimize damage from ultraviolet rays. A section of PVC pipe cut to length makes a great storage container for that purpose. When you wax the boat, add a coat to the pole too.
 
Having the right tool for the right job always makes tasks easier. The same is true with push poles. Carefully considering where and how often you'll use one assures you'll enjoy that new tool. Especially when you silently ease into casting range and hook that trophy fish.


Pole Sources

Biscayne Rod Co.
One-piece and sectional fiberglass and composite poles up to 22 feet
www.biscaynerod.com

Cabela's
High Tide composite 18-foot poles
www.cabelas.com

Carbon Marine
Mangrove and Loop carbon-fiber poles up to 26 feet
www.carbonmarine.com

Moonlighter
Fiberglass and carbon-fiber poles up to 20 feet
www.moonlighterpushpoles.com

Pole Cat Push Poles
Fiberglass and graphite poles up to 19 feet
www.polecatpushpoles.com

Skinnywater Products
Aluminum push poles up to 20 feet
www.skinnywaterproducts.com

Stiffy
Fiberglass, composite and graphite poles up to 24 feet
www.stiffypushpoles.com

Temple Fork Outfitters
Mangrove carbon-fiber poles up to 24 feet
Available through TFO dealers