Poling A Skiff

Poling A Skiff

Poling A Skiff

Poling a skiff into casting range of fish in shallow water does not have to be hard. It just takes a well-designed hull, a stiff, lightweight push pole and modest sweat equity. When navigating a flat, start with the wind and sun at your back for optimum tracking and visibility. Keep splashing to a minimum. Remember, the pole has two ends""a sharp point and a spread foot. Put the point down for hard bottom, or best "foot" forward in sand or mud. Here's how to get started.Dave Lear
Poling A Skiff

Poling A Skiff

1) Straight & Narrow: To propel the boat forward, insert the pole into the water at a 45-degree angle alongside your hip until the end reaches the bottom. Push down and back. Keep "walking" hand over hand for the entire pole length.Pete Sucheski
Poling A Skiff

Poling A Skiff

2) Turn, Turn, Turn: Different pivot points are necessary to change course. To kick the bow left, for example, position the pole slightly off the port side to force the stern right. For more spin, increase the pole's angle to the boat.Pete Sucheski
Poling A Skiff

Poling A Skiff

3) Stand Tall: The pole can also be used to keep the boat stationary. To stake off in soft sand or mud, jam the point end into the bottom. Don't put too much bend in the pole or you risk breaking it. Check to make sure it's holding and then use a short lanyard to tie off to the poling platform.Pete Sucheski
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