Like Power-Pole’s Micro Anchor, Minn Kota’s Talon anchoring systems are self-contained electro-mechanical units that extend stake-out spikes straight down and don’t require mounting space for pumps. The housing, however, remains upright (unlike Power-Pole’s hydraulic arm, which drops to set the spike in the bottom), so anglers in the rear of the boat must mind their backcasts. Power-Poles and Talons are conveniently activated via wireless remotes or dash-mount switches. The working depth of either (Power-Pole offers 10-foot models, and Talon offers 12-foot models) and its hold on the bottom depend on wave action and bottom composition. The noise of the motors is comparable, and both brands offer the ability to compensate for the wave action and to slow the deployment for reduced noise. Boats tend to swing or pivot with a single spike system, so many guides and tournament anglers install twin Power-Poles or Talons to prevent it. But with prices ranging from $1,500 to $2,000 for top models, doubling up isn’t a viable solution for everyone.