Fishing season is flying by and lately I've noticed the shallow bite as good as it's been all year. I haven't been hitting the local trails hard, but that doesn't mean I'm not on the water. I have fished a couple inland tourneys and a few on Lake St. Clair but aside from those, I've been around central/northern Michigan just doing a lot of fun fishing. I love to fish shallow and lately I've been boating a lot of quality fish.
Back when I bought my Ranger bass boat, it was pretty much just a boat and motor. The first year I owned it, I took a lot of time to install equipment and electronics that i felt were necessary to my success on the water. Throughout that time, I saw a lot of Facebook chatter and other internet stuff about power-poles. Are the worth it? Are they just there for looks? "All they're for is holding your boat at the launch when you park your truck." These are the questions I was asked, and some quotes I've heard over and over. I can assure you that, one, they are worth it, two, they are there for more than looks, and lastly, a rope works for holding your boat at the launch, no need to spend 4 grand for something that only does that.
The last inland lake tournament I fished was on a lake that I think I know fairly well and have had a lot of success fishing shallow. Docks have always produced as well as some matted grass and froggy type stuff. On this particular day though, the docks produced and their were also a lot of hungry fish cruising shallow. I honestly don't think I would have caught half the keepers that I did without power poles. How many times have you been going along some shallow stuff only to see a nice fish cruising and tried to stop your boat, but end up blowing sand, gravel, or weeds into the fishes face trying to whip your trolling motor into reverse? If you've fished shallow, this has happened to you.
Another time I use my power poles is to line myself up to a dock to make a perfect cast. When dock fishing, a lot of the space between docks is unproductive. With the power poles I can keep my trolling motor on a higher speed, get the the next dock and stop on a dime, effortlessly. This is especially helpful when there is some wind. You will never worry about blowing into the targets you are fishing.
Power pole also has attachments for the guys that like to fish deep, especially on big water. The drift paddles are something I plan to add to my boat soon. They will be a great help for fishing Lake St. Clair. I will be able to slow my drift and cover each pass more thoroughly.
Speaking of Lake St. Clair, The BASS Nation State Championship is this weekend. I won this event two years ago at the same venue and this year it is pumping out some incredible bags. I fished a partner event last weekend and weighed in 20-12 and didn't crack the top 5. I will be competing again as a boater against the top boaters from any qualifying Michigan bass club and I expect the competition this year to be fierce. I missed last years event because I was in New York fishing a BASS open on Oneida. Although I don't feel AS dialed in as I was two years ago, I hope to have at least a top 10 finish because the qualifying divisional is on Kentucky Lake in April of 2017. Kentucky Lake during that time of year is a lake I can fish my strengths on. The BASS Nation is a great route for anglers to take to try and earn a spot in the BASSmaster Classic. The two-day state championship starts Friday, August 11th. Stay tuned to the site for a results blog shortly after the event.
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