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    I just read a review on the new Minnkota Talon. Looks like a good product. I'm thinking about getting one instead of a Powerpole. If anyone has any comments about the Talon versus the Powerpole please let me know.
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  • #2
    Since I am in the market for 1 or 2 of these things, I would appreciate comments as well. One DRAWBACK to the Talon, after watching the youtube marketing video's is that the frame stays up when deployed.. The co-angler will always have 2 high posts basically blocking roll casts and such. The powerpole doesn't have this problem.
    cheers,
    Steve

    2011/2013 St Jude's Charity Tournament Champion
    Bass East Big Bass Challenge winner of 11-12 and 12-1 hours.

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    • #3
      the power pole does not have that problem when deployed in deep water. Also there are alot of times when you wont use it and then you will be in the way, esp if you have 2. so its a balance you have to strike. i would wager that minn kota come out with a mount like a troller to hold thing thing. but it looks like it would only take 2 minutes to remove if not needed, unlike the power pole. the other factor to consider is the hydro resovior for the power pole. if it ever leakes it will be a mess, and dont forget to factor in the 30 to 40 lbs of extra weight for each pole .

      my experience with the power pole is it holds well when over a hard bottom, but if over mud the boat will slowly just drag along not holding in one postion.
      mike c

      maybe others have had better experiences with them, and good for them, me im gonna wait a touch longer before i dump 1k or more on an anchor.
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      • #4
        Good points mike. The powerpole has a soft bottom attachment so help solve that problem, but the Talon does easily disconnect from what they say, probably just remove 2 bolts on the insert plate that goes to the jackplate (plus unplug the electrical connection)...to be honest, I think they still have some problems to resolve and I wish one of them would solve them....namely easy disconnect/laydown like Mike mentions and wishful thinking, a bow mounted version
        cheers,
        Steve

        2011/2013 St Jude's Charity Tournament Champion
        Bass East Big Bass Challenge winner of 11-12 and 12-1 hours.

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        • #5
          Have y'all thought about a manual power pole. Wang makes a real nice one and it's only about $250.00. I have been on many boats fishing down south with auto power poles and they are great.And I was going to install one on my boat. But last trip south I was on a boat fishing that had a Wang anchoring pole on it and it worked great. Better than any of the auto poles and is out of the way when not in use. I'm going to install one on my boat.

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          • #6
            i made my own version of the wang power pole. it works.. but i have this issue with sitting in one location to long, in other words, i stand on my pedal at 50% and almost never stop when on the river unless its to circle back.
            mike c
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            • #7
              I watched the videos on the Talon also. I thought the same thing that the pole stays in the upright position, but after looking at it closer the pole is no higher than the actual motor. So I guess that would eliminate the issue a little.
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              • #8
                what is a wang pole? i will google it next. I have a home made cajun anchor. it's a 5/8" stl stl pole 6' long with a pointed end on one side and a hole on the other side to attach a rope. it works great in a soft bottom and you can tie it to any cleat on the boat. i have only used it in florida and on the riva when in windy conditions and had one small area i wanted to fish hard.
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                • #9
                  Careful on google searches for wang pole Bryan - might be more than you bargained for ;)

                  I struggle to consider the costs of either...

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                  • #10
                    Yes Bryan I think Striper is right. But I can tell you Wang is the way to go. Not wang pole.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Striper View Post
                      ...I struggle to consider the costs of either...
                      :Agree:

                      I like the features of both products. However, I'm not big on the remote hydraulic supply of the power pole (as Mike stated earlier). Also, with more "moving" parts, associated with the Power Pole, the chances are greater of a component failure.

                      As far as the Talon, I think Minn Kota is starting to figure out the shallow water anchor game. As stated above, the Talon is "suppose" to be, no taller, than the "Average" outboard. What's the "Average" outboard? 75, 115, 150, 225, 300? Having a boat with a smaller profile outboard, the talon (deployed or not) may propose issues for my co-angler. With the Power Pole, it is understood that it has a much larger profile when it's up in the resting position, which in turn, would cause an even larger issue for anyone attempting to utilize the rear deck.

                      As for the manual anchors. I like the concept and the price. But, trying to store an 8 foot anchoring pole on a 17 1/2 foot bass boat would cause some issues. For the guys that have the larger boats, this may not be an issue. But, for me, it would only add one more thing to trip over on my deck.

                      I believe that if I were to finally bite the bullet and get a shallow water anchoring system, it would be the Talon. Mainly for the features it offers over the Power Pole.
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                      • #12
                        I never have used one and have fished all my days without one. If I ever wanted to set in one place I do carry an anchor, but to each there own if you have the $$$ to spend for the unessasary toys then have fun with that, and seriously I hope it works for you.
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                        • #13
                          yes angrywhiteboy I can see the problem with the room issue for most boats. And that is a big deal with all the other fishing equipment in the boat. Skeet1 you have a good point too. But in alot of the water that I'm fishing in Florida you would spoock most fish throwing a anchor and diving to free about 3/4 of the ones you throw over. And using just a trolling motor would last for about 3 hours in the tides that I'm fishing. So there are fishing conditions that you need more than a trolling motor or anchor if you plan on fishing and catching fish all day long.

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                          • #14
                            Installed my Talon three weeks ago. (Nitro Z6). LOVE IT! even with one sleigh issue that came up (will explain). But first challenge was figuring out which bracket would work best. Ended up with a 9" between motor and transom. No one could recommend which bracket to get for my boat even Minn Koto. So finally had it installed. Strong bracket (don't watch the you tube of bracket flex, that bracket is no longer used). So like I said works great!! One Anna drawback is the soft bottom in the majority of the lake. even in 4" of water it will push that sucker another 4" down in the bottom!!! hence the first issue I had and new information i found out. So while in the cove over by the power plant crappie fishing with my son we had it deployed. IT GOT STUCK and could not even get it retracted with the manual operation. After a half hour of wiggling it to loosen it up up it comes with no anchor pole on it. So go back to Dukes pissed off, I call Minn Kota (awesome customer service) and they fed-ex a new pole kit (no charge) and tell me they have redesigned the grip on the pole kit which is now geared and stops the pole form loosening a key on the pole. 100% no BS customer service, lets fix you back up sir as fast as possible.
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                            • #15
                              Stick It Anchor Pins

                              There was a guy selling Stick It Anchor Pins systems at the Richmond show. I thought it was quite interesting and the system had mounting brackets for the pins.

                              http://www.shop.stickitanchorpins.com/
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