Do you love big bluegill?
Long ago, before Katrina swept all my stuff away, I bought a Master Crappie Grabber telescopic pole.
I admit I wasnt much into sacalait, and so I only jigged for brim and sometimes for bass.
A few months ago, the bass were biting but were small, same with brim, so I pulled the sacalait pole out and tied on a white an blue tube jig. The pole is very sensitive, and i could tell a goggle-eye from a sacalait. I began to catch a lot of sacalait.
One day, I had something hooked, i think a tchoupique, and it was a little too big for the jig pole, and it ran and wrapped the jig around something, I pulled, thinking it was lifting but it cracked the pole in half. I could see the jig on a stump, and i knew then that I goofed.
Well, I went through TWO BnM poles, one Uncle Bucks, and none of them had the sensitivity as the Master Crappie Grabber 3910 model.
I got two of them in the mail yesterday. Got them from glockworld.com
Does anyone else use a similar pole with just one eye on the end>?
They are a little cumbersome in a boat, especially if there is another person or you have to move the boat around. And dont try the really long ones on small, wooded streams.
How do those guys not get a huge tangled mess of lines with 8-10 out of the boat?
Yeah, Doug's right. My son-in-law is into that kind of fishing. I admit I was thinking of a fishing boat, not the whaling factory, crappie hauling barges you see on the big lake tournaments.
Most of us here at BBG, myself included, arent really "stomp em and boat em" tourney fishermen. We dont mind catching a mess, of course. But the whole notion of fishing on an industrialized scale, dozens of poles pounding the fish into submission, well... that isn't really where most of us are coming from.
In a real-world fishing boat, the kind manned by a single fisherman and maybe his buddy, more than a couple of long poles per man can get you all sorts of trouble. Everything from a tip in the eye to a fish in the face is possible in such close quarters.
But you know - I love em anyway!
I think you are right on. But- don't dismiss these long poles for the boat. When handled properly and with a boat partner who likes you, you should be fine. Where you will have problems is if you leave the poles extended and you boat around or dock. Also, if you are anchored you need two anchors so both of you are fishing the same structure/direction. If the boat is swinging about- then that will wreck your presentation.
The majority of pole fishing is done straight in front of the angler (casts behind). If you are facing the same direction - you can fish 20 foot poles easily.
I personally only fish with 1 pole / 1 hook at a time. Fishing with more I have found slows me down when I have drawn a school of fish and made them active. No human could fish 2 poles faster - maybe a Kraken or octopus could fish faster with multiple poles.
I was mostly joking, Johnny - you know my cracked sense of humor. I also took the chance to poke fun at our American style of tournament fishing, which I find distasteful.
Of course one can fish the longer poles from a small boat. It may take little practice, figuring out who does what, when. But your tips are spot on and will go a long way to helping.
That is how I caught these - a pole with one eye at the end is the most deadly bluegill and panfish device in the many of situations.
Most of the poles are fiberglass and cheap- but still a good option. The good ones have some percentage of graphite which makes them more sensitive with faster action.
While each pole has its own rating or line that it can handle, I recommend that your leader be thin enough to break off when you come into a big fish or stump. Since I only use 2 lb. leader, this prevents the pole from breaking. If you run into bigger fish and are snapping off- you can then have another rig on a stronger pole (or rod & reel) so that you can take that fish down.
Once the big fish is landed, you can then return to your lighter rig.