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Mr Crappie 9 Foot Telescopic Pole 2 Replies

Started by Joe Angelucci. Last reply by Joe Angelucci May 2, 2016.

Mr Crappie 9 Foot Telescopic Pole 1 Reply

Started by Joe Angelucci. Last reply by David, aka, "McScruff" May 1, 2016.

Cane Pole Storage Compartment 3 Replies

Started by Keith Ritter. Last reply by Keith Ritter Aug 16, 2015.

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Comment by Rob Hilton on February 6, 2018 at 1:55pm

Hi Folks...

How strong are these 16 foot cane poles, they seem awfully flimsy. Is it necessary to wrap the line around the pole from butt to tip.

I have seen some videos where guys just run the line through the tip and use their left hand (if they are right handed) to control the line. 

I'm curious as to how you guys/gals set uppoles and what experiences  you have had with various techniques.

If you are Dapping in heavy cover are these graphite poles strong enough to lift fish out?

Thank you for any advice.

Comment by John Sheehan on August 3, 2016 at 9:23am

Do they make Mosquito hooks with as thin a gauge as Aberdeens?

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on June 1, 2016 at 9:13pm
Almost like a light wire Siwash
Comment by Joe Angelucci on June 1, 2016 at 7:33pm


Owner Mosquito hooks are great for panfish. I use sizes 10-12-14 . The hooks are single wire and  are circle like. I find most hooks sets are in the corner of the mouth or in the nose. They run about 12 for $2.59 

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on May 31, 2016 at 5:56pm
Mosquito hook?
Comment by Joe Angelucci on May 31, 2016 at 5:04pm

Used dollar store hot dogs last Friday for Bluegill. Stopped counting at 50+ in 2 hours. Was using a 270 cm ( about 9 feet) Shimotsuke Kosasa telescopic rod , 2# test, no float or line indicator and an Owner #10 Mosquito hook. Most fish were in the 5-8 inch range. Just an amazing day. JDA

Comment by Brandon Sigurdson on April 12, 2015 at 8:11pm

Hey everyone I just got a 16 foot telescoping wonderpole! I dont have any prior experience with a cane pole. Ive heard different ways on how to tie the line to it. Could you guys give me some suggestions? thanks! 

Comment by Johnny wilkins on September 23, 2014 at 11:27am

Deep-hooked bluegills can be saved using this tool - it is the best method short of cutting your line immediately (which I recommend to save trophy gills if you have any trouble - cut the line!) Fish Saver Hook Remover

I use this when fishing the cane pole and when casting. It is made of nylon so it won't damage fine leader line - won't bend then hook either!

Simple to use - just remember:

  1. #1 keep your line tight! Very important Use the bend of your cane pole or rod to keep tension on the line
  2. Slip notch onto line (some people wrap line around 1 time here)
  3. Slide tool down to hook
  4. Bump + 1/2 turn

That's it. Works on most hooks sizes 8 - 16.

This is the tool that they stopped making and it is one of a few things I can not leave the house without. Rescues 99% + deep-hooked fish. The tiny silver dollar-sized fish are tough to save, this accounts for some mortality as these tiny fish go into shock much easier and have smaller gills, mouths etc. more apt to be mortally wounded.

Comment by Johnny wilkins on September 23, 2014 at 11:20am

You are right - most of the time that line on these plastic float rigs is useless- stiff, crimped and has sat on the winder so long it won't straighten out. The line is cheap quality boat rope - very thick. Many items from China are seconds which we find on Ebay - there is a reason they are so cheap, seams, paint, poor design and bad.

The floats I see made on here are much, much better from our members such as the awesome quills and cobb floats - these are functional and not plastic. Plastic is heavy and communicates poorly - is hard to pull under by the fish - clunky. Line markers vs. these plastic floats- big advantage line markers. In many situations, the proper float can not be matched by anything for presenting the bait to the fish in varied wind conditions, depths and distance from shore.

This weekend was a cold-front bite at a new lake for me. When I [ plumbed it up ] - pole anglers you should know this term - I found a small man-made cut just outside of pole range. Where my kids were going to fish, it was only 9" deep. Curtains in the cold.

With the wind, my 14' poles wouldn't reach that drop-off. I am almost positive the fish would not pass this point in numbers, this extra foot of water would hold many fish. Unfortunately, the mom who picked the spot was telling me where we should hold the event.

I did what I could with 9" of water following 2 days of cold and rain. Sometimes, people don't listen to facts and knowledge. We as humans tend to know -it. When we do, we miss out. Simple. She missed out on 250 fish for her kids. Even i still listen to what the fish tell me. I said there was a lake a mile away which I knew the area- she knew differently. It is good to try and think outside of your box - many times. Your knowledge can box you into a coffin, it can help you miss a lot.

I just have to finish what I started - I am very near completion but I have worked for 5 years now on the perfect gear for all fisherman but especially for panfish / bluegill anglers - it is my favorite fishing, catching 50 - 450 of these on a Saturday can't be beaten by much else. I have some tools, some floats and soon some rigs and definitely the best selection of hooks and leaders available. 

As for the deep hook - I can get a hook out of the outhouse the gill just used if you know what I mean. A company stopped selling the good hook removers so I worked to find these also and get them back on the market. The iron hook remover was around in the 1870's - made by Pflueger - it doesn't float and it is really heavy.

Essentially - our tackle is bad because of the popularity of bass fishing. Nothing else matters to these tackle manufacturers. I went to look for the telescopic pole a member posted on here and it appears there are only 2 left in North America? This really gets my blood boiling. 

Well - I close by saying - anyone in the cane pole area- you are doing it right. You are outside the box and enjoying the direct connection to the fish you catch. You are a quick-strike predator. With your gear you are a top bluegill angler. This is the method which I used to catch 2,011 fish in one day and is also the method used for the current world record - a pole, a line, a float a hook. Action jackson!

Comment by Charles ( wolf ) Gibson on September 23, 2014 at 8:24am
Hey everyone just got my new phone now I can get back on here been reading posts sounds like yall are having some fun the hook line bobber set ups yall been talking about I have been using for years most do good if you are using them for pan fish or its good to keep in your pocket so if u run up on a small pond it's a good finger rig and them telescopic poles are awesome I have had a few in my day and just got a new 16.5 crappie pole is what they call it at bass pro shop but works real good on gills and I can hit holes in the pads I couldn't reach with my 13 ft pole I plan on going to get some gills this afternoon I will post the pics if I get any

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