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Power Pole & Yeti - I was wrong

Old 05-31-2018, 06:54 AM
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There are two boating related objects that I have always said were a waste of money and that I would never buy. Those would be a Power Pole and a Yeti bucket. Well, I was wrong.

Power Pole: I have stated on here and other forums that my stick-it pin works just as well, is lighter, cheaper, etc and that I would never buy a power pole. Well, I did buy one and used it on my last trip. While a Stick-it pin is far cheaper and of course weighs almost nothing, I am now a PP supporter. It just makes things so damn easy and I found I would actually reposition the boat when I needed to instead of saying "screw it, we're good". Plus it frees up some of rod storage.

Yeti bucket: I was at iCast last year when this thing came out I thought it was the dumbest thing of the show. We joked about it the whole time. One of my fishing buddies bought the whole Yeti "loadout" bucket package about 6 months ago and I have given him shit about it ever since. I once put chum in his bucket and he about lost his mind! I would rib him about how my real bucket from Home Depot could handle it, etc. He's been embarrassed about buying it but admits he loves it and just knows he's going to catch hell about it every time we go fishing. I would tell him he had to put a sticker over the Yeti name so no one would see it on my boat and think I bought such a thing.

I can't defend the $40 bucket as a bucket but I've come to the realization that I was looking at it wrong. It's not a $40 bucket, with all the accessories it's a $120 tackle bag that is durable, easy to clean, and easy to use. I have two Bass Pro waterproof bags that are inexpensive but sit in my garage because I don't like using them. They're fine for transporting things but finding stuff in them while on the boat is a chore so I leave things lying around the boat while fishing which is not good. I also have a $200 Orvis boat boat that is a little easier to find stuff but is already showing serious signs of use and will not last another 2 years. It is also not as easy to use as the bucket and its tool belt.

The bucket with the tray, lid, and tool belt just works for me and it's half the price of my boat bag. So I admit it, I was wrong about the bucket.

Now... has anyone put together a Walmart or generic bucket ensemble to rival the Yeti "loadout" bucket so I can continue to give my buddy a lot of shit about his?

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Old 05-31-2018, 07:25 AM
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If you like ONE power pole...you should try TWO.

I may never use my front anchor again.


Man I wish I would have invented that thing.
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Old 05-31-2018, 07:39 AM
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If you like ONE power pole...you should try TWO.

I may never use my front anchor again.


Man I wish I would have invented that thing.
What he said...then add an IPilot...NOW you found your piece of heaven!
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What he said...then add an IPilot...NOW you found your piece of heaven!
I got an iPilot with the boat and yes that's a must have too.
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Is your Dad a lot smarter now, also?
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Is your Dad a lot smarter now, also?
Your joke may have went over my head, but yes most of his advice has proven to be correct over the years. That doesn't mean I followed it.
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Question on the power pole. How is it in a hard sand bottom? I have 2 Stick It pins and in a few places the bottom is so hard I can't get them in. As the tide rises and falls does the PP auto adjust?
I have been thinking about one for some time, just can't pull the trigger. OR is the better investment a Minn Kota with spot lock?
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Question on the power pole. How is it in a hard sand bottom? I have 2 Stick It pins and in a few places the bottom is so hard I can't get them in. As the tide rises and falls does the PP auto adjust?
I have been thinking about one for some time, just can't pull the trigger. OR is the better investment a Minn Kota with spot lock?
My stick-it pin not holding in hard sand was the thing that made me decide to buy a PP. I haven't used it enough to determine all the situations it will or will not work. I'm sure it doesn't adjusts for the tides but double-click the remote and it will deploy all the way. If you notice you're moving, just hit down and it should stop you.

It did have some trouble over what I suspect were oyster beds in a very fast current but no way a pin is working there either.

I do NOT like my iPilot spot lock in shallow water! It's abrupt, loud, and doesn't work that well. It's better with the trolling motor full down in deep water like on a reef where I'm not as worried about spooking fish. From talking to others, I believe the Motorguide has a better spot lock but I haven't used one.

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Originally Posted by 2dogs1949 View Post
Question on the power pole. How is it in a hard sand bottom? I have 2 Stick It pins and in a few places the bottom is so hard I can't get them in. As the tide rises and falls does the PP auto adjust?
I have been thinking about one for some time, just can't pull the trigger. OR is the better investment a Minn Kota with spot lock?
They will penetrate an oyster reef and sand so if i were you, i would pull the trigger. Either one will be a game changer on your boat. I can honestly say that both will help you catch more fish and give the edge to the I-pilot simply because it will work in more places.
The first time i fished using an I-pilot it was in a deeper lake with a north wind blowing 15 mph. We fished the back of the boat and stayed on the fish by releasing the anchor and moving with them in a deep hole. Finished the morning with 28 trout and 5 reds, multiple boats around us caught very few fish while pulling anchor multiple times.
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You can buy a bucket tray for $8.99 and a bass pro shop skirt like the Yeti for $8.99. So all you need is the $3.00 bucket. The yeti buck as you said was $130.00.
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You can buy a bucket tray for $8.99 and a bass pro shop skirt like the Yeti for $8.99. So all you need is the $3.00 bucket. The yeti buck as you said was $130.00.
I'll look into that! I would like to hear if anyone has used these and what they thought. Of course, I'll throw away $20 today at lunch.
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I’m GONNA like a $130 bucket and it BETTER have a sticker for each window.

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Your joke may have went over my head, but yes most of his advice has proven to be correct over the years. That doesn't mean I followed it.
From Mark Twain:

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

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From Mark Twain:

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

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Originally Posted by On the Half Shell View Post
My stick-it pin not holding in hard sand was the thing that made me decide to buy a PP. I haven't used it enough to determine all the situations it will or will not work. I'm sure it doesn't adjusts for the tides but double-click the remote and it will deploy all the way. If you notice you're moving, just hit down and it should stop you.

It did have some trouble over what I suspect were oyster beds in a very fast current but no way a pin is working there either.

I do NOT like my iPilot spot lock in shallow water! It's abrupt, loud, and doesn't work that well. It's better with the trolling motor full down in deep water like on a reef where I'm not as worried about spooking fish. From talking to others, I believe the Motorguide has a better spot lock but I haven't used one.
PS I also have a pin made from a galvanized ground rod. It works better in a hard bottom but still not the answer.

Funny you mention spooking fish. I have a friend that a flats guide. He says he sees way more fish when he is polling verses the electric. He fishes a lot as shallow as 10 inches.
Another friend just bought a Minn Kota with spot lock. Ill see how he does with it. Thanks for the input.
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Wait.... aren't we still boycotting Yeti?
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Wait.... aren't we still boycotting Yeti?
that was last week.

We are all canceling our netflix now.

Keep up man!
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I've been thinking about getting that rig for albacore fishing. Seems like it would be perfect for lead, hooks, and mono in the bags and Gatorade and ice I the bucket.
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Now you just need the nav light that mounts to the powerpole.

Russell Marine Power Pole Blade Anchor Lights

No more nav light pole in the storage area.
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I’m GONNA like a $130 bucket and it BETTER have a sticker for each window.

Wait, wait, wait just a minute! Now the buckets have windows?
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