BassWestUSA - March/April, 2011, Page 66

By Bill Siemantel

Sometimes I wish writing articles was like shing in that I could keep a reader on the line long enough to read all the way through to the end. Don’t worry, I’ll release you. It would be too easy for you to skip past this page, feel- ing it doesn’t apply to you. Buddy, it does. Well the best way I can start is from the beginning, and I hope you’ll stick with me through to the end. The beginning for me was the early days of walking the shores of Castaic Lake, California or spending hours upon hours of barely being able to look over the bow of my Dad’s 14’ Velco aluminum boat. And in the beginning there was the bank, no not Wells Fargo, but the bank. This is the place where the water meets the dirt and it is where the concepts of the BBZ (Big Bass Zone) were nurtured. The foundation of working a lure (tool) uphill to create a funnel was born on the bank. What does this have to do with Power-Poles you ask? It has every- thing to do with them. You see, there once was a time in the early days of everyone’s sh- ing when some of the most pro- ductive days on the water were to walk down to your favor- ite spot or run your boat up on a bank of your favorite lake, stream, or reser- voir. Did it mat- ter if the lake was 80’ deep or 8’? Nope! You



found a spot that looked good, beached your boat or planted your feet and started shing. You did not have to multitask and you just shed. Power-Poles bring you right back to those days by planting you in a good spot where there’s nothing else to do other than just shing. Today you nd yourself buying a nice Basscat with all the bells and whistles; 109 pound thrust trolling motor, Lowrance HD 10, 250hp Evinrude, and every top of the line rod and reel combo known to man. Yes, this is a good thing and no doubt where the saying “Boys and their Toys” applies. The reality of it is though, it doesn’t mean much if you can- not put your equipment to proper use. Here is a little picture that you need to paint in your head. The tournament wining sh are feeding off a main lake point in 20 feet of water. The wind is blowing at a nice clip of 20 mph. You nally get bit after ghting the trolling motor in 3 foot waves while trying to keep from getting cracked up on a rock reef. You put your rst sh of the day in the boat. Now after drifting down the bank, putting the sh in the livewell, retying your line, using the trolling motor to ght the wind back up to your spot (wait, this is only if another tournament boat doesn’t hole-jump you because now you’ve been blown 70 yards down the bank) just to nd out that you lost your momentum and the bite has already stopped. Your problem in one word is “MULTI- TASKING.” Your solution in simple words is “Power-Poles.” Yes these simple but power- ful tools can end hours of unwanted moves and help you focus on the task at hand. Sounds simple and if you live in areas like Lake Okeechobee or run the ats of the Louisiana Delta you may be saying, “Duh, tell me something I don’t know already.” My problem (I should say your prob- lem) is trying to educate the average ranks of bass boat anglers that they are missing out on a piece of equipment that ranks up there with some of the most im- portant thing you will need on any type of shing vessel. Yes, you need a hull, motor, trolling motor and graphs. Power-Poles



March/April 2011