Poke poles

DSRTEGL

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#21
I have also used long fiberglass poles used for off road vehicle safety flags with good success in the past...they have to be wrapped with SOMETHING to prevent the possibility of splinters though
 

DSRTEGL

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#22
Absolutely. You can be in for a nasty surprise on the water if those splinters erupt. (Been there.) I just wrap the poles in duct tape. Don't care what they look like and the grip is good. It is crucial to keep the ends clean and wirebrushed so they couple together firmly. An ounce of prevention...
I tend to cord wrap my handle areas with colorful cord and set it with dilute white glue.......let it dry really well and then wrap it with electrical tape for a good grip......in the business end I drill a hole for the wire about 6" from the top to run the wire through.....run the wire down the shaft about six inches and then I either cord wrap the tip to the end of the wire or I hold everything in place with 2-3 thicknesses of heat shrink tubing......I really need to get back into it......I have not seriously poke poled for a LONG time.....
 
#23
DSRTEGL wrote:
"......in the business end I drill a hole for the wire about 6" from the top to run the wire through..... "

If the wire running kit is stiff enough, they include a tip for pushing wire that already has a hole:
Wire Run.jpg
Could you run the wire through it, then wrap the wire around the pole, or bend it along the pole and bind it.

Steve
 

DSRTEGL

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#24
DSRTEGL wrote:
"......in the business end I drill a hole for the wire about 6" from the top to run the wire through..... "

If the wire running kit is stiff enough, they include a tip for pushing wire that already has a hole:
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Could you run the wire through it, then wrap the wire around the pole, or bend it along the pole and bind it.

Steve
NICE
 
#25
I went to Harbor Freight, to look at the Wire Running Kit. I could not open it to feel the stiffness, but the rods look about 1/8" diameter. I doubt a 10'+ length would be stiff enough to wrestle a sizable fish out of the rocks.

Steve
 

DSRTEGL

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#26
My most successful poke poling has been done with my modified 20' Shakespeare Wonder Pole or with a poke pole made from fiberglass safety flag poles.......Two 8' sections......With a home made Stainless Steel Ferrule........Glue and Pin the Stainless Steel Tubing to the butt end of the poke pole and you want to pressure fit the tip end on the poke pole in to the ferrule and then drill two holes into the tip end of the ferrule for cotter pins to hold the tip section in place.......I like a LONG ferrule.....at least 6" on either end of the joint....and I have NEVER had one break on a fish or eel.........remember that you are puling out the fish with the pole.....NEVER LIFTING IT
 
#27
Thanks DSRTEGL. Apparently, I have been visualizing it wrong. I hope to work a jetty with limited access to the lower rocks. Using traditional tackle, I have had a few hard hits right by the rocks. I thought a long poke pole would allow me to pull the fish out of the rocks, away from the jetty, a lifting motion.

Steve
 

DSRTEGL

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#28
Thanks DSRTEGL. Apparently, I have been visualizing it wrong. I hope to work a jetty with limited access to the lower rocks. Using traditional tackle, I have had a few hard hits right by the rocks. I thought a long poke pole would allow me to pull the fish out of the rocks, away from the jetty, a lifting motion.

Steve
Unfortunately ..... NO ......That action will break just about any poke pole......I would fish those areas with a rod and reel doing what I call pocket fishing......I would start with a 1/2 oz in-line sinker.....add a STRONG split ring to the bottom eyelet.....add a hook to the split ring.....I PAINT the in line sinkers I use for this technique.....Black for stained water, or fluorescent orange, red or yellow for clear water......bait the hook.....I use squid....and drop the bait into likely holes or crevices in the structure ...... Bites happen pretty fast if the fish are there

I did some research last night and there ARE some telescopic fishing poles that MIGHT handle the stresses you are talking about.......PM me and I can send you some links
 
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#29
Dude! It don't matter what the tide is, if your feet ain't wet you ain't poke polin! Oh and watch out for those (rough waves) you'll be ALL wet! Useally tho. low tide will get you out into those "deep" holes. poke polling is like being a COP! if you really want to be any good at it, you've gotta make it a spiritual calling! I guess it takes a special breed to be really sucessful!!!