Don’t Overdo It

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Probably the biggest mistake Upshaw sees anglers making with a push pole is using it like an oar on the side of the boat.

“They’ll put the push pole off to the side of the boat and push, but that never puts you on a straight line,” he said. “The number one thing you need to be focused on is looking around your area. If you’re focused on which way the boat is going, you’re not focused on looking.”

“That’s why you see me pushing while standing on the trolling motor a lot, because if you get up there, you have a true line of sight. Every inch higher you can get, is an advantage.”