Manage the Moment

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So, you’re push poling into position, maybe making a minute adjustment, and Bam! The fish decides she’s had enough of the intruder and red lines her aggression. How do you manage the push pole and handle the rod?

“I may try to wrap my knee around the pole, or a may tuck it under my left arm, but to put it bluntly, it’s a cluster,” Upshaw said. “A fish can bite at any time and your number on priority is catching the fish. If your push poles goes in the water, then it goes in the water.

“Normally, if I’m on a big fish, I’ve already put my push pole down and I’ve dropped my Power Poles. But, given the circumstances, I’ll just drop it in the water. That’s just part of it.