Position vs. Propulsion

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Generally, push poles are like a ship’s thrusters; they help with precise positioning needs like inching into range of a nervous bed fish or clocking around for the optimum sun angle or simply lining up a different presentation to irritate the fish.

For bass anglers, making significant moves with a push pole is a situation-specific deal.

“The only time I would use a push pole to cover a large area would be somewhere like Florida on a grass flat,” Upshaw said. “The advantage is that when you get on a big grass flat, because that trolling motor gets super loud when you start digging in around cover and stuff.”