How To Push Pole In Your Kayak Or Paddleboard (The Easy Way)

By: Tony Acevedo on June 26, 2020
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Push poling the flats is a great way to find fish, but it can be a little tricky if you’re on a kayak or paddleboard.

You don’t have the stability or space of a boat, and it can be difficult to maneuver the pole from the middle of your vessel.

However, kayaks and paddleboards are much more stealthy than a boat, which is a huge asset when you’re trying to sneak up on a fish.

In this video, you’re going to learn five tips to help make push poling a paddle craft easier.

These tips will help you:

  • Get to your rod quickly (without taking your eyes off of the fish) when you’re poling
  • Be quieter as you pole, so you can sneak up on fish better
  • Keep your kayak moving in a straight line (without zigzagging)
  • And much more

Plus, I’ll also share with you the pole that I use and like that also doubles as a stick anchor.

Check out the video below.

Tips For Push Poling In A Kayak [VIDEO]

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Before we get into the tips for how to make push poling in your kayak easy, I just wanted to share a little bit about the pole that I have (I’m not sponsored, I just like this pole and it’s very easy to use).

I have the YakAttack ParkNPole Link, which works as both a push pole and a stick anchor and can go from 8′ to 12′.

I prefer the 12′ pole because you can get a better push and cover more water.

Alright, now here are five tips to make push poling with your kayak or paddleboard easier.

Tip #1: Install a bungee cord on the front of your vessel and wear a paddle holster.

This will make it easy to quickly put up your pole and grab your rod if you see a fish.

Tip #2: Don’t bang the pole on the side of your kayak.

The noise will spook off the fish.

Tip #3: Keep the rudder locked in the straight position so you move in a straight line.

If you don’t have a rudder, you may find yourself zigzagging as you pole, so I definitely recommend getting one.

Tip #4: If the bottom is soft, pull yourself instead of pushing yourself

You can put the pole ahead of you, pull yourself forward, and then twist the pole out of the bottom if it’s getting stuck in soft mud.

Tip #5: Use both ends of the push pole.

To stay moving straight, and to make sure you don’t knock the pole into your yak or rod, use both ends of the pole to propel yourself through the water.

Conclusion

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Push poling the flats is a great way to look for fish like snook, trout, and redfish.

And although it can be a little difficult in your kayak, if you follow the tips above it will be much easier for you.

Have any questions about push poling from a paddle craft?

Or have any other tips that I missed?

Let us know in the comments below!

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J.T. Carricato
6 days ago

Thanks Tony. I never leave without my Stick it pin. Will give this a go.

Last edited 6 days ago by J.T. Carricato
Gary Rankel
7 days ago

Can’t see packing a separate push pole when my paddle serves as both a paddle and push pole.

Gary Rankel
6 days ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

I understand, Tony. Most of the lighter paddles recommended nowadays probably don’t make good push poles. I fish out of a Wavewalk Kayak using the 9 foot super sturdy Wavewalk paddle. It weighs more than most paddles, but I don’t really have a problem with that, as I can push through mud and over oyster bars with no fear of it breaking – been doing it for many years.

Art Heiter
8 days ago

Can’t help but notice overtime in your videos you’ve used a variety of finger less gloves. Care to share what you’ve come to like?

Art Heiter
6 days ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

Thanks. Am going to give the Academy pair a shot. This is an apparel item you all (SS) might consider featuring with a SS brand if you can find a product you like. Everyone could use a pair, if not two, for sun protection. Just a thought..,