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Old 03-14-2018, 02:54 PM   #1
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Iíve got a new boat on the way, and I have pretty much made up my mind to go with the 10í blade. I fish the coast often but also fish Conroe/Rayburn/Toledo equally as much. Last couple times out on Galveston Bay we have wished we had 10í (currently have a single 8).

Reason for the post is I want to know if anyone out there has 10ís and regrets it? Anyone feel like they get in the way when not deployed? Iíve heard they rattle some in rough water; has this been significant to you?

Door height is not a concern.

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Old 03-14-2018, 02:57 PM   #2
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Old 03-14-2018, 03:05 PM   #3
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I have a 10' blade on my center console and I am glad I picked it over the 8'
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Old 03-14-2018, 03:12 PM   #4
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the 10's are overly flexible. the best thing I did was put an ipilot on the boat. I can "power pole" in 250 feet of water off shore with it, holding in one place.
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Iíve got a new boat on the way, and I have pretty much made up my mind to go with the 10í blade. I fish the coast often but also fish Conroe/Rayburn/Toledo equally as much. Last couple times out on Galveston Bay we have wished we had 10í (currently have a single 8).

Reason for the post is I want to know if anyone out there has 10ís and regrets it? Anyone feel like they get in the way when not deployed? Iíve heard they rattle some in rough water; has this been significant to you?

Door height is not a concern.

Thanks in advance.

Go with the longer power pole and dont look back...You will not regret having the extra 2 foot option when anchoring
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:07 PM   #6
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I have a talon 8, but I fish ulm exclusively. If.I fished.anywhere.else.id.get a 10
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:26 PM   #7
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I have an 8' and have never wished I had 2 more foot of Power Pole lol. No need for me to use it in that depth of water in the bays I fish.

But if you have a need for it go for it.
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:34 PM   #8
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I have an 8 power pole. 60% of my fishing is shallow enough for that. The rest a 10 wouldn't reach and I roll the ipilot


Seems I heard talon was offering a 15 now?

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Old 03-14-2018, 04:42 PM   #9
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I have an 8 power pole. 60% of my fishing is shallow enough for that. The rest a 10 wouldn't reach and I roll the ipilot


Seems I heard talon was offering a 15 now?

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This...there were times I used to wish I had the 10's but after getting the Ultrex w/I-pilot if the 8 won't reach I just hit spot lock.
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:56 PM   #10
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the 10's are overly flexible. the best thing I did was put an ipilot on the boat. I can "power pole" in 250 feet of water off shore with it, holding in one place.
Do you have the 2nd gen? In my experience with the 1st gen model I have not been impressed, but Iíve heard the new models are much improved.
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Old 03-14-2018, 05:06 PM   #11
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8ft. on my boat!!!
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Old 03-14-2018, 05:56 PM   #12
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Do you have the 2nd gen? In my experience with the 1st gen model I have not been impressed, but Iíve heard the new models are much improved.
no, I've always used the 8 foot blades on my boats. I have fished with other people that use the 10's, and most went back to the 8's. I have never used a gen 2 though in all fairness.
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Old 03-14-2018, 06:09 PM   #13
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I guess it really depends on how deep you fish and how rough it is. I have a 8 ft and like it. If you wade fish alot I can't see buying the 10 ft . As said in this post spot lock is awesome
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:08 PM   #14
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Go with the longer power pole and dont look back...You will not regret having the extra 2 foot option when anchoring
I hear those talons get frozen in place and malfunction if you don't use them enough.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:13 PM   #15
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I hear those talons get frozen in place and malfunction if you don't use them enough.
Ive been running mine for 5 years and replaced the clutch once before I figured out that you can tighten it. Ive had it all apart and dont see any way it can get stuck. The reason I chose the talon is my boat has no compartments for the hydraulic pump on a power pole.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:18 PM   #16
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Go with the 10's
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:30 PM   #17
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You can deploy a 10’ blade in 7’ of water but you can’t deploy an 8 footer in 9 feet of water! I have a 10’ blade and I often wish I had 2 of them, I often wish I had a Ultrex...but I have NEVER wished my power pole was only 8 feet.
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Old 03-14-2018, 08:58 PM   #18
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You can deploy a 10í blade in 7í of water but you canít deploy an 8 footer in 9 feet of water! I have a 10í blade and I often wish I had 2 of them, I often wish I had a Ultrex...but I have NEVER wished my power pole was only 8 feet.
You make a good point!
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Old 03-14-2018, 09:01 PM   #19
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10 no doubt. Went with it and itís nice. Surprised how often Iím in 10í4Ē water or less and Iím
Thankful I have the 10í.


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Old 03-14-2018, 09:57 PM   #20
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Go with the 10. I have a 10 and the iPilot, and the iPilot does NOT replace the extra length on the PP. On the upper coast, there's lots of 6-8 ft water. You'd think an 8' pole would hold in that, but when you add a little wind and soft muddy bottom that 8' pole won't hold you. Sometimes the 10' pole won't hold you either but usually it will grab.

The iPilot is really nice and we use it a lot on jetties and in channels. But, it doesn't hold as securely as the pole, isn't as quiet as the pole, and allows the boat to swing around quite a bit as it depositions (hate the iPilot in light and variable winds when trying to hold on something specific). Plus, with the iPilot on you end up having to fish from the back of the boat. With the pole down my partner and I can fish on the bow throwing down wind.

Oh, the extra 2 ft is not noticeable in the back and I have zero rattle.
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:55 PM   #21
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If they are tight like the are supposed to be they will not rattle. The only issue with our 10 footers is when we are fishing in brush and trees, not terrible but gotta be careful! Like a 16í bumper pull and a 26í gooseneck, gotta swing a bit wider!


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Old 03-15-2018, 01:13 AM   #22
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Why would you ever settle for an eight over a 10........
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Old 03-15-2018, 01:32 AM   #23
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Go with the 10 and sell me your 8


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Old 03-15-2018, 06:32 AM   #24
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You can deploy a 10í blade in 7í of water but you canít deploy an 8 footer in 9 feet of water! I have a 10í blade and I often wish I had 2 of them, I often wish I had a Ultrex...but I have NEVER wished my power pole was only 8 feet.
No man has ever said, I wish I had a smaller power pole
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Old 03-15-2018, 06:47 AM   #25
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Go with the 10. I have a 10 and the iPilot, and the iPilot does NOT replace the extra length on the PP. On the upper coast, there's lots of 6-8 ft water. You'd think an 8' pole would hold in that, but when you add a little wind and soft muddy bottom that 8' pole won't hold you. Sometimes the 10' pole won't hold you either but usually it will grab.

The iPilot is really nice and we use it a lot on jetties and in channels. But, it doesn't hold as securely as the pole, isn't as quiet as the pole, and allows the boat to swing around quite a bit as it depositions (hate the iPilot in light and variable winds when trying to hold on something specific). Plus, with the iPilot on you end up having to fish from the back of the boat. With the pole down my partner and I can fish on the bow throwing down wind.

Oh, the extra 2 ft is not noticeable in the back and I have zero rattle.
So it sounds like you only drift fish because when I use my spot lock it turns into the wind or current. I usually do not go over my fish and fish out of the back of the boat hell I'm confused
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Old 03-15-2018, 07:01 AM   #26
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I have twin 8's on my boat, and really like them but every now and then I wish I would have bought the 10's. but here soon I plan on putting the I pilot on there for when I fish deeper water.
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Old 03-15-2018, 07:30 AM   #27
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Another thing about 10s, the height could be an issue in storage.

Also never had much of an issue with the boat blowing around with the ipilot and nearly always have 3 people in the boat. If it moves I take a couple steps and keep fishing

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Old 03-15-2018, 02:10 PM   #28
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I appreciate all the responses! Seems like we got a good conversation going. I don’t think there is a wrong way to go with this decision; just wanted to see if there were really any negative experiences with the 10’ model.

I’m going with dual 10’ blades and had already decided on the iPilot 2nd gen with spot lock.
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Old 03-15-2018, 02:12 PM   #29
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Another thing about 10s, the height could be an issue in storage.

Also never had much of an issue with the boat blowing around with the ipilot and nearly always have 3 people in the boat. If it moves I take a couple steps and keep fishing

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I have seen that on some forums, but not an issue for me. 16í doors on the shop.

The iPilot 1st gen is not terrible, but it leaves plenty of room for improvement. When it gets off the spot the motor kicks in high gear and jerks around quite a bit. Iím looking forward to seeing the improvement on the new generation.
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