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there are too many options out there as mentioned by freek and monger to use a rusty piece of rebar, max-gain sells kits to assemble to make push poles / anchor sticks although pricey unless you combine orders with friends to offset shipping rates.

As freek said shallowwatersolutions has great deals and warranties everything, youll see all kinds of their products out there and good reviews to boot. I contacted them for a custom grab bar which they dont make and ended up buying an anchor stick and bracket years ago and they have been my go-to for boat goodies ever since. my bass fishing bud on lake okochobee uses their anchor stick and bracket that clamps to the troller shaft and its prolly the best thing hes ever used for site and bed fishing...
ive tried wang , diggin , and a few others and all that fancy foam grips and handles dont last long and the over priced carbon fiber stuff they make will deteriate in the sun pretty fast.

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I have built many shallow water anchors and brackets for both me and some of my friends. If I was you I would check a few local farm supply stores or landscaping stores and try to find some 8 foot long 3/4" diameter fiberglass tree stakes. These are used to support small trees when first planted. They are solid fiberglass poles. You can sharpen one end and make a t-handle for the other end. I also have some 12 footers, but they are harder to store and usually stick up above the gunnel more than I like. I have a couple stores that sell these stakes in my area, so it may be worth checking in your area to see if anyone stocks them or can get them for you.

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johnnybassboat wrote:I have built many shallow water anchors and brackets for both me and some of my friends. If I was you I would check a few local farm supply stores or landscaping stores and try to find some 8 foot long 3/4" diameter fiberglass tree stakes. These are used to support small trees when first planted. They are solid fiberglass poles. You can sharpen one end and make a t-handle for the other end. I also have some 12 footers, but they are harder to store and usually stick up above the gunnel more than I like. I have a couple stores that sell these stakes in my area, so it may be worth checking in your area to see if anyone stocks them or can get them for you.
I found out about those stakes being used by nurseries a couple of years ago when I first visited the idea of a shallow water anchor. I called all the large local nurseries and they didn't have a clue what I was talking about. I was very disappointed to learn that.

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003405F ... M5MZQ0E3GC

Here's a fiber glass 3\4 8ft rod I have been looking at on amazon

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schukster wrote:https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003405F ... M5MZQ0E3GC

Here's a fiber glass 3\4 8ft rod I have been looking at on amazon

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Now that is what I've been looking for. A reasonable price on the pole and the shipping. I can fashion my own handle and I can sharpen one end a little. Thanks for the link.

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I have those same fiberglass rods from the same seller. I ordered 2 and it cut down on shipping considerably.

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I like the idea of the double loop connected to the boat cleat to attach the poles. I got a couple of those thick green fiberglass poles at home depot, will give it a shot in the spring for shallow water crabbing

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Wyatt wrote:I have those same fiberglass rods from the same seller. I ordered 2 and it cut down on shipping considerably.
I was thinking the same thing when I ordered. Just got my email notice from Amazon that my 2 have shipped. :mrgreen: Shipping for 2 was only $9 and change.
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juggernot wrote:I don't think I'd want to use one on a tinny if any thunderstorms were nearby.
I don't think I'd want to be in a tinny if any thunderstorms were nearby. :lol:

The prices from mgs4u.com wouldn't be so bad if they didn't gouge so bad on shipping. Of course maybe it's the cost of shipping long items and it just seems high but I have my doubts.
Shipping oversize items especially long items can be very pricey. For the heck of it I went to the USPS site and calculated shipping an 8' pole in an 8'x4"x4" box from S.C. to Atlanta (not expedited shipping) was $67 dollars with out insurance !
I got 2 x 8' rods (cost + tax + shipping) for $30.87. If I ordered from mgs4u shallow-water-boat-anchors, they want $31.35, no item, no tax, just for the shipping charges. The math tells me that FexEx is gouging them or they're gouging their customers.
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Yea same here. It estimated a week and a day for delivery. It showed up 2 days after I placed my order...... Couldn't be happier lol.

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According to tracking info, mine left OH this afternoon via UPS and is scheduled to be here by end of day Wednesday.

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I don't care much for rainy days when the waters not needed but it seemed like a good time to build my shallow water anchors. So, I sanded a point on one end,

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Used 2 x ½" tees, 2 x ½" couplers, and about 6" of ½" pipe. I split the couplers in half (used half on each end of the tee) to add same diameter length to the tee's, glued this all together and onto the rod to make my handles.

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Now I've got 2 x 8' x ¾" anchors for less than $35 an 30 minutes of my time.

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I think I'm going to get some small dia stainless rod and pin both handles to the rod just as a precaution and added strength. I'm also going to add eyes to a couple of pieces of nylon rope so I can attach them to cleats.

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Very nice. I just used a bicycle grip on the end of my poles.

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Wyatt wrote:Very nice. I just used a bicycle grip on the end of my poles.
Nice. I considered doing that at one point but besides not being sure if I could get one to fit tight, I thought the T would allow for a better grip when wet and it would keep the eye of the rope from slipping off if there isn't much pole above the waters surface. What ever method you use, it sure beats paying $75+ for 1 anchor. :mrgreen:

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Yes it does!! My bicycle grips didn't fit snug enough to my liking (loose by 0.125in diameter). What I did was shove a nickel to the very end of the grip which blocked the air hole at the end. Then I filled it about 1/6th full of 2 part epoxy. I then shoved the rod into the handle while twisting it for maximum coverage then let it dry. None oozed out and that handle refuses to come off!

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I made a shallow water pin out of a 10' length of closet dowel from Home Depot. Sanded a point on one end, plasti-dipped about 1' of the other end, and rubbed the wood down with vegetable oil to repel water. With the larger diameter it takes a bit more effort to push it into a hard clay bottom, but even then it works great. Built it in about 30 minutes (plus curing time for the dip), for about $25.

I can remover my TM and the plastic bushing and the dowel slip right through it, or I use a rope on a cleat if using it off the stern.
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