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As the title says, I need a push pole education. I am traveling to FL next week from NC to buy a boat. It doesn't come with a pole and hope to purchase one while I am down there picking up the boat. I have never owned a boat that I can pole, so this will be a new adventure that I am excited about.

I would like to hear recommendations from personal experience on material, length, brand, etc that would work for a 18' boat in southeast NC. Only pole low tides in creeks but would learn to fish the flood tides. I would say I would be on the pole 20-30% of the time, but like I said, this is a guess as I have never owned a boat small enough to push myself around.

Also, can anyone point me to a dealer between the NC/SC line and Tampa that would have push poles in stock next week? I have heard from talking to local guys near me, they are hard to come by around here as my area doesn't see a large demand for them.

Thanks for the help
 

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Carbon Marine is in Tampa. They would be a good start. They have a couple different ones from budget push poles to higher end. They also deliver when they do a run in you’re area.
 

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2nd on Carbon Marine. Call Joe he'll get you setup with the right length and style. You'll be able to get it while you're in Tampa.
 

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Carbon Marine is in Tampa. They would be a good start. They have a couple different ones from budget push poles to higher end. They also deliver when they do a run in you’re area.
Thanks for the info

2nd on Carbon Marine. Call Joe he'll get you setup with the right length and style. You'll be able to get it while you're in Tampa.
Thanks for the heads up, I appreciate that.


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Thanks for this info, I didn’t know this, they are pretty local to me, about 30 min away. I will give them a call.
 

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Carbon Marine G2 pole, 20 minimum or 22 feet preferably. Light, stiff, right thickness (not too thick) won't get fibers in your hand like some. Call ahead and ask for Eric in sales: 813-284-7040. See what they have and may be put a deposit down. Great customer service if you ever break a section down the road.
 

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I’ve built 2 poles from mud hole. They ship to your door and are easy to put together
 

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I'll make you a deal on a 24' Stiffy Hybrid. I'm in Tampa, East side of town. I'm planning on upgrading mine to a Carbon Marine for tarpon season.
 

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Another vote for carbon marine. I have a 18’ skiff and use a 22’ GL2. If I got another I would go to a 24’ and spend the extra money for a 1 piece GL3.
 

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Again, recommend Carbon Marine. Great push pole, excellent service. I have a GL3 and it’s awesome.
 

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Similar to OP on being new to pushing, outside of length, what influences the purchase? Weight and flex im assuming?
 
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