Interesting, never knew squid pole existed! being so long it must be harder to handle, whats the advantage of this compare to the conventional reel and rod?
As I understand it, a lot of it's to do with presenting the bait 'naturally'. Many of the species squid prey on don't swim in straight lines, so the usual 'cast and retrieve' with a 'normal' rod pulls the bait in a fairly straight line (rather than their real tendancy to mill around) and moves the bait/lure/jig away from the squid sitting in reeds or pier pylon.
A pole lets you drop the jig into the right spot and move it back and forth, bring it toward the top and then let it sink a little; shorter casting rods don't let you do this.
Would anyone care to post a photo or a link?
Usually I'm pretty good at "Googleing
", but I had no luck in finding more than a handful of interesting links about "squid poles"... but I've since found they're also called "crappie
" and "panfish-
poles" elsewhere in the world (aka USA). Also seen them called 'trawling/trolling poles' and 'jigging poles', but the other terms seem much more popular.
Almost all the ones I've seen used in Victoria (Australia) are telescopic tubular fiberglass rods with only one eyelet (on the tip) and nowhere to attach a reel. Crappie poles seem to be like most other rods (~2meters, with many eyelets and a reel) but the name seems to have been carried over to the other types. 'Crappie' appears to be a type of fish, and a company name.
best pics i could find:
A HAM radio operator using a pole to hoist up the centre of a wire antennahttp://www.amqrp.org...pie/crappie.htmhttp://www.cabelas.c...e...&hasJS=true
BEST PIC: http://www.thefisher...ter_pole_bg.jpg
Never happier than on a quiet pier, on a cold, dark, wet night, with a bucket to sit on, pole in hand and a fully charged iPod.