You would think with 100lb plus trolling motors and even twin power poles at the stern. So why use a push pole, easy, it's control. Nothing else allows the angler to stop that fast and sure with minimum disturbance to the fish. So it looks like for even the big boys those stake out poles and push poles we use are very important, just like us kayak anglers. The angler by the way is Alton Jones, one of the best for over 20 years, he came in third.