Minn Kota Talons are another option to consider other than Power Poles. They have different dimensions than Power Poles but accomplish the same goal. If size and weight matter to you, keep reading to learn the different sizes and how they compare to Power Poles.
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What is a Minn Kota Talon?
The Minn Kota Talon is a three-stage vertically deploying shallow water anchor. The Talon mounts on the rear of the boat, sometimes requiring a special bracket.
With the click of a button, an electric motor pushes a rod straight down into the bottom. Once it reaches the bottom, it drives the rod deeper into the mud to secure the hold. When it feels the resistance of the bottom, it will automatically stop, so you don’t have to worry about being in super shallow water.
Another click of a button will bring the Talon back to the stowed position. If you try to drive off without raising the Talon, an audible alarm will go off to remind you to raise the Talon. The Talon integrates with the one boat network.
One Talon is capable of holding a 28’ boat or 4,800 lbs. Minn Kota recommends adding another Talon to the boat if it is larger than these dimensions. You will want to add Talon to keep from rotating.
Using a single Talon only gives you one point of contact with the bottom. This means you will spin around the anchor with the wind and waves. Adding another Talon will provide you with two points of contact with the bottom and eliminate that problem.
When transporting your boat, you can tilt the Talon to a horizontal position to avoid catching it on overhanging debris. This is especially nice for the taller Talons.
How Tall, Long, and Heavy are Minn Kota Talons?
The overall dimensions of a Minn Kota Talon will depend on the size you purchase. The following are the dimensions of the four different sizes that Minn Kota offers. Don’t forget to double the weight if you plan on buying two to avoid rotating with the wind while fishing.
The 8’ model made from 2014 to the present is 41” stowed, which is 3’ 5” tall.
The 8’ model means it will anchor in 8’ of water, so the overall length when extended will be 11’ 5”.
This size adds another 38lbs to your boat.
The 10’ model is 49.5” when in the stowed position. Which is 4’ 1.5”.
The overall length of a 10’ Talon will be 14’ 1.5” when fully extended.
The 10’ Talon weighs 43lbs.
The three-stage 12’ Talon is 57.5”. It is 4’ 9.5” in the stowed position.
Fully extended, the 12’ Talon will be 16’ 9.5”.
A single 12’ Talon weighs 47lbs.
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69” is the height of the 15’ model when it is stowed. The 15’ Talon is 5’ 9” tall.
20’ 9” is the overall length of the Talon when it is fully deployed.
The 15’ model weighs 55lbs.
Size Differences Between Talons and Power Poles:
While both brands are shallow water anchors, they accomplish the goal of anchoring very differently. The Talon is an electrically driven shallow water anchor. While a Power Pole is hydraulically operated. This difference alone will cause their dimensions to be drastically different.
Minn Kota Talons come in four different depths, and Power Poles only come in two different depths. So for the sake of comparing as equally as possible, we will only be comparing each brand’s 8’ and the 10’ models.
The height is 41” in the stowed position. The total weight is 38lbs.
Power Pole 8’
The height is 55” when stowed. The total weight is 31.7lbs.
The height is 49.5” when stowed. The total weight is 43lbs.
Power Pole 10”
The height is 68” in the stowed position. The total weight is 38.2lbs.
Adding a single Talon can up your shallow fishing game, but adding two Talons can change the way you fish forever. Now you know the dimensions of a Minn Kota Talon and all the depths in which it is available. You can make an informed decision on whether or not the Talon is the right choice for your boat!