I recently received a pair of 12′ Minn Kota Talons from my family for Christmas since they know I have a busy tournament season coming up. Eager to try them out, I quickly got them installed with the help of a friend, and made my way to Lake Guntersville the next morning.
BREAKING DOWN THE GOOD AND BAD
- The Good
Installation wasn’t very hard at all. The mounting brackets mount up right on the side of your boat’s jackplate. Once the mounts are on, the Talon fits right on to the bracket, with four bolts with lock screws latching the Talon in place. From there, you can adjust the angle at which the Talon sits. Whether you want it angled or sitting straight up, you can adjust them with just a few turns until you have the angle you desire. They have two different modes; rough water mode and soft bottom mode. Rough water mode allows your Talons to actuate with the roughness of the water, and soft bottom mode allows you to get a better anchor in spongier bottom.
As soon as I put my Ranger in the water, I dropped them into the bottom by the boat ramp and to my liking, they were very quiet and very strong creating a good lift and anchor keeping my boat right where I left it. With the wireless remote around my neck, I easily put them up with a double click of a button, with the cylinder going up as smooth and quiet as it went down.
As I fished throughout the day, I was able to anchor the Talons in 11.8′ of water and keep my boat still from the sweeping current I was fishing in. They allow you to anchor right beside rip-rap, lay downs, or any other structure you may come across and need to anchor down to. For any serious tournament fisherman, these shallow water anchors are a necessity.
Now, for the side of the anchors that has given me problems. The first glaring problem was the fact that the mounting brackets aren’t included in the box with the Talons. Needing brackets right away, I had to make a trip to Bass Pro in Birmingham to buy them. Joke is on the consumer here; these brackets cost an extra $500+ after you have already spent $4000 to buy the anchors. The brackets are very well made and easy to install. However, it was a great annoyance to have to spend extra money after spending so much. The second, last, and only other problem I have had with them is that sometimes one closes louder than the other. Once the cylinder goes back into the Talon itself, it snaps in loud every fifth time or so.
So, when you’re out searching for a shallow water anchor for your boat, look towards the Talon for the reasons above with the good outweighing the bad. You may pay a little more for them than a Power Pole’s, but a Talon’s features far outweigh a Power Poles in my opinion.
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