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Bending Branches Angler Optimus

Paddle Make & Model

Brand:
Bending Branches
Model:
Angler Optimus
MSRP ($):
329.00

Kayak fishermen believe in multi purpose and the Bending Branches "Angler Optimus" is five kayak fishing tools all in one. It easily converts into a kayak paddle, canoe paddle, stake out pole, stand up paddle, and push pole. Leave the launch knowing you will be ready for any situation the water throws at you with this great multi purpose kayak fishing tool

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Bending Branches Angler Optimus 12FT Pole

The Bending Branches Angler Optimus is a kit to compliment your Angler Snap Kayak paddle. Note that the Optimus is not compatible with the PLUS ferrule paddle models and also the Angler Scout. The Angler Optimus 12 ft pole is made up of a T-grip, three fiberglass sections (measuring 37”, 48” and 59”). They connect using the snap button ferrules. The 59” section has a spike at one end.

I have used the T-grip on half of my Angler Pro that contains the spring snap. This setup provides you with a great canoe paddle that is very light weight.

I have assembled the T-grip, the 37” and 59” with the spike and have used this setup as a great stick-it anchor. The Optimus stick-it anchor is very light weight so like any of the Bending Branches paddles will float unlike a normal stick-it anchor that will sink if not attach. However the large diameter of the shaft makes it difficult to break through a hard layer like shells or sand, in soft mud the Optimus stick-it anchor will hold your kayak in place while fishing.

I managed to test out the Angler Optimus 12 ft pole on Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. Using the Optimus Push Pole with the Jackson Big Rig allowed me to navigate across a flat full of bait fish that jack crevalles were chasing. What I really like about the push pole was that I could disassemble the Optimus into three sections to put away when I no lingered need the 12 ft push pole freeing up space on the kayak.

I have not had the opportunity to use the Angler Optimus with half of the Angler Pro to create a SUP paddle. I’m sure that the two sections of the Optimus (the 37” or the 48”) and the half of the Angler Pro paddle will assembly into a SUP paddle in two different lengths. This allows a person to properly fit themselves with the correct length SUP paddle as possible using the Angler Optimus.

I’m very happy with the Bending Branches Angler Optimus for the range of applications that it provides me along with my Angler Pro Snap paddle.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Wide range of use (canoe paddle, SUP Paddle, Stick-It Anchor and Push Pole) & Dismantles for storage on the kayak
Cons:
Not compatible with all kayak paddles
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Unbelievably Handy

I tried a "normal" stand up paddle but the smaller blades always left me feeling like was undergunned when i was paddling in any current. the Optimus allows me to put my Angler Pro blade ( or classic angler blade) on the paddle and man what a difference it makes! I like the fact that I can just break this paddle down and go from a 2 blade for distance to a stand up rig without carrying 2 whole paddles. i have the 8ft model but you can get a 12 ft as well that would make for a great push pole on the flats!

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Versatile
Cons:
none as of this writing
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