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Bending Branches "Angler Pro" Paddle

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Bending Branches Angler Pro sea green blade

Paddle Make & Model

Brand:
Bending Branches
Model:
Angler Pro
MSRP ($):
299.00

The Bending Branches "Angler Pro" kayak paddle was designed by kayak fishermen to fit the specific needs of kayak anglers. The extremely light weight Angler Pro will allow the angler to fish and paddle without sapping their energy. Available in length from 220 to 240 cm an angler can find the perfect length paddle for even the widest fishing kayak.

Features:

  • Drip Rings: Black - Heavy Duty
  • Blade Color: Sea Green, Camo
  • Ferrule Angles: 0º & 60º - Left or Right (Snap)
  • Shaft Size: Standard

Specs:

  • Blade Size: 6.8" x 19" (104 sq in)
  • Shaft Type: T-700 Carbon
  • Lengths Available: 220 cm 230 cm 240 cm
  • Weight: 30 oz

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Bending Branches Angler Pro by Chris Funk

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5.0

My every day choice

If I’m taking any of my boats out besides my NuCanoe Frontier, I have my Bending Branches Angler Pro 240cm with me. The Angler Pro performs just as well as sticks that are twice the price.

The blades on the Angler Pro are tough; I routinely push off of barnacle covered pilings and pole down rocky streams with mine and have yet to have any issues other than some minor scuffing on the blades. The fiberglass blades are very stiff; I don’t feel like I’m wasting any energy into the stroke.

The shaft is super light, you will notice after a long haul up river or against the current your arms are not as tired and you are ready to fish. The ruler on the shaft is a cool addition but I don’t find much use for it, guess I should start catching bigger fish. One standout was the ferrule; it fits perfectly together and is nice and snug. There is absolutely no movement in the center of this shaft.

I’ve had my Angler Pro for over a year now and have used it everywhere from small creeks to offshore. I highly recommend this super light fishing paddle, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better paddle at this price range.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
This paddle is light, has stiff blades and has a very tight fitting ferrule.
Cons:
The ruler on the shaft is cool but I don't use it.
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5.0

Bending Branches Angler Pro Snap

I have been paddling a paddle with a carbon blend rod and blades constructed from Fiberglass reinforced nylon. About a year ago I decided to move up to a higher quality paddle. The Bending Branches Angler Pro Snap fishing kayak paddle. The Angler Pro length selected for using in my Jackson Kraken is the 230 cm. My initial experience with this paddle felt awkward at first. Why awkward? It is really simple the Angler Pro weighs only 30 ounces; my previous paddle probably was in the neighborhood of 38 ounces. The reduction of eight ounces by going to a high end paddle made me feel like I did not have a paddle in my hands.

The blades are constructed to take a beating. The Kaken is my off shore, near shore, and jetties fishing kayak. When fishing the jetties occasionally I have to use the paddle to push off of the rocky wall that makes up the jetties. So far the paddle blades have held up to this abuse.

The light weight shaft and the stiff paddle blades allow me to paddle the Jackson Kraken with ease whether paddling into the breakers. The paddle performs well when bracing into the waves when heading onto the beach. By the end of the day I do not feel fatigued as in the past
The spring snap that holds the two sections together is very tight; there is no movement when attempting to twist the two pieces. There are three holes on one of the shafts. These three holes allows the user to offset by 60 degrees either right or left and the other hole sets the blades with no offset.

At my seminars when I talk about paddle selection I re-enforce my experience about purchasing a high quality paddle like the Bending Branches Angler Pro. The bottom line when you decide to purchase a paddle plan on spending in the neighborhood of $330 for that paddle to compliment your kayak. Believe me you will not be sorry in this choice.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Light weight paddle
Cons:
None at this time
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Bending Branches Angler Pro Plus

I have been paddling a paddle with a carbon blend rod and blades constructed from Fiberglass reinforced nylon. About a year ago I decided to move up to a higher quality paddle. The Bending Branches Angler Pro Plus fishing kayak paddle. The Angler Pro Plus paddle is not a snap together paddles but has a telescoping ferrule. For using in my Jackson Big Rig I selected the 240 – 255 cm length. My initial experience with this paddle felt awkward at first. Why awkward? It is really simple the Angler Pro weighs only 30 ounces; my previous paddle probably was in the neighborhood of 38 ounces. The reduction of eight ounces by going to a high end paddle made me feel like I did not have a paddle in my hands.

The blades are constructed to take a beating. I primarily fish inshore in the Charleston area. So I use the paddle to push me away from pilings, docks, and floating platforms. At low tide these structures will have large buildups of barnacles and oysters which will normally tear up low end paddle blades. However the blades on my Angler Pro almost look new. I have also used the paddle to push myself across a shallow flat pushing the blades into soft mud or oyster bars. Again the blades have held up to this abuse.

The light weight shaft and the stiff paddle blades allow me to paddle the Jackson Big Rig with ease whether paddling with the tide, against the tide or crossing the tide. By the end of the day I do not feel fatigued as in the past. I’m convince that for someone that has shoulder problems that if they would purchase the Angler Pro the light weight paddle will ease that pain and allow them to paddle a little longer on the water.

The telescopic ferrule option is ideal for a kayak that has the ability to use a seat similar to the Jackson Elite Seat. While I’m in the high seat position I will use the paddle at the 250 cm length as I paddle. In the low seat position I will adjust the paddle to 245 cm. The ability to shorten and lengthen the paddle actual allows to you paddle more efficiently in my opinion. One issue that I have with the ferrule is that it takes me some time to adjust my paddle at the 60 degree offset.

Now at my seminars when I talk about paddle selection I enforce my experience about purchasing a high quality paddle like the Bending Branches Angler Pro. The bottom line when you decide to purchase a paddle to plan on spending in the neighborhood of $355 for that paddle to compliment that kayak. Believe me you will not be sorry in this choice.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Light weight paddle, Adjustable paddle length & Micro adjustment for paddle blade angle
Cons:
Adjusting paddle blades is not easy
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5.0

Angler Pro

This is the best paddle I have ever used in 19 years of kayak fishing. If you want performance this paddle is the way to go. Very light but yet durable in the water.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Lightweight, Durable, Power
Cons:
May chip on rocks if not careful
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5.0

Top Quality Paddle

I used this paddle in 260 cm all last season, and plan on continuing to do so, this year. That is, unless I trade in for the new adjustable one. The blades are solid, and easy to feel the difference over lower end models. It is also extremely light. I would have never guessed how much a few ounces would matter. I originally scoffed at spending this much on a paddle, but now I can't imagine going back. It is totally worth the difference in price, and I might even say I'm more attached to this paddle than I am to my actual kayak.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Light, Powerful
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(Updated: February 25, 2015)
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5.0

Bending Branches Angler Pro Plus Ferrule

The new Plus Ferrule on the Angler Pro is a great addition to an already solid paddle line. I have paddled with a 240cm and a 260cm for the past 2 seasons and they have proven themselves to me. The 240-255 adjustable Plus Ferrule is no different. It is rock solid after adjustment and really makes it great to transition from low position to high position seating or from sitting to standing. On a recent trip I collapsed it down to go through a mangrove tunnel then opened it up to stand up paddle the flats. gotta love the versatility !

User Info

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

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Adjustable, Light weight
Cons:
takes a few tries to adjust it properly
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