An alternative to expensive green sticks

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I was just looking at some pics from a few years ago and saw something some of you may be interested in. If you're familiar with a green stick, you know you have to be careful fishing them. They are not indestructible by any means. You can't troll too fast or use too heavy of a breakaway line because you can literally pull it apart. If you don't think so, trust me, you can. I've had a Marlin hit and pull the top section out which came crashing down on the deck. Problem was the breakaway mono was too heavy. Anyways, if you don't have $3-$5k to spend on one, you can use an aluminum pole with heavy duty bungies for the jigging action. We call it the "Portuguese Stick" (but not proper English). You can troll it fast or slow, on sloppy days and it works great. The only real fail point on it are the bungies. Just thought I'd throw this out there.

You can see the Portuguese Stick on a friend's old boat. It's on top of the tower. We fished it with a hydraulic bandit reel.
 

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I put some thought into this a while ago. If you can find a way to secure it, a Pole Vaulting stick. It's far less expensive to the Greenstick just use a smaller bird. They are built from 14-20' long and I have to say be able to support close to 200 lbs of force. I can imagine mounting this to a rigid roof or tower/or alum pole for more height. Somebodies gonna try it!
 

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The thing with having an aluminum pole and bungies is that you can troll slow or fast and it actually gives much better dancing. I'll be doing to Portuguese Stick on my tower.
 

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depends on the brand and size, but 3 of the heavy duty rubber ones worked for us.
 

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It might be interesting to put a small sail on the danged thing to keep your bow into the seas when drifting. Kind of like a sea anchor does, but wouldn't screw up your baits.
 

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It might be interesting to put a small sail on the danged thing to keep your bow into the seas when drifting. Kind of like a sea anchor does, but wouldn't screw up your baits.

I like that idea...like an old eastern rig.

We call it the Port. Stick because half the island is of Portuguese ethnicity....kinda like saying Nova Scotia carpenter.
 

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ya that one, 44", painted it green and yellow, runs great. We tow 2 pot buoys behind it just in case something snaps we can retrieve it.
 

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Using it on a boat we were running, 58' Dixon. Droppin the hammer 2 years ago with Eyes




We were running a conventional greenstick until the top section broke and came crashing down thanks to a marlin
 

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Yup. Some guy bought it for his 23 yr old kid and one of the guys from my harbor put his longline permit on it and we fished it out of Menemsha.

You can see the long line reel behind the house on the port side. Just a 20 mile spool
 
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