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Stick It: Test Fishing the Swivel Stick by Paul Lebowitz

Stick It: Test Fishing The Swivel Stick

Locked in place: the Swivel Stick double-anchored on a slender kayak not typically used to stand.

Locked in place: the Swivel Stick double-anchored on a slender kayak not typically used to stand.

Stick It: Test Fishing the Swivel Stick
Words and photos by Bob Bramblet

Kayak anchoring systems have come a long way in the last few years, particularly for anglers who fish shallow water. In the early days posting up on a fishing spot may have been as simple as tossing out a barbell on a rope.

Several new products take anchoring to a new level. The Swivel Stick is one, a stakeout system designed by Lucas Cesario and Michael Malle. It debuted at ICAST 2013. All of the components are made from stainless steel and aluminum.

The Swivel Stick is built around a novel hinge feature that allows the pin to easily swivel from the stowed position into place. A unique screw head allows the pin to dig itself into the bottom for a secure hold.

The pin is then free to slide up or down in the bracket. It requires no wiring or batteries and when not in use, the pin is stowed away along the edge of the kayak, out of the way of mangroves and low bridges.

A look at the Swivel Stick swivel point, on the right. The hardware on the left is the forward resting point for the stakeout pole when in travel mode.

A look at the Swivel Stick swivel point, on the right. The hardware on the left is the forward resting point for the stakeout pole when in travel mode.

I was invited to a fishing demo of the product with Lucas, Mike and Josh Harvel, who helped develop the device. The first thing I noticed as I inspected the Swivel Stick mounted was the quality of the components. There are no plastics or fiberglass. All of the installed parts were tight fitting and mounted with a steel plate inside, sandwiching the plastic wall of the kayak between two stainless steel brackets for a strong mounting point.

The anchor pole is an aluminum rod and the tip is an auger type device. The tip and cap are removable with set screws with rod extensions available. Lucas also advised there will be accessories available soon, possibly including camera mounts.

Mike and Lucas were very excited to show me the features of their product. Three kayaks were sporting the Swivel Stick, a Hobie Revo, a Hobie Quest and a Native Redfish. None of these kayaks are particularly easy to stand in, but Lucas and Mike set the poles, one on each side of the kayak, and quickly stood right up. I remarked that they obviously had practice, but I soon would get my chance to test them out.

While we were checking out the device, Lucas hooked a small redfish. In shallow water, I staked out my Pro Angler and Lucas deployed the Swivel Sticks. It was very windy, so instead of trying to position my kayak for a picture, I got out and walked over to Lucas. Within seconds, I was chasing down my kayak because my stick anchor pulled out, while Lucas’ kayak stood firm. The wave action apparently caused the Swivel Sticks to ‘screw’ themselves deeper into the sandy bottom. Lucas then stepped onto his kayak for some interesting grip and grin photos.

Heading back to the launch, we stopped at some Matlacha docks. Lucas deployed the Swivel Sticks next to the dock and easily stepped off of the kayak. Anyone who launches from a dock knows that is a precarious position unless you have a very wide kayak. He made it look very simple. I was able to try this back at the launch with Josh’s Revo. I placed the anchors and was able to stand up with little effort. I stepped from the kayak to the dock very easily, then back. I was very surprised at what little effort it took. Another cool feature they showed me was the sticks can be used to ‘walk’ across the flats. The device can be placed in an unlocked mode so the sticks can be used independently to push and turn the kayak in any direction with little effort.

With two sticks in the bottom, a kayak anchored with a Swivel Stick is very stable.

With two sticks in the bottom, a kayak anchored with a Swivel Stick is very stable.

To get the full use of the features requires two Swivel Sticks, one each mounted on either side of the kayak. Both sticks work in tandem to stabilize the kayak similar to a floating dock. That allows the user to stand up easily on even the narrowest kayaks and allows very simple egress between kayaks and on docks. The Swivel Stick is also perfect for photography as there is no movement of the kayak when both sticks are deployed allowing the user to face exactly where the lighting is best. The price for one Swivel Stick is $329, and $658 for a pair. In comparison, the price of the Power Pole Micro Anchor is around $600, but it doesn’t come with a stakeout pole or battery. If purchased from Power Pole, the pin is another $100, a lithium battery $149, and mounting bracket up to $79.

There is certainly something for everyone when it comes to shallow water anchoring systems. Simple to complex and inexpensive to top-dollar, there is a customizable solution for every need and budget. The Swivel Stick is a great option that can serve many purposes.

Kayak Angler

Fresh Catch: Swivel Stick by Ric Burnley

Revolutionary Shallow Water Anchor to Debut at ICAST 2013

Hillsboro Beach, FL (May 01, 2013). L & M Designs, Inc., inventors of the Swivel Stick® shallow water anchor is debuting the revolutionary new device at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades Show (Booth 425) taking place from July 9, 2013 thru July 12, 3013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. They will be exhibiting the Swivel Stick® to more than 9,000 members of the sportfishing industry representing 70 countries.

Says Michael Malle, Vice President of L & M Designs, Inc.: "My partner Lucas and I are excited for this opportunity. We created the Swivel Stick® anchor out of necessity, having seen no other product like it on the market. As fisherman, we know the Swivel Stick® is going to change the shallow water fishing industry in a big way and we look forward to being a part of that change."

About the Swivel Stick®: Made in the USA, the Swivel Stick®, invented by L & M Designs, Inc. is arevolutionary shallow water anchor for kayaks, canoes and skiffs. The mounting position of the Swivel Stick® on the sides of your boat, allows you to quickly and safely grab the Swivel Stick® while remaining seated and place the sticks to secure your position allowing you to make the perfect cast. For the first time you can DOCK your kayak as well as maneuver your kayak into the perfect fishing position. With easy one-hand operation, The Swivel Stick® can be customized, is low maintenance and light weight. Composed of solid anodized aluminum, these rigid poles are lightweight with a slim design. The unique design of the Swivel Stick® anchor allows for the anchor poles to be stowed securely alongside your boat using its own holder.

About L&M Designs, Inc.: L&M Designs, Inc. is located in Hillsboro Beach, Florida. You can learn more about their products at www.LandMDesignsInc.com or contact Lucas Cesario, President and Inventor of the Swivel Stick® anchor at lucasLMDesigns@gmail.com, Michael Malle, Vice President atmichaelLMDesigns@gmail.com or call 954.204.1888 for more information.

Florida Sportsman

New Paddle Craft Gear 2014 by Bob Bramblet

New Paddle Craft Gear for 2014

Left: “The unique slim design of the Swivel Stick shallow water anchor allows for the anchoring pole to be stowed at the side of your kayak, canoe, or boat.”

It has been a banner year for kayak and fishing gear manufacturers. Tons of new products have been hitting store shelves all over the country. Let’s face it, kayakers can be a cheap bunch, but we are always interested in quality products and want more bang for our buck. Many of these new products revealed at ICAST 2014 seem to fit the bill. These are a few of the new items available this year.

These products are just a sampling of the new products introduced this year at ICAST 2014. Look for more gear reviews in the gear section of the Florida Sportsman No Motor Zone.

Read more: http://www.floridasportsman.com/2014/08/29/new-paddle-craft-gear-2014/#ixzz3h6SfdLOY

The Fishermans Journal

Own the Water by Josh Harvel
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Kayak fishing industry has grown and evolved by leaps and bounds over the last few years. Following suit have been
the different anchoringchoices now available for kayak fishing. When I started kayak fishing years ago, we'd either just
use good ole clunky claw anchor on a rope. Then I started using the Capt. Dick's stake out pole, which was about an
inch around and would only hold you in placein calm water with a muddy bottom. After fighting with that thick anchor
pole, I switch again to the Stick-It anchor with an anchor trolley for a little more versatality. While this system did somewhat
work, I was always at the mercy of the tides and wind. I just couldn't seem to be able get positioned exactly how I
wanted to be to make that cast I really wanted to. Then I discovered the Swivel Stick Shallow Water Anchor and
things really changed....

The Swivel Stick SHallow Water Anchor is the brain child of Lucas Cesario and Michael Malle. The Swivel Stick is meant
to be mounted in a fixed position to the side of either a kayak, Gheenoe or a small flats skiff. The Swivel Stick employs
a swivel that the stick slides into, the swivel is machined out of Stainless Steel and Aluminum. It's sandwiched between
the sides of the vessel with an aluminum backing plate creating a solid water tight fit. The swivel can either be set in the
locked or unlocked position, allowing for precise positioning. The Stick is an extendable solid aluminum pole with a screw
like bottom base that once deployed "screws" itself down into the bottom. The stick comes in at just under 6" without the
extensions and can be extended up to 7'6" for deeper water anchoring. When not deployed the Swivel Stick sits laid
down in an aluminum holder ncie and tight right unp against the side of the watercraft. To delpoy the stick, all you have
to do is have the swivel in the unlocked position. You grab the stick and it swivels up and down under its own weight
silently and in seconds. You can mount the Swivel stick on just one side and get good results, but to get the optimum
performance out of the package I would recommend mounting one on both sides.

When I took my first trip out to try the Swivel Sticks I was truly surprised at how easy they were to use and just how well
they worked. With all the other anchors I've used in the past I've had to fight trying to get them to stick in the ground
by grabbing the top and twisting the anchor down into the ground. The Swivel Stick didn't have this issue, once I
released the and dropped the stick down it did all the work itself allowing me to conyinue fishing. With both sticks
down the Swivel Stick literally turned my kayak into a floating dock, I've got a Hobie Revolution that I've never been able
to stand up in. With the sticks down I was able to pop right up and stand with no issues. Also with the sticks down you're
able to anchor and hold in any postition so you can make that perfect cast no matter what the wind is doing. After a
little experimenting I was bale to have one swivel in the locked position and the other in the unlocked position and spin
the kayak around in a 360 degree circle anchoring in whatever direction I choose. Once I realized I could spin in a
circle with one in the unlocked position, I decided to see what could be done with both in the swivel mode. Within
jsut a few minutes of practice I was able to "walk" the kayak around in any direction I wanted to go with not a single
bit of noise. This will come in very handy in the winter during our low tides when we chase big fish in super shallow
water. If you're thinking about upgrading the anchoring capabilities of your kayak, or small boat definitely check out
the Swivel Stick. They've helped me own the water I'm fishing in. Check out the website at https://swivelstick.net and see
for yourself why the Swivel Stick is my new Shallow Water anchor of choice.

Staking Out the Swivel by Scott Peach
To view the full article please click link below

Over the past few months, a friend has allowed me to use his Wilderness Systems Ride 135. One of the accessories
he added to it is a pair of Swivel Stick Shallow Water Anchors. I had seen Swivel Sticks ads in various publications,
but honestly, I was a little skeptical and hadn't given them a great deal of thought. For years I've used an anchor trolley
with a stake out pole or anchor and have been very happy with it. So for the first few trips in the Ride 135, I continued
fishing using my traditional anchoring approach and never took the Swivel Sticks along. Eventually, I decided it was
time to test out the Swivel Stick system. My first impression when looking over the set up was that the stake out pole
and mounting hardware looked very sturdy and made of high quality materials - aluminum and stainless steel. The
mounting system was secure to the kayak with no free play and it fit cleanly to the side of the hull. Prior to paddling
away from the launch, one concern I had was that the mounting location of the anchor system, extending along the
side of the hull, may make it necessary to change my paddle stroke to avoid bumping it with the paddle shaft. After
paddling a short distance, it became clear that it would not be a problem. During several days of fishing with Swivel
Sticks in place, I didn;t notice any change in my paddle stroke or have any issues with bumping the paddle on the
anchor system.

The first opportunity I had to delpoy the Swivel Stick was in a shallow open bay in windy conditions with a slight chop
on the water. After removing the pole holder tie down, unlocking the swivel proved easy to do with a slight pull of the
knob to the unlock position. After that then the anchor pole is rotated upright and lowered into the ground and then
locked using the same knob. The stake out pole has a nice sharp auger tip that can be rotated to help dig into the
ground. Initially i only deployed one stake out pole to test the stability. The sensation was similar to sticking a stake
out pole through a scupper hole. The kayak was anchored nicely but did tend to rotate in the wind.

Deploying the second Swivel Stick showed the real advantage to this system. With the second stake out pole in
place, the kayak was firmly anchored and nolonger rotated. Standing in the Ride is fairly easy and it's a stable
kayak for stand up fishing. With the Swivel Sticks in place it was like standing on a floating dock. There was no
lean or sway at all and the only movement was due to the chop of the water. I was amazed at how solid the kayak
was anchored. I was able to move around while standing and could turn around and fish the area behind the
kayak without concern. An added benefit to using two Swivel Sticks is the ability to walk the kayak forward and
backward using both poles in unison in the unlocked position and to manuvuer the kayak to the ideal anchoring

Returning the Swivel Sticks to the stowed position was also an easy task. The process consisted of pulling the
stake out pole from the ground, releasing the locking knob, rotating the pole to the tie down and returning the knob
to the locked position. Repeat the process for the other side and you're ready to paddle away.

I was very impressed by the design and construction of the Swivel Stick Shallow Water Anchor system. It worked
extremely well and made for an incredibly stable stand and fish platform. If you're considering an upgrade to your
current anchoring approach, it is definetely worth a look. The only drawback you may find is the price. At $658.00
for a set of two, it is pricey. However, compared to the Power Pole Micro Anchor that runs roughly $200 more
for all the components, it is less expensive, lighter and requires no battery power, and the Power Pole offers only one
point anchoring versus the two points of anchoring for the Swivel Stick.

For more information on the Swivel Stick, visit https://www.swivelstick.net

Shallow Water Secrets Magazine

Swivel Stick Shallow Water Anchors by Capt. Rick Banks
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When we think about Anchor Systems many things come to mind. Current, bottom type, Anchor Trolley, Windup
systems and even Electric/Hydraulic. But every now and then Folks just Get creative and truly hit a home run. Lucas
and Michael From Swivel Sticks have done it. A simple and effective way ro Anchor your Kayak or small boat without
a lot of hassle and it holds. I was so impressed with this system I put 2 on my Kayak, one on the Wife's and even
put one on my Gheenoe. Its not just for fishing it can be used for stability for photography. Holding your boat while you
Me personally I am a scientific angler, I want to know why, and Why not and it has to work. This system is an awesome tool
to not only pin your position but hold you there for the proper presentation of Bait or Lures, or to capture that perfect Shot of
the sunrise.
All made from the best grade alloys in the field. Strong is an understatement. And the Stability with 2 is like walking on a
floating dock. Check them out at www.swivelstick.net
To see Pics that were made possible with the use of Swivel Stick please visit the link above to the direct article. This Awesome
Tool Changes you Angling Game 100%!!!!!!!!

Product Reviews

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Product Review

An anchor, ideally,
should keep a boat in place, with little effort, and stow away conveniently, when
not in use.

Swivel Stick, made for kayaks, canoes and small boats, fits that bill.

To use the anchor, the two poles, shown in the photo, mounted on
each side of the vessel, are swiveled upright.

That keeps the vessel still.

When not in use, the
poles -- aluminum and
adjustable in length --
are swiveled up,
locking in place with
a pin, along the outside of the vessel, out of the way.

Best of all, there are no ropes! L&M Designs, the manufacturer, says.

For info, visit the L&M Designs Web site.

Swivel Stick