I have read a lot about stakeout poles, but I didn't really need a long pole for lake use; it would just be in the way. I considered a dock pole from K-Mart, but considered it too long for the bother. However, I knew I needed something other than my paddle when near shore. I decided to buy a Coleman trekking pole. I know it's not made specifically for water, but I can say that it works quite well. It never failed to hold when locked in position. I left the rubber tip on the bottom as well as the basket. It is small so that it fits within the cockpit under my foot brace without being in the way. I could quickly deploy it by telescoping it to any necessary length. When I got the pole back home, it disassembled easily to be washed out and dried. The pole came in handy when clearing the shore, or approaching the shore. Another benefit was in retrieving the fishing line from the end of my seven-foot poles without having to remove the poles from their holders. It's a small investment to make in a great tool that stays out of the way until you need it.