“A push pole is an absolute must to fish here,” Charlie King half-grimaced and half-grinned. 

Even an experienced old Red River dog like King can get stranded on a sand bar or mud flat. In fact, that’s exactly how King met Trent Toups. 

With his boat beached cockeyed on a sand bar and night fast approaching, he was absolutely thrilled when Toups happened along and was able to pull him into enough water to float it. 

They have been fast friends ever since.

Most of the time, a push pole provides enough leverage to move a boat out of shallow spots, he said. And having a push pole is especially important in the winter months, when the water is too cold to go overboard and manhandle the rig.