I carry a Hobie stakeout pole. It's also useful as a push pole (blunt end down) and as a shark prodder (sharp end down). An aluminium extendible boat hook will also do the trick if you want to stand up like a gondolier.
I guess you know you can use the Mirage drive in very shallow water by "fluttering" it.
Yea, "fluttering" the drive works *ok* but it takes a bit of concentration to constantly remind yourself to not try and make full strokes. Also you have to keep the rudder down for control, which is also dragging at this point. I also like to have the rudder up when fishing on a flat or shallow water, because a nice fish WILL at some point run under the boat, and if the rudder is down the fight is over.
I like the idea of being able to stand up, chiefly because when I'm on a flat looking for red fish.. Im LOOKING for red fish, so there is the obvious benefit of standing.
Best I can figure a 12' pole should be sufficient, considering I will be using it in 2' of water or less, and I'm 6'1" that gives me enough to reach the bottom and have enough pole left over for flexibility in placement.
I'm doing freshwater tomorrow so no need, but next weekend I'll be back in the salt and will have *something* created by then. Will see how it goes.