Hi Guys, didn't spot this thread otherwise I'd have responded earlier.
I've been fishing a pole at Powai for a while now and I'm well hooked on the method. I got my pole during a visit to Taiwan - it is 6.5 metres long and technically it's really a whip because it isn't elasticated. With whips the fish fights against the flex of the pole whereas in elasticated poles they fight against the stretch. Elasticated poles are therefore a lot stiffer and probably esier to use in a cross wind.
I've hooked and landed mirgal up to 2.5kg on it and Bablu and Rajat have caught decent sized fish on the pole. Ali lost a big one two weeks ago (due to a knot pulling out - my knot, sorry man!).
I reckon you get a better strike/hook-up rate because of the sensitivity of the method, the absense of slack line and the progressive hook set. I'm pretty sure I get a lot of missed strikes on standard float gear due to hook pull-outs caused by a hard hook set. You get a much softer hook set on a pole so you get a more hook-ups.
I'm planning to upgrade to an elasticated rig. The kit is all available in the UK but the pole sections are too long for normal shipping so I'll have to wait until someone can take the gear out for me.
Best fun you can have on a machan