50 thoughts on “Kayak Anchor Tips

  1. If it's a straight pull on that anchor like you were doing in your demo, that zip tie "(which is a bit too strong to begin with), that straight pull will be very hard to break even a small zip tie.

  2. On your anchor if you use a small length of chain between the top and bottom of your anchor then tie on to the chain it will work much better for you

  3. Still doing it wrong, the float should not move on the line. It should be fixed on te line a little distance from the kayak. 2 reasons for float: 1st you can unclip from anchor if fighting big fish, 2nd and main reason, if fishing in areas with swells, the float creates an angle or corner, as the swell passes underneath the kayak the float will be pulled down underneath the surface preventing the swell and achor to drag the kayak down. Another tip is to make to first meter or so, that runs from your pulley system to the main line that will run to you float and the your anchor, to make that bungee cord. that removes some of the shock when swells passes underneath you. Remember the rule the bigger the swell the further the float should be from you. Maybe not as important in the estuary type fishing you do, but in the big seas in South Africa you can't use that rig of yours.

  4. I have same anchor in I have it tied wrong thanks for video naw I know how tie it down just in case it gets snag under water so I can take it out if get stuck

  5. Just an FYI, they are called anchor lines. Ropes are for Cowboys, Lines are for sailors. Also attach a lead chain to your anchor, then your anchor line. The chain will help keep the top of your anchor more on the bottom and help dig into the bottom better.

  6. The best way to get more heavy on anchor top is addi g some chains with a heavy lead. Also the chain helps u when the botton is ruff a lot,the line dont get cut by time for many fisheries days. Just steel ring from anchor to the chain and other from chain to line. Hope u try it and helps u too. Thks for share

  7. Take a second line more light and a ring in botton hole anchor. everytime when u wanna go and anchor dont release easily,pull the second line and it realesed from stock botton anchor body.Put both lines together just with 4 or 5 steel rings and not towether to close the anchor. Sorry for my english,im still learning a languaje

  8. Hey Zoffinger take that idea:put a pvc pipe inside u flotter line anchor so the line cannot destroy a flotter,runns inside the pvc and it can take more life. Thks for share.

  9. Excellent video and explanation. I'm new to using anchors and this will have saved me some future frustration and lost anchors!

  10. It's funny I just lost an anchor a few weeks ago and thought afterwards that I should have had a float on it. LOL

  11. cut or burn those ty-rap ends down flush otherwise they wil rip u up like a cat scratching you old telephone trade trick

  12. that's why we use a chain in front of the anchor and then the rope, chain weighs the anchor down to dig in

  13. I have used a small 4" zip tie now for a while and has saved me many times when caught up in the weeds here in the bay. However, the the bolt added to the top of the anchor is an excellent idea when fishing over sandy areas and does make a difference. I cut off the head of the bolt and ground it into a slight bullet shape. This is a simple yet great observation. Anything to help make things easier, safer, and more efficient in a kayak out on the bay is a plus. Thanks for the tip. I owe you a beer for that one…

  14. If the dumbbell weight plate was that much better at holding the bottom why did you decide to switch to the gaff type anchor?

  15. Excellent observation. I' m gooing to "loose" zip tie some 8 oz. pyramid lead weights to rope at the anchor attach point. Idea for loose is so they will spin freely on the rope. The lead shouldnt conduct too much noise I wouldnt think.

  16. hi bud how's it going . ive not long got in to kayak fishing and bin getting a lot of inspiration from watching your vids. diy and fishing on the kayak. and i enjoy making thing more than going out buying them. was wondering what size and how you would go about making a drift chute ?

  17. I notice you have the anchor rope ultimately cleated to a regular cleat on the boat's rail on one side.  Do you find that having it cleated on one side of the boat has an asymmetrical effect on its performance?  Or does the anchor trolley position completely control how the boat aligns, regardless of where it ultimately ties up?Where do you keep the anchor on the boat when it's stored?  If it scrapes on the bottom it makes a lot of noise, particularly if you also have a chain.  Do you think this noise scares the fish?  and do you have away around it?Have you tried running the anchor trolley all the way around the bow of the boat, so that you have maybe 300 degrees of alignment choice?Do you ever go offshore where you'd need a longer anchor rope. My rope is 1/2 inch like yours, because I find the smaller ropes tend to tangle.  Some people on the internet short some kind of a retractable device made for divers, that has a narrow rope but coils neatly to avoid the tangle.  Wondering if you have tried that.

  18. When I had my small sailboat, I was taught to use a 1) baby Danforth with folding downward blades 2) 4 feet of stainless chain to hold the Danforth shaft parallel to the bottom and 3) a small 2-5lb mushroom anchor holding the chain also relatively flat.  This rode a little up and down as any current or winds pulled the boats as a mini shock absorber.  The main line went from the mushroom chain ring up to the boat.  This was shown to me by Bahamas and Caribbean sailors who used larger versions for ocean cruising vessels.  They also had "twin" rigs to double the bow lines at 45 degree angles to hold during overnight wind shifts.  Hope this helps.  Great ideas for car-toppers!

  19. Thanks for the great tip on the anchor issue. I couldn't figure out why I couldn't get hooked up properly on the sandy/clay bottom. Here on South Padre Island our bay is primarily clay-like and makes it hell just trying to anchor down properly with out slipping around.

  20. okay, have a question for you. (understand this is an oldie; but I just found your channel, so its new for me!) I got a couple of anchors like you use in this video, and did the mod with the plastic zip tie. Great idea! We got 100 foot ropes for each boat. Seems like an awful lot of rope. Is that too much, and how do I deal with the excess? Also, how do you store your anchor and line when not in use?

  21. You don't need to connect the chain directly to the anchor. Set it up as line to chain, chain to line, line to anchor, that way you can still use your trip device.

  22. Props on that kayak, very impressive. I'd like to point out that you will never have another issue with your line coming off of the cleat if you learn to tie it off properly. Just search on youtube for tying a cleat hitch

  23. now you know why big ships use anchor chain. Good job on the video. I'm using a 5 lb. steel weight myself. Haven't found the need for a typical anchor just yet and I've been out in some pretty windy conditions. However, I am using a dog leach as my anchor line and It's only 20 feet so if I try to anchor deeper, it ain't gonna happen. Cheers!

  24. Hey Z.. Just bought a beat up three man sit on top plastic kayak for 60 bucks and I am loving your vids on all the stuff you did to your little go gett'em fishing rig This is exactly what I want to build little by little. I am in Puerto Rico and it sucks trying to get anything here as no one wants to ship from the states to here. The stores like Home Depot don't carry all the products they do in their US stores.. So your low down fixes and ideas are perfect. I am going to also use this kayak as a spearfishing rig somewhat and a surf fishing boat too I am going to watch every single vid you have made as I love all the ergonomic systems you have going on there. I am now looking for a vid on your rudder system and pontoons.. all very cool.

  25. All you had to do was shortened the anchor stem. The the anchor wasn't biting because the stem was too long, shorten the stem, increase the angle on the blades problem solved.

  26. Very nice video. I have a question. Regarding tying a bolt to the anchor with something that might break (to help you release the anchor in case is stuck) . I can only see this working with the bolt landing on top of the rope. If the opposite happen (50% chance). I don't think you would be able to break the plastic tie. What do you think? Btw, have ever had the need to break the tie to release the anchor?

  27. Rick on Cherokee     Put a small rope on your anchor rope with a prusik knot and a small carabiner to attach to the anchor rope on your kayak,quick release and adjustable

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