Quick Release Anchoring System (QRAS ) - Keys reef anchoring

Quick Release Anchoring System (QRAS ) – Keys reef anchoring

the other guys just want to throw up a quick video about my anchoring system um if you watch some of the prior videos you'll see on the fishing the bar the reef patch reefs I don't think I've done a channel fishing one yet or bridge fishing but those as well but down here in the keys the anchoring and chumming is one of the most popular techniques so it's just one of those kind of things that's a really beneficial to know how to kind of anchor up on your kayak and be able to do the similar type of fishing because it is very effective down here what I'll do is kind of go over and this first part is just the actual anchor set up and then I've got some videos that what you'll see is the see it in action with a couple of different styles and then I'm also posted just kind of a on the shoreline on the boat ramp but just a layout with the kayak of everything just kind of in line so you can kind of get a general gist of how it flows out there but once you start watching the videos you'll kind of see it's a very simple setup the actual anchor system was created by a guy named Thoth he was a member on my old fishing forum which is Nck org which is noir camp Northern California kayak anglers excellent website grateful on great people out there but he wanted to create an anchor system which was very safe okay which is very easy to assemble okay easy to use and pretty much fairly inexpensive so it just well-rounded good setup as posted as one of the main topics when you go into the web site of just this is what you need to do this part of it if you're going to anchor I'll post a link to that article that he's written there and it's more of a articles layout so it's all written and then he's got photos so the theory part of it might be easier to see on his on his site there so I'll post that in the description but so let's go over kind of what the layout is the first part of it is basically the loop that will be sliding on to the the quick release line on the physical kayak and the Lupus is catch with uh started with just a standard bungee originally it was just a regular standard bungee cord that you just used for anything stopping down stuff but because of the Sun and the salt they just wear out so quickly so I went to just the more of a heavy-duty just rubberized style what this is for is that when you're on anchor this little bit will give flex so as you might be hitting some wake or whatnot this gives a little bit of the Flex of the line so you're not just directly connected to your kayak to the anchor they're got that attached to a short strand here and while this does is is to give you a little bit of a leeway so when this is a slid back to the back of your kayak your bumper and the cords are set back away from the kayak so if you're swinging in the wind or whatnot they're your flow is not going to be hitting the rudder on your kayak or getting tied up in the back and whatnot after that we've got the bumper or this is a bumper but I'm used to get a float this is just an outward one I got at Walmart for like 15 bucks size-wise what you're looking at is you just need something that keeps the the cord basically a float your kayak system up float your anchor system afloat doesn't need to be overly large but the reason where you have to kind of get a somewhat larger one is depending on the current and the amount of scope that you on because what happens is once you start getting a current the flow will start getting pulled down with the line and you could possibly lose the float from being sucked under and you just can't reach it so you just have to wait and tell low tide basically and then it'll pop back up then you can retrieve it but that's kind of a hassle so i need's kind of a larger one because my rig origins are from the west coast fishing whitewater rivers for salmon steelhead to the larger flowing rivers with a high volume for skirt and also in our bays over there we get a huge amount of water influx from the high tide the low tide so it's just like Bahia Honda and seven mile bridge it's just huge log ins a large push out of there so you do need something a little bit larger if you're doing the bridge like that and you're having problems and you don't have a big enough one what you can do is run two floats and one will keep it kind of up and then the second one will gently stay up and that's always an option on the flipside you don't have to go anything super expensive or super fancy a milk jug will work fine it's just something buoyant to keep the line up and if you're fishing in Lake like waters where it's not a lot of current you really don't need anything very much the u.s. comb the shorelines you'll find these just washed up and get it for free any of the boat stores selling used equipment will probably have a bunch of these so that's another good place you can pick these up or West Marine if you want to play get a brand new shiny one then I've got another short attachment same thing just to keep these from getting locked up together there which comes up to the cord winder basically what these are this orange thing is is an extension cord winder you basically just wind up your extension cords and keep them neat and tidy I got this at the dollar store for a buck but you can get them at Home Depot same thing I'm running this is just some cheapo cord I think it's just a 90-pound all weather clothes clothes hanging rope it's not even that good kind of cordage so anything will basically work don't need a lot of hundreds and hundreds of pounds because you're really not your kayaks not gonna be doing that much pressure on it and a chance of you being able to break it if you got locked up you're not gonna break 40 50 pounds of Moses best you can do so I got 90 pound just totally sufficient I don't want a large diameter but then I don't want too small of it because you have to pull on it and if it's too fine you'll start digging into your hands so something that you can grasp is good and I just found this to be about right I'm running about 400 foot well it's actually probably around 350 375 had one cutoff on it but I use a apt 120 foot range and clean up on the bar is about 125 deep and you want to get a an amount of scope which is the angle they're recommended for like on butter side is about seven to one scope so basically how you figure out scope is the depth times 7 would be how much anchor rope that you would want out okay I think it's a little not as necessary to do the seven to one because we're using a kayak boats sit in the water so they're getting a lot more tension whereas with the kayak we sit up on top and there's very little drag caused by our kayaks so I think we got to get away with this so so I stay within that three to five range is sufficient for what we do okay so when I got 350 400 foot out I could go in 100 foot of water and I've got 3.5 to 4 scope and I think I haven't had problem with it and the other thing that I've done to even magnify that scope even more by using the other anchor chain and the reason for the anchor chain is to alleviate the problems always having when I was deep deep anchoring and now was I was getting hung up a lot and then having a break or cut off the line to just free myself what I kind of figured out and found out what the problem was is when you can tie your rope directly to your anchor and 30 foot 15 20 whatever works fine I wouldn't see the need for anything more than that but yeah the problem that you run into when you just do rope to it okay that it doesn't allow the anchor just sit down with the nose down and it doesn't allow the teeth or whatever to grab into the sand or the dirt or whatever rocks into the ground basically and it allows it to with it being up it allows it to slide and then what happens with what gets wedged under things and it'll just work itself farther and dig itself deeper and deeper to a point where you can't even lift it out it's just locked in there then you're stuck by using the same when I dropped the anchor down it drops but so there's this pounds of pain drops down and it runs out and it instantly will drag that nose down into the ground so that it is digging in right away so when my acre hits and the chains down it doesn't move it just digs in a couple inches and it's stuck and it's not going anywhere and I don't have to worry about it running into a rocks or reeds or whatever to lock itself up and so that's kind of why I had the chain there and that's that's alleviated all my problems with the anchors getting stuff that and in the correct way of pulling the anchor up so that's the point so that you mean like I said it's you might not even have to think I've got six or seven foot of chain you can probably go even just a little bit of a laughs you could even attach it weights to the ends of your anchor the tips here just to keep that nose down and it works fine as well then from there we go to the anchors I utilize two different styles and anchors and I recommend two different styles of anchors one is this time which is a standard fold up claw style and the other kind is what they call as a Bruce style or a boost claw style anchor it's basically got that reversed lip on it and the only reason why I'm choosing those two a recommending those two is because they're both come with the breakaway attachments okay what that is is that when you tie your line to your anchor you physically would tie it to the the nose side of it as you can see which is opposite where you would think you would do it because it should dig in this way not this way but when you do it is you permanently tapped it to the nose there run your anchor line or your rope along the stem and then you zip tie it or tie it with some light string I'm strong enough to a long break one just normal handling but its weak enough so if you do get locked up and you can't pull it you can pull on the rope really heavily this is gonna snap this chains gonna come unwind and you're gonna be pulling it out reverse wise and it's gonna pull you out from whatever gets stuck under same thing with that claw one it's just permanently stuck in but if it breaks away it'll pull off from the front and then you'll land hurt you and that'll save your whole anchoring system get it back up put on a new zip tie and go away your throw your anchor and you're ready to go again it's just that easy so that's why I recommend this to weight wise again just depends I recommend going a bit heavier on the heavier side because I really wanted to just drop lock and not move an inch because I don't want it to be digging in and that's where you get into troubles so that's kind of the anchor set up there outside of that like say the future videos I'll go over more explanations of it in actual use but beyond that safety wise okay the three things on the safety part of it number one carry a knife on you on your PDF he's an accessible knife I have a bait knife I keep on a kayak okay so it sits there okay but keep one on you so if something happens with all this ropes and anchors and lines and stuff and getting dragged around you kind of ability to pull out and I thought cut yourself free instantly not getting sup ten feet under and trying to reach up to the water and for a knock that you can't reach okay that's the number one key thing for this this part of it number two is going to be the don't panic okay don't don't force things when you're doing when you're anchoring the key thing is don't force things be smooth or let it go okay that's that's the easiest ways that explain stuff you're putting out your anchor the wind blows you all of a sudden you're getting pulled perpendicular to the line and if you've ever anchored that's kind of a nightmare there because then you're getting pulled sideways and then the tension takes you and then you're starting to rock and then if you're not balanced it could tip you over and turtle yeah okay this is where the if you start angling okay take this stuff throw it overboard separate yourself from your cut from your anchoring system don't worry about it okay and you'll see in the video one of my techniques is exactly that is just I don't feel comfortable doing it all in one motion or two I'm doing it and things are not working smoothly and it's getting messed up don't worry about it just throw it overboard and it'll fix itself on the water separate from you paddle back around and reset yourself and get it smooth hook it up and be done okay don't fight things okay if things are choppy you're anchored up everything's good boat comes by kicks up weight you're bouncing all around holy crap or some the current starts taking off and you're starting pulling around you're getting scared okay quick release anchor system let it go okay don't worry about it separate separate yourself in the anchoring you'll find that you're back on just an even plane of just on the on the water floating on your kayak okay you might drift a while back look down scream a bit but no worries you get back get your paddle paddle back up to the anchor you can either pick it up or go beyond it circle around reset yourself and go back to fishing no sweat so that's a key thing and just in the forefront of your mind if things are not right throw it overboard just step rate yourself from the anchors and get back and you can fiddle with it and not be connected get it straightened out get the knots out get get it all aligned correctly and then circle around and get reset up again so just that part of it and then step three is experienced okay practice this first before you start getting out distance wise away from stuff do it right from the shoreline in a foot of water okay a lot of this is just technique okay doing the things in a ritual to style matter and okay when you unwind everything how do the ropes go when you buckle the the the prompts on the the anchor where'd you stash the anchor okay where do you have the hoop so it's easy accessible so when it's come to the time to slip it onto your quick release rope where's it gonna be a catch – okay where's that knife located at in case I have an emergency just like loading and unloading your clap from your vehicle is just if you have a routine okay you're very efficient and you don't miss things you don't forget things you don't do things incorrectly it's no different with the the Kyah anchoring system with that experience do it a few times get that routine down so when you do it in two feet of water it's not going to be any difference than you do it in 30 feet of water okay it won't be any difference than you do it it's in fast currents low current what not is just I do this I do this I throw it out I put it there I wait I hanker go on set okay and just get it to that routine spot where you're just second nature it's no big deal things start messing up you know no big deal I throw it overboard a paddle and so forth okay so that's my safety spill so watch the best video again click on that link below for the original version they're there because you can adopt it however you want to it's not like anything in stone and then I've got it set up on my Hobie but I also have a wilderness systems talking 140 where I've done a nice bucket set up where no drilling holes necessary just got it clipped on the back and all on a quick zigzag which I prefer but I couldn't mount that on my hubby so I didn't go that right but you can check that as well anyways that's anchoring see ya

5 thoughts on “Quick Release Anchoring System (QRAS ) – Keys reef anchoring

  1. Is there a need to tie off thr rope to the spool before throwing it over? Seems like if you only let half the line off the spool lets say and then throw it over, what would keep it from unwinding the rest of the way while in the water. I like your setup. I fish in the pacific nw with power boats previously and now am getting into the kayak fun.

  2. Looks awkward and highly unsafe to me. The method of deploying the anchor in the first place is dangerous and i would not recommend anyone to use it. At 17:34 all the loose line you had just spooled of can be seen wrapped around you're foot as you begin to pedal which is just an accident waiting to happen, If you roll you're yak you would easily become entangled in the line trapping you underwater. Loose rope on board any boat ESPECIALLY kayaks is a death wish.


  4. man i love your videos , lots on info broken down and then put to the test, i dont even own a kayak , seen all your episodes blessings from miami ,tight lines stay safe

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