Kayak Fishing Club of the Palm Beaches
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Anchors for your Kayak
To anchor your kayak while you are fishing, or any time you just want to stay in one place while on the water, there are a number of ways that work, depending on depth, etc. Even a simple diving weight tied to a string can work in many cases for a kayak or canoe.
Here are some common types of anchors to hold on to the bottom when the water is a bit too deep for just sticking a pole in the sand or mud (or you do not have a pole or do not want to use it).
This is a Claw Anchor and a number of our members are just “discovering” how convenient it can be.
Note the hole for tying the main line to the back or bottom of the anchor to pull it out if caught under rocks, etc. The line should be tied off the top hole with a small piece of fishing line (or a plastic cable tie) that can be broken if need be so the anchor can be pulled out of trouble.
Here is the Danforth Fluke anchor. It is quite inexpensive, light, and holds well in a number of situations, but has no way to get it up if the flukes really get caught under something.
This Slip Ring Anchor below is like the Danforth above, but if it gets caught on the bottom, all one has to do is paddle against the current (or wind) so that pulling on the rope “the other way” will slide the ring to the bottom of the anchor and pull it right out.
Most of the members in our club have a small Folding Grapnel type of anchor that looks like this one below. They come in sizes from one pound up to many pounds. It, too, should have the main anchor line attached to the bottom of the anchor and a hole is molded into virtually every one for that. Again, the top hole should have the line fastened to it by a plastic cable tie or fishing line that can be broken if the anchor gets caught on the bottom and could otherwise not be pulled up.
Most will discard the “U bolt” at the top or use it for something else.
These next two photos show a small 1½ pound Folding Grapnel with the anchor line fastened at the bottom and held to the top with a small cable tie.
The Mushroom Anchor is also used by a good number of our members. It holds best in soft bottoms like mud or sand. Most of the time it has no way to pull it out backwards, so it is best to use it on soft bottoms. Some are coated in a rubber compound so that they are quiet on or in the kayak.
The Mighty Mite Hook and Release Anchor below is a pretty new concept for me. Mark Nichols, of DOA fame, likes it and makes his own from heavy copper wire. The tines are malleable and designed to bend out and release from structure when enough pressure is applied. People that fish on wrecks like these for hooking onto a wreck without needing a lot of weight. It works on most any type bottom too.
Sea Anchors come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be as simple as tying a line to an open bucket and dragging it through the water to slow you down in the wind or keep you facing in whatever direction you want in wind or current. The drawing shows a line fastened to the back to help pull it back to the kayak.
And this drawing shows putting some holes in the bottom of a bucket to make it more controllable as a sea anchor.
There are others, but these are the most common anchors I have seen in our club. I have not included a pole to stick in the bottom to hold your kayak in shallow water. That can be as simple as an old broom handle or length of PVC pipe and there are some really nice commercial ones. I have two commercial anchor poles. One is 5 1/2 feet long, fiberglass, with a neat attachment, and cost quite a bit. The other store bought one is made from PVC pipe and is 6 feet long. Yes, I like both of them, but most of the time you will see me with the totally free one I got from an old broom (I kept the wooden handle – sometimes the metal handle – when I threw out the old broom).
Another one I really like is home made from 3/4 inch PVC pipe (1/2 and 1 inch will also work well for kayaks) with a “T” on the top for a handle (or sometimes a short push pole). A cap can be put on the (stick in the bottom) end and on the ends of the “T” to seal it all up if you want. I just stick mine inside the anchor trolley so do not need a line attached (but I made provision for that anyway). It is simple and really cheap and it works.