There is one piece of equipment all kayak anglers will need at one time or another to make their day less stressful on the water - an anchor. Let’s face it - wind and current are never going to go away, and there are not enough days where the winds are less than 5 mph. The choice is simple: stay home and do housework, or go fishing and use an anchor system to your advantage to combat the conditions and catch fish.
As a member of the Malibu Kayaks Pro Staff, I get the opportunity to travel all over our great state, fishing in numerous kayak fishing tournaments and taking part in demonstration days, and I have noticed one thing that most all kayakers have in common. We love to customize our rides towards the type of fishing we like to do. Whether you stalk the flats in search of tailing redfish or patrol the depths for grouper, you can rig you’re kayak to meet those needs.
The kind of bottom surface you're kayak fishing over will determine what kind of anchor you want to use. The depth of the water will also play a role in your decision as well. The following are some personal preferences that I have acquired for the different places I fish.
"Hang Out With Your Wang Out" Yup thats the slogan at wang anchors. This kayak fishing accessory looks like a great anchor system that you could use in either your anchor trolly or push through the scupper hole of your kayak.
Anchor trolleys allow you to move the anchor from the bow to the stern or vice versa. You may need to anchor from a certain point on the boat depending on the current.
Deploying the anchor sounds like Childs play, just throw it over the side and wait for it to hit the bottom then tie the rope off on the side of your kayak. Let’s go through what can go wrong first. Ok I’m out at sea and the tide is running from north and I throw the anchor over the south side of my kayak and let out enough rope for the anchor to hold bottom then quickly tie off on the south side of my kayak. Now I could be in trouble if the tide is running fast because the tide will want to push me and the kayak down tide, this is going to put strain on the anchor rope, it will want to pull the south side of the kayak down and at the same time the tide that is coming from the north is going to want to push under the kayak helping the anchor that is pulling. The result can be you go for a swim or you have to cut your anchor rope leaving your anchor on the bottom of the sea bed.
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Anchoring on a kayak is very easily done if you have a method and the right equipment to get the job done. The first problem we encounter when anchoring off the kayak is that when we tie off the anchor to the kayak it is going to be in a area near the seating position because this is the area that we can comfortably reach, well the problem is that this would mean that the kayak would broadside to the current or wind and this not only could be messy and wet but dangerous. The solution is to anchor line to run either off the stern or the bow.