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Monday, 07 May 2012 02:00

Ep 03: Dog Leash Kayak Anchor

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Ep 03: Dog Leash Kayak Anchor Photographs by Gregg Crisp

Anchors are one of the first things people add to their fishing kayaks. There are many ways to do it, and there will be several YakAngler Workshop Episodes on the subject. In this episode, I add a dog leash type anchor setup to my Jackson “Coosa”.

Episode 3 Dog Leash Anchor Set-Up

In this episode, I install flush dog leash type anchor setup. It’s important to remember that there is no way to quickly release this anchor if it snags. You need to have a knife that can quickly cut the line in an emergency. Because of this, you should use anchors that have a low probability of getting snagged, such as a drag chain or a sash weight.

The materials for this project can be easily found at the local hardware store or online retailers:

  • Retractable dog leash - string type, not webbing
  • ¼” Paracord
  • Zip ties
  • Needle and thread (Braided fishing line can be used instead of thread)
  • 3/8” heat shrink tubing
  • Pad eyes and attaching hardware as necessary for your kayak (the Coosa comes with them
    factory installed)
  • An anchor (I used a sash weight, but a drag chain would also be a good choice)

The tool list is also pretty basic:

  • Cutting tool for the cord
  • A drill and properly sized drill bit if you need to install pad eyes
  • Heat source for the shrink wrap

sash weight kayak anchor

The YakAngler Workshop is a series of articles and videos I am putting together with tips, tricks, and how-tos centered around kayak fishing. In these articles, I hope to share with you not just how I do things, but why. I’m also looking for your requests and ideas for new episodes. If you have a suggestion, please post it in the YakAngler Workshop Suggestions forum. As with most things in life, there are multiple ways to do things, and I will be presenting one or maybe a few ways to do a project. We will have a forum topic for each episode so everyone can share their thoughts. Please share your suggestions and ideas in the comments below. We’ll see you out on the water.

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Gregg Crisp

About the Author:

Gregg Crisp has been an avid fisherman all of his life. In 2007 he rented his first kayak and discovered kayak fishing.  A year later a new one was in his driveway and he has never looked back. He frequents the waters around Boston in search of Striped Bass, and also spends plenty of time chasing Black Bass in the sweet water.  As an environmental contractor he has traveled and lived all over the United States, having fished in over 20 states. He currently resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two sons. Gregg authors the Blog YakFish.net, is part of the Yak Angler, Werner PaddlesRat-L-Trap & YakDaddy.net  ProStaff and is a member of the Jackson Kayak Fishing Team.