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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.

Website: yakfish.net/

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# Fish Yaker 2012-05-07 10:20
Nice video Gregg. Why did you go with a 4.5 lb weight for the anchor? I've seen other folks use a 1.5-2 lb drag chain. Can you comment on why you went with such a heavy weight, and any pros and cons that went into the decision? Thanks!
 
 
# Hammerhead 2012-05-07 19:50
FishYaker- I chose the 4.5lb weight because that's what I had available under my work bench. A 2lb anchor would probably work in most situations for most people. I'm not hauling it from 50' so I don't really notice the extra weight, I can easily pull it up with one hand. I tried it out in 15 knot winds the other day and it held firm.

I choose the sash weight over the drag chain because the ponds that I normally fish in are full of fallen trees and anchors regularly get donated. I thought the sash weight stood less chance of getting snagged. I do plan on making a drag chain for rivers, and it is easily swapped out.
 
 
# Charlie 2012-05-24 12:21
Where can you buy a sash weight? I have checked both Lowes and Home Depot and they don't sell them....

Thanks and Great Video!

Charlie
 
 
# Hammerhead 2012-05-27 19:08
Quoting Charlie:
Where can you buy a sash weight? I have checked both Lowes and Home Depot and they don't sell them....

Thanks and Great Video!

Charlie


Charlie ebay is your best bet. You normally can get about 4 for $10 but shipping is the real cost. You might also try a glass shop as they repair windows and might have a source. Living in the Northeast they are quite common at garage sales.

-Gregg
 
 
# RSmith 2012-05-31 09:55
Gregg, I'm going to have to disagree with you. A drag chain is flexible where as the sash weight is not. I've never had issues with my drag chain getting stuck on debris.
 
 
# Hammerhead 2012-05-31 19:03
Quoting RSmith:
Gregg, I'm going to have to disagree with you. A drag chain is flexible where as the sash weight is not. I've never had issues with my drag chain getting stuck on debris.

I lost a drag chain last year before switching to a piece of pipe that I filled with lead half way through the season, that I still have. The ponds I anchor in have very muddy bottoms with a lot of timber and roots. So far this year no lost anchors but I'm knocking on wood right now.
 
 
# YakSushi 2012-05-31 20:49
Gregg I have the same setup, Chip a few years ago gave Adam and I each a sash weight he bought off ebay. I still have it.
 
 
-6 # Timo 2012-08-01 16:33
Way to go.. you made this about 1000x harder than it needed to be. Good job :-|
 
 
# newyakker 2012-12-05 09:44
I have tried 4 dog leashes mostly flex but they wont pick up more than about 8 links of my chain. The links are about 1/4 inch thick.The last one was rated for 140lb dog. Whats up!!
 
 
+2 # YakSushi 2012-12-05 13:56
Quoting newyakker:
I have tried 4 dog leashes mostly flex but they wont pick up more than about 8 links of my chain. The links are about 1/4 inch thick.The last one was rated for 140lb dog. Whats up!!

I have to manually pull the drag anchor up. The spring in the leash is not strong enough to haul it all the way back in by itself. The leash handle is just to keep everything tidy, organized and out of the way.
 
 
# Hammerhead 2012-12-05 19:08
I do it the same way as YakSushi. It just keeps things neat.
 
 
# newyakker 2012-12-05 19:48
Thanks for the replies. Now you tell me. Thought I had to find a leash for a 600lb dog.
 
 
# YakSushi 2012-12-05 20:49
Quoting newyakker:
Thanks for the replies. Now you tell me. Thought I had to find a leash for a 600lb dog.

LOL What you didn't see the elephant leash at PetCo?
 
 
# Gb43 2013-01-22 21:45
Hey where did you get the 1/4 paracord?
 
 
# saxplayer 2013-06-06 22:41
I use a chain for anchor as well, chain will normally ride over brush. In addition by pulling some off the bottom you can adjust the speed of your drift in windy conditions. Used this technique in larger fishing baot drifting for crappies as well.
 

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