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Kayak Anchor Wizard

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While working a recent show, I checked out a product that I saw a couple years ago at another fishing show. Since I am trying to rig my kayak to fish the west Michigan streams for steelhead, I saw the advantage of the “Kayak Anchor Wizard”. Anchor Wizard is a company that will help you find an anchoring solution for whatever style of boat you have, including kayaks.

The Anchor Wizard has a revolutionary spool design that holds up to 60’of 1/8” anchor line. When the handle is turned backwards, the anchor free-falls. You regulate the speed of the drop by feathering the handle back and forth. Releasing more line will allow you to work your kayak along a drop or weed line to help position yourself over a particular area to fish.

The Anchor Wizard reel can be locked by a simple clockwise crank of the handle to hold your position in wind or current. When you’re ready to move to a new spot, crank the spool clockwise to take up the line until your anchor shaft enters the flanged nosepiece tube, out of the water and atop your kayak.

The Anchor Wizard is made of cast 319 aluminum, and can be used in salt or fresh water. I now have one installed on the bow of my Hobie “Pro Angler”, with an 8lb mushroom anchor. This is about the maximum weight the Anchor Wizard will handle. Once I get a break in the weather with the right conditions to try it out, I will do a review.

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Richard Ofner

Richard Ofner started fishing in the fall of 2008 from a kayak, targeting all freshwater species. He has fished all over the Great Lakes Region from Lake Michigan, Lake Superior to the French River,  and Bay of Quinte in Eastern Ontario. Taking advantage of all the opportunities Southwestern Ontario has to offer, Richard seeks out trophy Muskie, Walleye and Bass which can all be caught minutes away from where he lives.  The last few years Richard has ventured into Kentucky, Louisiana, and Texas participating in several Kayak Fishing Tournaments.

He has organized the Border City Classic, in Windsor, Ontario which has grown to become one of  the Great Lakes Region’s largest Kayak Fishing Events. It is also one of the Hobie World Qualifiers since 2014. 

During the winter months where he can't get on the water he will do seminars, work fishing and boat shows, and write for blogs to help promote the areas vast resource of fishing opportunities and helping others to discover the sport of kayak fishing. Taking videos and pictures on the water of other people fishing in kayaks has also expanded into his kayak fishing experience.  
As a Hobie Fishing Team Member you may see Richard out in one of his Mirage Driven Kayaks mainly targeting Walleye, Bass, and Muskie, and will travel a few hours to target Salmon, Trout, and Sturgeon.

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