Do You Need An Anchor For Kayak Fishing?

kayak folding anchorKayak fishing is an excellent and affordable way to hit the water. The lightweight, easily transported boat works in shallow rivers and deep lakes. Many of the best kayaks for fishing also come with some storage space for gear, including fishing equipment. Having the ability to paddle out  to any location, it makes finding the right fishing alcove much easier. However, the light boat is also easily moved, so is it necessary to drop anchor while out on the water trying to catch the big one? Yes, but understanding the right kind of anchor for your kayak is important.

Idling Options

When you are out in your ‘yak, there are two basic options for remaining stationary while in the water. The first is to find a sand barge and the second is to toss an anchor overboard. As sand barges are not always readily available, an anchor is usually the best bet. An anchor works the same with kayaks as it would any other boat, just a lighter weight.

Kind of Anchor

Many anglers new to the this activity go for a heavy anchor. After all, the boat is light so a heavier anchor should do the trick. That, however, is not accurate. A heavy anchor can still drag across the bottom of the lake or river while causing damage to the underside of the boat. Kayak fishing anchors do not need to weight more than three pounds. Instead, it is the design and size making all the difference.

A folding anchor works best while on a ‘yak. With such an anchor, the four hooks fold outward and lock into place, grabbing hold of the bottom once tossed over the edge. In a heavy current location, the three pound anchor is the best way to go. For fishing on flats, with little to no current, a 1.5 pound anchor does the trick.

Line Required

On an anchor, there is limited space, so bringing more line than necessary is not always desired. Typically, having seven times more than the water depth is desired. This means if the water depth is 10 feet, the line should measure out to 70 feet. The stronger the current, the less line needed.

Casing the Anchor

As the ‘yak is lightweight and designed to cut through water, placement of the anchor is important. When casting off the anchor, avoiding the side is important. Tossing the anchor from the bow is easy, but having the anchor ahead of the boat can cause some problems as well. It is always best to drop anchor directly behind the ‘yak, but this is only when possible.

Just Slow Down

Sometimes sitting idol on the water isn’t desired, but slowing down to a crawl is. In this event, an anchor doesn’t work out. Instead, a drift chute works perfectly well. The drift chute works similar to a chute on performance racing cars. it creates significant drag, slowing down the boat. A drift chute works best in low to medium current. If there is no current, the chute will just float behind the boat.

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