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Topic: Quick Release Anchor System~Step-By-Step Tutorial  (Read 38211 times)

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My personal feeling is to not anchor up while rock fishing.  The ocean can be a bit unpredictable so I have mixed feelings on anchoring in the ocean(kayak).  I find it much better to clip off to the kelp or use a drift sock.  Just my personal opinion.
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If you anchor in the ocean be prepared to not only lose your anchor, but probably flip your kayak too. It is not safe. Too many variables with the swell unpredictability being the biggest.
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It's generally not a good idea, and usually dificult, to anchor on rocky reefs.  If/when you do hook the anchor, your most likely not getting it back.  The drift sock works well!


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FishingForTheCure and RacinRob,  thanks for suggestions! I gave up the idea of anchoring for rock fishing.


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FishingForTheCure and RacinRob,  thanks for suggestions! I gave up the idea of anchoring for rock fishing.
If your looking to fish for rockies on a windy day, give a kelp clip/anchor a try:

 

I have one, but usually just toss some kelp over my foot and pin it with my footpeg.  Then I can let go easily just by lifting up my foot.  You can also try a drift anchor, to slow you down in windy conditions, making it easier to fish vertically. :smt002


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FishingForTheCure and RacinRob,  thanks for suggestions! I gave up the idea of anchoring for rock fishing.
It's just a suggestion.  As you target certain species, you will learn what works best for you and innovative ways to make it better.

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thanks for the great tips


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...it's also good to have quick access to a knife in case your quick release is not quick enough  :smt045


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Rather than drilling holes to install a pad and cleat, I found it a lot easier to just tie the poly rope to the handles on each side on my kayak. The quick release is achieved by using a highwayman's knot on one or both sides.  The other advantage of using this approach is that the poly rope can be tossed around the bow of the kayak as easily as the stern in case you want to face upstream. A cleat will only hold in one direction, so the poly rope can only go around the stern.

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I am really surprised how few of you guys use a trolley system. In the UK it is the preferred method as it is very easy to switch from bow to stern anchoring if required, It also allows for the anchor to be retrieved at the stern or bows to make keep the kayak more stable than raising amidships.
It also makes dropping the anchor again much simpler as the is no need to re-thread through pad eyes.

We anchor regularly in the UK using grapnels in the main with at leas a metre of chain to keep the anchor flat to the sea bed and a warp of at least 3 times depth. Most of our locations would max out at 3-4 knots.  Are your tides much greater than this? Is this why some of you don't advocate anchoring?

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Anchoring in the ocean is an accident waiting to happen. 3-10' swells, wind to 20 sometimes, extremely rocky bottoms. Anchor will no doubt get lifted off the bottom or stuck very easily.  If it gets stuck on the down swell and then you raise up 6' you will capsize. Rivers, no problem anytime.
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To tag onto Mooch's not of a knife.....

   I found one of these & keep it at the READY for lines (fishing, downrigger, etc...)  NEVER know if or when you might get tangled with the bottom or a passing by trolling boat.  Less than $7 @ West Marine.  Mine is a high-vis. yellow.

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Anchoring in the ocean is an accident waiting to happen. 3-10' swells, wind to 20 sometimes, extremely rocky bottoms. Anchor will no doubt get lifted off the bottom or stuck very easily.  If it gets stuck on the down swell and then you raise up 6' you will capsize. Rivers, no problem anytime.

I have to disagree. That is the reason for a minimum of a warp at least 3 x depth and the length of chain on the anchor to keep it flatter. An anchor is designed to 'anchor' which means it gets stuck. If a bridle is used on the shaft or if the chain is attached to the bottom of the anchor with a shackle and a weak link to the eye at the top of the shaft an anchor can often be released.

Anchoring is a skill and as such should be taught by a competent person on the water. Used correctly and in not too extreme conditions it is safe and productive.

I have to caution on your comment ' Rivers, no problem anytime.' I would ask people to exercise the same caution on rivers as on the sea. Do not be misled into believing rivers are safe. THEY ARE NOT!

Sorry to appear confrontational in one of my first posts but feel duty bound to be frank.  :smt001

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I did the anchor thing when I used to fish for sturgeon in the Bay. Never felt comfortable anchoring a kayak in moving water. IMO, kayaks and canoes were really not meant to be anchored.

*Although I don't have a problem using an anchor in a lake on calm conditions.

....just my 2 cents


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No problem Terry. I really see no need to anchor in the ocean anyway. If you don't catch a fish in the first min or two in one spot you need to move. The other thing is in the ocean, at least here we are typically fishing from 60-180' of water. 3x that in rope is way too much to deal with out there. No need to worry about speaking your mind here.
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