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Kayak anchoring

Discussion in 'Sea Fishing Forum - Shore, Boat & Kayak Fishing' started by andym, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. andym

    andym Rockling

    Hope this is of some use just thought I would share my method for anchoring in my view it is a very safe way to anchor a Kayak either to a conventional anchor setup,drogue,pot buoy or even another anchored Kayak angler

    First of all I have a pad eye fixed bow and stern

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    with the anchor trolley line running between the two on small pulley blocks attached with a short length of shock cord I also use a small S/S p clip to stop the line from straying into my footwells and I have a small clamcleat riveted onto the bond strip so I can lock the trolley off bow or stern and a small S/S carabiner

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    Then onto the anchor system I use a 2 part method firstly the anchor, dive reel, Buoy and loop of floating rope

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    Probably worth mentioning I use a bridle type setup on my anchor so if snagged a paddle uptide will usually get the anchor to trip/pull out inverted and saves messing with weak links I have not found I needed any chain at all to hold position but do understand that some of you do need a length of chain to get a good bite from the anchor

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    So once I'm over the position I want to drop anchor I drop the anchor over the uptide side of the yak and let the dive reel spin until it hits bottom then manually pull out a further 2 times the water depth being carefull as to not get any warp wrapped around the (in my case STEALTH's Fixed) rudder! Then lock the dive reel off and dump the lot over board with the Buoy atttached to the dive reel and a large loop of floating rope


    So now you have your equivellent of a pot bouy exactly where you want to fish onto the second part I have a winder with a length of floating rope on it wityh a rope float and S/S carabiner on one end

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    This threads through the carabiner on the anchor trolley and the trolley is then locked off at the stern with the tag end of the rope tied off to my side handle of the yak using a 'Highwayman's Hitch' knot


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    Once I'm in this stage I can paddle back upto my buoy and clip onto the length of floating rope behind the buoy with the caribiner on the end of the floating rope thus anchored from the stern securely but in the reassuring knowledge that one pull on the tag end of the highway mans hitch will see the rope slide through the anchor trolley carabiner jetisoning the full set up to retrieve at my leisure usefull for quickly paddling over tp photograph a mates fish or dash to shore for a pee break

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    Obviously once you get the hang of this and depending on speed of tide you can do this as a one part method and it is very fast and safe to deploy but I've demonstrated the 2 part aimed at anyone new to anchoring their Kayak its also the method taught at the BCU run course at Runswick and it was the one method that Ken Oliver and Kim Bull helped me Iron out as I used to just have a quick release clip instead of the Highwaymans hitch but small changes can make all the difference when things start to go wrong.



    Now onto hauling the anchor I use two different methods depending on conditions the first not much tide or swell and the anchor not snagged simply paddle back to the anchor bouy get it on board and put the warp around the sole of my foot and haul and reel I can help maintain my direction with the rudder pedals as I do this and if things go wrong I can throw the lot over the side as the Kayak isnt connected to it at all

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    The second method I use if its vital to stay bow on to tide wind or swell or if the anchor is snagged solid is to put the warp through the carabiner on the anchor trolley and lock it off at the bow and haul until over the top of the anchor or paddle upto it or beyond it to break it out only small problem is that if the worst happens you are connected via the warp to the kayak but a simple cut through will see you safely free again

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    Just my way of doing things wont work for everyone as with all things but has served me well



    All the bits for rigging and useful advice can be found here: http://wet-and-wild.co.uk/water/anchoring
     
  2. Sambo

    Sambo To the MAX!

    Great post Andy and nicely done. Essential info there for anyone looking to fish at anchor.
     
  3. jase

    jase Whitby Fishing Forum _ Simply The Best

    Very good post for the newbie's to kayak fishing mate. Andy showed me this set up and method of anchoring up when i first started kayaking and i must say its very easy and most importantly SAFE! Well posted mate.
     
  4. Easy Yakker

    Easy Yakker simply messing about in boats

    A good, clear post on how to anchor and retrieve in safety - something I think many people find difficult, particularly in a strong tide.
     
  5. carpyken

    carpyken New Member

    Really good concise article that Andy, good knowledge for those just starting out.

    All the component parts can be purchased online here: www.wet-and-wild.co.uk :)

    Ken
     

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