Dealing with 50-100ft of line can be a big pain. After trying several different methods (cord holder, retractable clothesline, pool noodle) I think I've found the best method for 40-70ft of anchor line. I know some use a dive reel, and I did consider that, but this is more compact. Dive reel might be better for 100ft+
Components and tools Lindy float marker buoy 2 eye screws 4 carabiners Bungee cord JB weld metal to plastic formula Drill and drill bit
One end of the bungee connects to the anchor trolley ring the other end to the float eye ring with carabiners at both ends. After you have dropped the anchor run the line through the free carabiner at the other end of the Lindy float eye ring--this prevents additional line from coming off the buoy
Sorry, I had the feeling I didn't explain things perfectly. I use an 8lb mushroom anchor (at most Academies, some Wmarts) I'll try to find a video of a similar design showing someone running the dropped anchor line through the free carabiner. For salt fishing, I'd recommend using a Bruce Claw anchor with a quick release system (no carabiner to anchor) Mushroom anchors are fine for the mostly clay/grassy bottom lakes of north east Texas.
Similar design using PVC--video shows wrapping the anchor line in the free carabiner.
I have the same set up I copied from YouTube's yakntexas contributor.
One thing: It requires a swivel connector else the leash line from the float back to the anchor trolley will wrap itself up on occasion, at least it did it to me several times, and this issue is mentioned in the comments on the yakntexas video.
An easy fix, though.
It works great doesn't it? And, it keeps that big hank of anchor line out of your vessel where it is in the way and often gets knotted up between anchoring out. The unused anchor line is either floating outside the boat on the reel, or when brought aboard, is coiled up on the device.
I meant to add in my comment that the concept of running the anchor line from the coiled up rope through the carabiner and down to the anchor, just once is all that is necessary, is similar to what one's finger does to hold the line for casts on a spinnning reel.
It creates a 90 degree angle to the spool coil and shuts down the feeding out of line. For casting on spinning tackle, you can then whip your rod back and forward and the line won't budge until you release the finger.
At first glance, many people would assume the line would just continue to feed off the floating spool, but it doesn't.
This is a great idea, looks clean and just too cool. More info please. The lindy float buoy ??? Is it solid on the ends so as to drill/screw in the eye bolts ? Are you filling the drill holes at ends of buoy with the J B weld plastic formula first before you insert eye screws ? Thanks in advance.
Easy to drill the holes into the floats. The floats are hollow--I've read of some people injecting expandable foam into the holes, but I didn't. I just drilled the holes, and then coated the eye bolt screws with JB weld metal/plastic formula and hand screwed in the eye bolts.
There are many different float markers in this style. Lindy is just one of the brand options (found one at Cabela's--but available on amazon.com also).
Berkley's version--out of stock on the Berkley website, but available on Amazon.com
I use empty detergent bottles to store my anchor line. it is an easy to distribute the line and also acts as a bouy to mark the line if you have to abandon it to follow a big fish. just drill a hole, the same size as the rope you're using, in the cap and create a large knot at the end so the rope won't pull completely out.