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#10898770 - 06/05/15 10:18 PM Anchor line management
collincountytx Offline
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Loc: Dallas, TX
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






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#10915911 - 06/13/15 11:24 PM Re: Anchor line management [Re: collincountytx]
Fishface007 Offline
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This is slick! Wondered what you meant by "after you've dropped the anchor run the line through the free carabiner...."

Meaning once the anchor is on bottom, open clip and place that line within ring?

Curious what type of anchor your using.

I need to get started on this project.
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#10916038 - 06/14/15 07:04 AM Re: Anchor line management [Re: collincountytx]
collincountytx Offline
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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.

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#10916053 - 06/14/15 07:22 AM Re: Anchor line management [Re: collincountytx]
Brad R Offline
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Loc: Texas
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.

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#10916056 - 06/14/15 07:29 AM Re: Anchor line management [Re: collincountytx]
Brad R Offline
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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.

It holds like a champ.

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#10916172 - 06/14/15 09:17 AM Re: Anchor line management [Re: collincountytx]
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I have started using a dive reel

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#10916545 - 06/14/15 01:41 PM Re: Anchor line management [Re: collincountytx]
Fishface007 Offline
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Registered: 04/25/15
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Loc: frisco
Brad, assume u mean float / eye hook to swivel to leash line to avoid float wrapping itself up?
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#10916856 - 06/14/15 05:25 PM Re: Anchor line management [Re: collincountytx]
collincountytx Offline
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Without a swivel, the bungee leash from the float to the anchor trolley ring can twist. So far, it hasn't been a significant issue.
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#10937912 - 06/24/15 03:39 PM Re: Anchor line management [Re: collincountytx]
Goatchaser Offline
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Registered: 11/30/14
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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.

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#10938786 - 06/24/15 11:49 PM Re: Anchor line management [Re: collincountytx]
collincountytx Offline
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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
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#10948861 - 06/30/15 11:44 AM Re: Anchor line management [Re: collincountytx]
xmatador Offline
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Here is my cheap solution. I'm just cheap grin
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#11123291 - 09/23/15 05:06 PM Re: Anchor line management [Re: collincountytx]
AdanV Offline
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Loc: Katy, TX
That's awesome.

What I do, is tie 'loop knots' in 2 foot intervals on the anchor line.
I have a carbiner attached to the anchor trolley.

If I need more anchor line, I release the needed line and clip the following loop knot onto it.
If I need less, I just unclip and take in more and clip on the following loop knot.

All the line that's not needed is rolled onto a piece of pool noodle.
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#11181729 - 10/23/15 05:58 PM Re: Anchor line management [Re: collincountytx]
fishinpreacher Offline
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Registered: 04/18/12
Posts: 653
Loc: Winnie, Texas
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.

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#11286081 - 12/16/15 01:28 PM Re: Anchor line management [Re: collincountytx]
Matty Offline
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Registered: 06/17/06
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Loc: Plano
With the detergent bottle, is it difficult to get the rope back into the bucket? Seems like it would come out easy enough but may be a bit tedious to put it back in.
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#11289601 - 12/17/15 11:51 PM Re: Anchor line management [Re: collincountytx]
fishinpreacher Offline
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Pretty easy if you unscrew the cap and pull the line through and hand feed into the bottle. The only time I ever do that is when I'm through using the anchor.
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