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#10919798 - 06/16/15 07:21 AM Shallow Water Anchor Length
MudCat'83 Offline
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Registered: 02/26/07
Posts: 73
Loc: Galveston County
I'm looking at either 8' or 10', push pin type, fiberglass shallow water anchors for my 17' all-weld.

Just to be clear, I'm not even considering the Powerpole or Talon type anchors. All I need is a pole to stick in the mud.

Anyhow, I've priced out my options, measured my boat and still can't decide on either 8' or 10'.

I'd love to hear from some of you with experience with these type anchors. What water depth can I realistically expect to anchor in with a 8' pole? 10'?

It would seem that I'd need about 2' in the mud to hold and another 2' above the water surface. Based on this math I'd guesstimate that I could expect to anchor in 4' of water with an 8' anchor and 6' of water with a 10' pole. What do y'all think?

Thanks in advance, I appreciate any info, shared experience, tips or tricks regarding the matter
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#10919818 - 06/16/15 07:31 AM Re: Shallow Water Anchor Length [Re: MudCat'83]
smooth move Offline
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Registered: 10/14/12
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Loc: bayou vista,tx
get the 10'. if you want it shorter, cut it off.
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#10919821 - 06/16/15 07:33 AM Re: Shallow Water Anchor Length [Re: MudCat'83]
BODA Offline
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Registered: 06/10/14
Posts: 219
Loc: Eagle Mountain Lake
8ft should work fine, get 2, holds my 21RFL in anything water I care to fish. I've stuck them in the bottom in 25mph winds, and the pole will bend and disappear underwater, but still hold the boat

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#10919835 - 06/16/15 07:45 AM Re: Shallow Water Anchor Length [Re: MudCat'83]
MudCat'83 Offline
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Loc: Galveston County
Thanks for the info BODA. 25mph winds huh? Geez. I think I'll go with the 8' poles.

Quote:
get the 10'. if you want it shorter, cut it off.


I'll be attaching a stainless tip and handle with epoxy on either end. Also, the 10' are considerably more expensive due to freight costs.
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#10919977 - 06/16/15 08:52 AM Re: Shallow Water Anchor Length [Re: MudCat'83]
BODA Offline
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Registered: 06/10/14
Posts: 219
Loc: Eagle Mountain Lake
I would however look into a bracket of some type, its a pain trying to get a good bite on sand bottom the wind is up

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#10920007 - 06/16/15 09:06 AM Re: Shallow Water Anchor Length [Re: MudCat'83]
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I have both the 7' and 8foot Stick it Pins. In end up using the 7 more. You don't necessarily need 2 feet above the water. I'll drive mine right down into the water. You do need to get it deep enough in the mud in deeper water since your boat will have more leverage on it in deeper water.

Where do you fish and how deep do you usually fish?
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#10920058 - 06/16/15 09:21 AM Re: Shallow Water Anchor Length [Re: MudCat'83]
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Registered: 01/29/05
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Loc: Marble Falls/Seadrift
Get whichever fits inside your boat best.
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#10920075 - 06/16/15 09:26 AM Re: Shallow Water Anchor Length [Re: MudCat'83]
MudCat'83 Offline
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Registered: 02/26/07
Posts: 73
Loc: Galveston County
I fish in widely varying conditions; catfish both shallow and deep, redfish usually in salt flats, I flounder gig over sand a oyster beds, I duck hunt and occasionally I fish for trout. I'd say I'm usually fishing in <6' of water. My boat really isn't a open-water rig. However, she's a tank that gets pretty skinny.

If the 8' poles will hold me in 6' of water, that's all I'll really ever need.

Thanks again for the info gents. I really do appreciate the help.
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