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#11597906 - 05/11/16 08:10 PM Kayak question
MikeAllison Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 02/02/16
Posts: 13
Loc: Tyler Texas
I am considering buying a kayak but I have a question. How to do hold the position of a kayak in the wind or current enough to fish a spot effectively. I know there are pedal driven kayaks and electric anchors but they both put a kayak out of my budget.

#11598214 - 05/11/16 09:36 PM Re: Kayak question [Re: MikeAllison]
Matty Offline

Registered: 06/17/06
Posts: 163
Loc: Plano
I just use an anchor and rope. Easy to carry, cheap and works in any depth with enough line.

#11598226 - 05/11/16 09:43 PM Re: Kayak question [Re: MikeAllison]
Tallgrass05 Online   content
bill maher's protege

Registered: 03/02/05
Posts: 39777
Loc: Kansas
Anchor and a rope. The claw style anchor works better than the folding grapnel style anchor you often see. I attached a small zigzag cleat to the side of my kayak to secure the anchor rope to. Many people use an anchor trolley to hold themselves at the right angle. A drift sock also can be used to slowly drift over a spot.

#11599620 - 05/12/16 02:26 PM Re: Kayak question [Re: MikeAllison]
BigBassB Online   content

Registered: 01/18/16
Posts: 137
Loc: Van Alstyne
As others have said, anchor, rope, and make sure to have an anchor trolley. Makes all the difference.

Windy days can be tough though, I usually stay in protected coves if I can help it. There are days that I get pretty frustrated dealing with the wind.

Edited by BigBassB (05/12/16 02:27 PM)
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#11601008 - 05/13/16 10:15 AM Re: Kayak question [Re: MikeAllison]
christian myrick Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/03/11
Posts: 2974
Loc: little elm
Anchor and anchor trolley is key. I lime the bruce claw and 100ft of 5/16 cord...not para tangles too bad.

#11601036 - 05/13/16 10:30 AM Re: Kayak question [Re: MikeAllison]
Astro77 Offline
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Registered: 06/03/13
Posts: 939
Loc: Tyler, TX
I fish pretty shallow most time so my 8' stake out pole works for me.
Fight the good fight - 1 Tim. 6:12

#11601941 - 05/13/16 07:19 PM Re: Kayak question [Re: MikeAllison]
MikeAllison Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 02/02/16
Posts: 13
Loc: Tyler Texas
thanks for the info very helpful. I will probably get anchor and trolley as well as a stake out pole.

#11602239 - 05/13/16 10:52 PM Re: Kayak question [Re: MikeAllison]
hook-line&sinker Offline
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Registered: 01/02/03
Posts: 8912
Loc: Bryan, Texas
regular kayak anchor on one end of a 20ft rope and a two foot length of tow chain on the other..
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#11602384 - 05/14/16 06:36 AM Re: Kayak question [Re: MikeAllison]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 01/18/03
Posts: 15152
Loc: South Texas
You might as well add a brush clip as well. You may not have use for one all the time, but when you have the opportunity to use one it's better than an anchor.
Just one more cast!

#11602545 - 05/14/16 08:42 AM Re: Kayak question [Re: MikeAllison]
YAKnIT Offline

Registered: 08/26/12
Posts: 125
Anchor and trolley. Gotta have it. You want to think about where you want the trolley (left or right side).

I don't use actual brush clips, but it can be very useful to tie off to a tree or piece of brush. Be careful to keep your line above the water so you can get it back off the tree, or get a real brush clip. If you are fishing standing timber, this is a much better method than dropping an anchor. I sometimes work my way down a bank by tying off to one tree, then another, etc. Its faster, you don't spook fish so much, and you don't risk an anchor getting tangled up and lost.

#11606308 - 05/16/16 03:38 PM Re: Kayak question [Re: MikeAllison]
Coolshot Offline

Registered: 03/10/14
Posts: 222
Loc: Bryan, Texas
Try attaching your anchor to a cheap retractable dog leash!! Keeps the rope out of the way! wink


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