Trolling motor is much easier and less damaging.
sometimes it isn't enough
Chickenman, when I had my pontoon, (aka wind sail), I would rig up a claw anchor on the front, and a muchroom on the back. There's a chart running around about depth and rope length. I normally used around 80-100ft on the front anchor which allowed me to slide back to the brushpile. Once I knew it was locked up, id move back against the wind and set the mushroom anchor out and start working lines to get over the pile.
It takes a bit of practice, but you'll get the hang of it.
For the record, I've never pulled a pile up with my anchor either