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#11619879 - 05/23/16 09:47 AM anchoring and anchors
chickenman Offline
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I've been having problems with getting anchors to hold in moderate wind. Also having problems with positioning over piles (even large piles) in moderate winds.

Years ago, I recall a thread about using two anchors to help swing you into position.

Which anchor(s) are you guys using?

If you guys need any help learning how to drag anchors though brushpiles or losing anchors, let me know. I could write a book about it. grin
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#11619887 - 05/23/16 09:50 AM Re: anchoring and anchors [Re: chickenman]
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#11619898 - 05/23/16 09:54 AM Re: anchoring and anchors [Re: chickenman]
REDGUN Offline
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Originally Posted By: chickenman
If you guys need any help learning how to drag anchors though brushpiles or losing anchors, let me know. I could write a book about it. grin


I sure hope this is a joke..... rolleyes rolleyes
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#11619917 - 05/23/16 10:02 AM Re: anchoring and anchors [Re: chickenman]
chickenman Offline
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I've never pulled an anchor through a pile intentionally. It just seems to happen when it doesn't hold/catch.
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#11619927 - 05/23/16 10:05 AM Re: anchoring and anchors [Re: chickenman]
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#11619997 - 05/23/16 10:26 AM Re: anchoring and anchors [Re: chickenman]
fishin'aholic2 Offline
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Trolling motor is much easier and less damaging.
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#11620040 - 05/23/16 10:44 AM Re: anchoring and anchors [Re: fishin'aholic2]
TreeBass Offline
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Originally Posted By: fishin'aholic2
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 thumb
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#11620046 - 05/23/16 10:47 AM Re: anchoring and anchors [Re: TreeBass]
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Originally Posted By: TreeBass
Originally Posted By: fishin'aholic2
Trolling motor is much easier and less damaging.


sometimes it isn't enough



Very true but if my trolling motor wont keep me on a pile then its time to go home or go find something out of the wind.
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#11620482 - 05/23/16 01:47 PM Re: anchoring and anchors [Re: chickenman]
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Drop a bouy where you want the boat to stop. Troll up wind about 100 feet, drop anchor number one from the bow as you drift back towards the pile, adjust drift with trolling motor to make sure you are going to hit your bouy. About 50 feet from the bouy, chuck back anchor starboard out away from the boat. Once it grabs, your boat should now be drifting sideways. Hand line the anchor lines to control drift and to line it up. If you do it right, you should stop right on target.
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#11620583 - 05/23/16 02:28 PM Re: anchoring and anchors [Re: chickenman]
SK. Offline
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I ain't a fan of using a anchor myself.......
You "could" in most cases do a lot of damage to the structure you're planning to fish......
Workn the TM is several times better & like said if the wind is to bad for the TM find another spot out of the wind.
You take a very good chance of making that spot not worth fishn when the wind is right if you drag you're anchor through it.... cool
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#11620740 - 05/23/16 03:44 PM Re: anchoring and anchors [Re: chickenman]
bush hog Offline
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Registered: 06/12/13
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Loc: Beckville, TX
Unless you have an undersized anchor, it sounds like maybe you're not letting out enough rope. Too short of a rope and you anchor will never hold. Multiply your depth(bottom of the lake to the boat cleat) times 7 and that should be the minimal amount of rope to let out. Anchors were in use long before trolling motors came into existence....it's just kind of a lost art. Like everyone else here, I prefer the trolling mtr.... but I will anchor if I have too.


Edited by bush hog (05/23/16 03:52 PM)

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#11621008 - 05/23/16 06:02 PM Re: anchoring and anchors [Re: chickenman]
Slewfoot Offline
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Anchor is a 4 letter word to me but I've seen plenty of folks tear up piles I worked hard to sink with anchors. Even had one guy get his hung up as I was fishing trees nearby waiting on them to leave and then after he snapped his anchor rope it got tangled in his motor then I had to drag him back to the ramp!!! Like a double whammy. I rebuilt that pile and it's never held fish like it did before.

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#11621077 - 05/23/16 06:35 PM Re: anchoring and anchors [Re: chickenman]
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I've been doing it like Mudshark for 35 years and never once drifted through a known brush pile. If my anchor isn't holding I'll pull it long before I drift it through the brush pile. I'll swing around and reset until it all holds. Anchoring is much more effective and enjoyable to me. Once I get anchored good I get quiet and focus on fishing....not staring at a screen or running a trolling motor. I believe trolling motors over a brush pile do more harm to a bite than good. Especially on bass. I could be wrong that's just what I believe.
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#11621126 - 05/23/16 06:54 PM Re: anchoring and anchors [Re: Anchorman]
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Loc: Jack County
I use a couple of box anchors I made, they hold way better than anything else I have tried. They hold my 22' CC well in 20-25 MPH winds. I use the method Mudshark mentioned.
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#11621605 - 05/23/16 09:33 PM Re: anchoring and anchors [Re: chickenman]
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Loc: Texas
Really sad to see some fishermen tear up someones hard work of placing brush piles. I know I for one place many piles out and try to make them "anchor friendly" but it never fails to see some inconsiderate shmuck drop his anchor and drag it though the pile messing up the fishing for EVERYONE at that spot for a while. And most of these numbskulls have trolling motors and could "anchor" with them but they would rather ruin a good pile than "spook" the fish...sad indeed.
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