How do you keep your anchor line from getting tangled? I'm about to get a cord reel from Home Depot and use that but I wasn't sure if any of yall had any better methods. The cord reel seems a bit bulky. Rope is 100' long.
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been using a thicker 50' poly rope for deep water anchoring. also like white or yellow because they are easier to see.
ive found them easier to use because they are cheap, handle easier, float & dont twist as often as nylon ropes or cords. The longer the rope & smaller the diameter, the harder its going to handle, & untangle but easier it will be to store. the best solution i heard of is to make quick connects that will join two 25' peaces together n carry them both. combining two ropes, two retractable dog leashes or a rope to the end of a retractable dog leash will. this way your always ready for deep or shallow water.
25' plus ropes are going to tangle. to minimize, coil them properly on the retrieve. here R just a few methods used:
winding them usually twist them n causes them to kink up then tangle. i dont recommend using a cord reel. i tried it a few times but didnt like it at all. just methodically shove it into a mesh bag so it will also dry before re-stowing.
also best to untwist them when u can. for creeks n rivers, a drag chain, closed up claw anchor or dumbbell work fine as does a stake out pole & brush grabber. less than 20' i will also recommend a retractable dog leash on the other end of your anchor for fast-n-easy deployment/retrieval.
The best (easiest yet functional ) reel I have found is a device made for containing electric extension cord that is sold at home depot ( http://toolmonger.com/2010/06/15/mmmm-cord-organizer/ ). It looks like an orange "yo-yo" about 10-11 inches in diameter. The line winds quickly and is held at any position by friction.
I also use these: http://www.lowes.com/pd_75288-1373-K-153PDQ_0__?productId=1260167&Ntt=cord+reel&pl=1¤tURL=%3FNtt%3Dcord%2Breel&facetInfo=
I use them for winding trot-lines and other stuff also as they are really cheap. About $1 each.
I have some 6" diameter solid "pool noodle" that works as a combo float and spool. It is what I use for deep water where I might need to bail out and drop the anchor.
I use a quick release regardless of what I am using. I have hardware solutions but I usually just use a knot that can be released with a jerk. That is usually determined by the wind and wave action the secure point is having to deal with. A short piece of PVC (6" or so) with a hole through one end is usually just stuck into a molded in rod holder behind me that I don't use. When I need to us the trolley, I just fold the anchor line around a small piece of foam and stuff it into the stainless loop securing the two ends of the trolley. A hard jerk releases it from the trolley and everything else just drags overboard as I pull away.
Loc: Upper Guadalupe River
Originally Posted By: Fish ZoMbiE
Originally Posted By: Striper Swiper
I've seen some people use the bigger sized laundry detergent jugs with a hole drilled in the cap. I'm going to try a milk jug to see if it'll hold my line.
is this kinda what your talking about?
im not a fan of this method. its great for deployment but not so much for storage. also, where is the flotation?
let me add there is no right or wrong way to do this stuff. what works great for one doesnt necessarily work for all. use what works best for you.
I made one of these yesterday for a friend of mine. I used a gatorade bottle and drilled a hole in the lid and the bottom. I tied a loop in the end of a rope and put it through the bottom hole. Then i made knots too big to fit through the bottom hole. Now it can be latched to the yak and feed back in without the fear of it falling out the otherside.
It does deploy with ease but reloading the bottle is a pain. Not so bad you wouldnt do it but enough to where you may only do it once a day.
Actually the bottle acts as a bouy, some have remained over night without sinking.
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To everyone: Again, aint no right or wrong way IMO. But, Creek anchoring is not the same as offshore anchoring. Keep this in mind when folks say "i use 10' of clothes line & a 5lbs weight." Do what works well for you. I have different setups pre-rigged that ill throw in the truck before i take off. Lots of methods for lots of situations.