Date: 11 May 2018. For the
Fishermen (anchoring system)
all, please know I am the world's worst fisherman. Fish do not fear
me. In fact I have seen a fish suck my bait into their mouth and spit
out a perfectly clean hook more than once! For details on that see the
article. However a while back I ran into a successful fisherman who used a
different anchoring system than I. Here is what he does.
Boats that can rapidly get to the fishing grounds are
prized by their owners.
fellows who are fortunate enough to own fishing boats have priorities.
described is only for boaters stopping for a few hours.
You MUST be aware of your surroundings as this anchoring system
could fail. Your boat might drag and that is never a good thing!
The shackle is attached to the head of the anchor.
The chain is wire-tied to the base of the anchor shaft.
Anchors such as the one pictured above are often used in rocky
areas. The spikes hook into the bottom and will secure your boat in
indeed is the problem. The anchor can hold too well. Thus retrieval
would be dang near impossible.
Losing an anchor or not being
able to raise it is a serious problem.
That is why wise boaters always have more than one anchor aboard.
carries two anchors. A 33 pound Rocna and a smaller Hydro-bubble.
I use a
33 pound Rocna on the bow of Seaweed as my primary anchor. For
my size boat it is oversized. Oversized is what you want!
However, I also wanted to be able to hoist the anchor
AND chain up by hand should my windlass fail. Thus I opted
for 33 pound versus the outrageously large 44. If I were
stronger though that 44 would have been mighty tempting.
contrast, the dinghy anchor (6kg, 13 pounds) is about the
price I paid for my 33 pound anchor back in 2013. Prices have
Rocna Galvanized Anchor, 20kg aka 44 pounds
6kg aka 13 pounds
25kg aka 55 pounds
boats under 30' however generally have just one anchor. Below
is Noel's BIL on Party Boat.
You met Noel in the
The Birds (ordering iced coffee)
When you are out for an
afternoon on a lake, the needed equipment is naturally less than
when going off-shore.
are smart though. They have figured out a way to get their anchors
back when it gets stuck in rocky bottoms.
The anchor chain shackle is attached to the head (top) of the anchor, versus
the more normal end of the shaft. Then a wire tie is secured to the
shaft. The fishermen can lower the anchor and retrieve it with ease.
BUT, if the anchor is stuck on something that plastic wire tie will
the anchor "backwards" will make all the difference in the world.
The anchor should come out much easier.
get their anchors caught will often try attaching a secondary line
to the top of their anchor and pulling with the engine. Sometimes
that works, though not always.
Spotting a successful fisherman is easy. This boat
must have caught something tasty.
There is a great blue heron on the back of this boat
↑ waiting a free fish. Herons
know a soft touch when the see one.
I am a well-trained soft touch. Meet Ella
↓ the Great Blue Heron. She
waiting for hotdog wafers.
I named her after Ella Fitzgerald who sang the blues...
fishermen are everywhere. I spotted several along the shoreline.
One fellow caught a barracuda.
For those of us who cruise,
the Fisherman's anchoring system is a recipe for disaster.
Were the wind to kick up that wire tie would snap. The the
anchor would pull free. Our boats could and would drag.
For an hour or three while fishing however, this method is something
To you and yours, happy successful fishing.
When fishing have you ever used this method of anchoring?
And, have you ever been successful in retrieving an anchor that was stuck?
How'd you do it?
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