The BEST WAY to Rig a Kayak Anchor

The safest, most dependable way to rig your kayak anchor so that you always get it back. With a bonus example of on-the-water anchor retrieval of an anchor that's hung and won't come up. Even after learning the 'right way' to rig my anchors I was still losing them. I learned to make some small but very effective tweaks and I've never had to cut my line or put myself in a sketchy situation to get my anchor back since. Links Anchor (3 lb) - http://amzn.to/2sMAvtN 30lb Zip ties - http://amzn.to/2EMzeED Partners: http://www.whiskerseeker.com http://www.yakgear.com http://www.getbittentackle.com/ --Disclaimer-- I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This means that I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you subscribe or purchase something through the links provided. Consider purchases made through these links a 'thank you' for the added value I'm providing with information or reviews about these products. Or skip the links and search on your own. I won't cry about it. Music: Actionable - Bensound.com

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The safest, most dependable way to rig your kayak anchor so that you always get it back. With a bonus example of on-the-water anchor retrieval of an anchor that's hung and won't come up. Even after learning the 'right way' to rig my anchors I was still losing them. I learned to make some small but very effective tweaks and I've never had to cut my line or put myself in a sketchy situation to get my anchor back since. Links Anchor (3 lb) - http://amzn.to/2sMAvtN 30lb Zip ties - http://amzn.to/2EMzeED Partners: http://www.whiskerseeker.com http://www.yakgear.com http://www.getbittentackle.com/ --Disclaimer-- I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This means that I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you subscribe or purchase something through the links provided. Consider purchases made through these links a 'thank you' for the added value I'm providing with information or reviews about these products. Or skip the links and search on your own. I won't cry about it. Music: Actionable - Bensound.com

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David Thompson
David Thompson - 3 years ago
Great video Denny! Hard to find new videos that are truely helpful. I’ll be passing this one on for sure. Thank you!
Stephanie Rodriquez
Stephanie Rodriquez - 2 years ago
David Thompson lame pedo
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 3 years ago
Thanks! I appreciate the feedback :)
Jacques Pasquinel
Jacques Pasquinel - 1 year ago
Great info... Would you prefer a 1.5 lb or 3 lb anchor for a 12 ft sit-on-top?
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 1 year ago
Definitely a 3 lb. Thanks for watching!
ERYN MCCARTHY
ERYN MCCARTHY - 1 year ago
Loved this video, very easy to understand and follow, can't wait to try it out!! Thank you!!
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 1 year ago
Thanks for the feedback! Good luck on the water!
The Art Of Fishing
The Art Of Fishing - 1 year ago
How often do you pop the zip tie unintentionally? I do like the idea of the swivel to reduce twist I’m going to have to re rig my anchor with one now
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 1 year ago
I seem to recall a zip-tie breaking unexpectedly once. I don't remember exactly why though. It's rare. The swivel helps for sure, those anchors come up spinning like helicopters!
Ray Butler jr
Ray Butler jr - 2 years ago
Good vid. informative and to the point.
Mtn Way Adventures
Mtn Way Adventures - 2 years ago
Anchor trolleys are great for lakes, not so much in rivers with decent current. In the time you have to pull the anchor you must move the trolley to within reach (the side of the yak). If the anchor is hung up at all you are now pulling against a set anchor from the side of your kayak. Just food for thought. I anchor off the bow or stern only in rivers.
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 2 years ago
I rarely ever even bring an anchor river fishing and I always advise newcomers against it. I do use my trollies a lot in rivers for clipping off to brush piles and stickups though. Thanks for watching and commenting!
Graham Shepherd
Graham Shepherd - 2 years ago
Great informative video. Have had a few hair raising situations exactly as Denny described ending beam up to waves tying to relase an anchor. Wil apply your release technique. I already had my anchor set up Denny's way. Many tx
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 2 years ago
Those close calls are eye-opening aren't they? Good luck and thanks for stopping by :)
ErgoCogita
ErgoCogita - 2 years ago
Awesome tips! I'm new to kayak fishing and just bought my first one a few weeks ago. Also, I believe the term you were looking to use was potential energy, not kinetic. It's not kinetic until release.
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 2 years ago
Welcome to the addiction! You won't be disappointed! Yes, potential, I was pretty sure I used the wrong term after I said it :)
zanado11
zanado11 - 2 years ago
Excellent idea i plan on configuring my anchor this way. Thanks Roger

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Texas Urban Hunter - Bushcraft and Survival
Texas Urban Hunter - Bushcraft and Survival - 2 years ago
that was cool, I use a very similar technique with my climbing grapple and to pull harness pulleys free
Eric Francis
Eric Francis - 2 years ago
Great advice, thanks!
Kevin Massenburg
Kevin Massenburg - 2 years ago
Great instructional video I’m a beginner kayaker I’ve watched many videos on this subject.and by far your video gives me the confidence that I can anchor my kayak using the steps you’ve giving and feel safe doing it.thank you.
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 2 years ago
Great to hear! Thanks for watching and for the feedback - Welcome to the addiction :)
B Wood
B Wood - 2 years ago
Great idea
Danny Hilton
Danny Hilton - 2 years ago
Great Video. Thank you
Mike Lysic
Mike Lysic - 2 years ago
Brilliant adaption to the old zip tie method. I'm making this alteration to my anchor set up as soon as I finish posting this comment.
UserDeniedAccess
UserDeniedAccess - 2 years ago
Thank you, very helpful.
Praktical Outdoor Adventures
Praktical Outdoor Adventures - 2 years ago
Awesome advice, definitely appreciated.
Jose Rodriguez
Jose Rodriguez - 2 years ago
That you for the info!, was about to rig my kayak with an anchor. Glad I found this!
Paden Baker
Paden Baker - 2 years ago
What about adding a shackle by the flukes and attaching a chain from there to the swivel then the ziptie and your standard rope with a float? That way if you have to drop the anchor you can use a magnet to come back and help retrieve it. Great design i will be using this design for my setup, maybe with my mods, Thanks for the vid.
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 2 years ago
Interesting idea. If you try it let us know how it works.

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Kelcy Allbritton
Kelcy Allbritton - 2 years ago
I really wish i would have seen your video before my first kayak fishing trip last week! I hadn't been on a kayak in years, and never one with an anchor! Long story short,it came down to my (thankfully) very level-headed boyfriend insisting to just cut the line before we had a real crisis. You really don't realize how much you're tipping when you are pulling on the line! Neither of us could pop it without sending one of us into the water. Thanks for the tip! I think I'll be adding a float to the line too,just in case i need to detach fast. I somehow ended up scary close to some trees! Yikes
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 2 years ago
Things happen VERY fast on the river! I'm glad to hear that it worked out ok for you. It doesn't always end that way. Anchoring in current can be some very risky business!
Chris Kunsak
Chris Kunsak - 2 years ago
Outstanding video... first time I've heard your view and 100% agree... thanks for putting it together!!
Mychal Boose
Mychal Boose - 2 years ago
Hey brother, only question i have for you is how often do you use the chain add on? I see a good handful of people who don't use a chain at all and then I see an equal amount that use the chain all the way down the shaft of the anchor at all times.
Mychal Boose
Mychal Boose - 2 years ago
Float Fish Adventure not at all. I was hoping you would!
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 2 years ago
The chain is cumbersome, it's added weight to carry around, and it can be noisy, so I always have it with my gear in the truck but I don't bring it out on the water unless I think I'm going to need it. Generally speaking, the shallower the lake, the less the need for the chain, but that need increases as the windspeed does. The purpose of the chain is to keep the anchor lying flat so it stays dug into the bottom. Deeper water, or roller waves, causes the anchor to tend to want to lift up and pop free, so the added weight of the chain offsets that. Most of my lake fishing is in water 20' or less. I use the chain maybe 25-33% of the time that I'm anchoring. That's why I like being able to take it off when I don't need it. I sort of rambled on a bit here didn't I...
macaraga
macaraga - 2 years ago
Thanks for the video. Regarding the line that is attached to the anchor, will you a1/4 in (6.4mm) polypropylene rope be ok? I also like the idea of switching between the “only rope system” and the “chain + rope system” depending on what I will do, ocean or lake. Thanks again for the useful ideas.
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 2 years ago
polypropylene floats and doesn't wear very well. I'm sure it would work but there would be better polyester or nylon options that would be easier to manage and last longer.
Stephen Sodergren
Stephen Sodergren - 2 years ago
great info to a new kayakeramks
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 2 years ago
Thanks for watching :)
Frank Bayot
Frank Bayot - 2 years ago
What’s better to use in saltwater brass or stainless steel swivel and clips?
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 2 years ago
Saltwater is outside my area of expertise. My guess is that either would be fine as long as you rinse them off with fresh water after your outings.
Henry Cisneros
Henry Cisneros - 2 years ago
The best anchor video out there. I'm new to kayaking, and I'm going to setup my anchor like yours. Makes sense. Do you think you could make a video on the right and safest way to rig the anchor to the kayak? I've seen a lot of guys rig theirs directly to the ring on the anchor trolly and have no method to quickly jettison the anchor in case of a problem.
Henry Cisneros
Henry Cisneros - 2 years ago
Thank you! I'll look into panic snaps. For now, mine is rigged just like Vinny's.
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 2 years ago
Perfect! Thanks for posting this comment!
The Garlic Farm
The Garlic Farm - 2 years ago
Anyplace that sells horse supplies will have panic snaps. They can be easily released under tension. I place the panic snap in line about a foot from the trolly. The anchor line has a foam float so I can recover it.
Henry Cisneros
Henry Cisneros - 2 years ago
Great, thanks! Keep up the good work on the channel.
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 2 years ago
Thanks! I agree that a follow up video going over anchoring in general is in order. It's on my list to do this season. Stay tuned!
dustin kitten
dustin kitten - 2 years ago
Best anchor vid I’ve seen. Makes sense! Thanx
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 2 years ago
dustin kitten thanks for watching!
Alex Lazok
Alex Lazok - 2 years ago
Thank you for sharing this! Great job!
Adventure Outdoors
Adventure Outdoors - 3 years ago
Ok, first of all let me say that your hair is freaking tight in this vid Bro. Damn son. Seriously, what is the product? I like what I use but I'm always looking for other good stuff. Don't think I didn't notice that you had a haircut in this vid because I'm an observant man. Now the anchor. I like your concept. I fish in some different types of water but concept is same. I will say this, I have downsized my cable tie to a smaller one than you use. They are amazingly strong when trying to break.
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 2 years ago
You're not the first alpha male to be reduced to envy by this mane of mine! You're right about those ties being strong. And the reality is that the tensile strength can very from what they say on the package. Always good to do a little testing to be sure you get what's going to work for you.

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County Line Outdoors
County Line Outdoors - 3 years ago
GREAT INFO! GOING TO CHANGE MINE OVER TODAY! THANKS FOR SHARING! TIGHT LINES!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
Very informative video! Korecoa is going to watch the part where you demonstrate freeing an anchor off the side of the kayak all day. He loves that motion.
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 3 years ago
I try my best to offer a little something for everyone ;)
Matt Moore
Matt Moore - 3 years ago
That is an amazing tip. I never thought of using a swivel like that. Keep up the great work
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 3 years ago
Thanks for watching!
semperfi3794
semperfi3794 - 3 years ago
What size anchor do you usually run on fast moving water?
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 3 years ago
That's a good question. Tethering your kayak to the river bottom in swift current is unreasonably dangerous in my opinion. I never anchor in those conditions. Instead I use a brush clip, bank-anchor or stake-out pole. The when, where and how about anchoring is a larger topic and probably deserves a follow up video of it's own. I wanted to keep this one focused just on rigging the anchor. The anchor I use when I do use one is a 3 lb grapple.
River Certified
River Certified - 3 years ago
You're actually creating potential energy. Just so you know.
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 3 years ago
Thanks for the correction. I was thinking I had the wrong word when 'kinetic' spilled out of my mouth. I should have checked and just dubbed it over like a bad foreign film. That would have been pretty comical.
Jeff Jackson
Jeff Jackson - 3 years ago
Cool! I never thought about that being an issue. You bet your caboose i’m going to remedy that with my anchor. Thank you for the advise bud.
River Certified
River Certified - 3 years ago
Correction. I am the most dangerous thing in a kayak.
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 3 years ago
Only because of the added weight of your ego hahaha!

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