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    Ok Iím tired of not being able to stay on a spot. I was against using an anchor for some reason but would enjoy myself more if I could stay on them. So what pound do you yak guys use?


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    I think my anchor is the 5 pound one. My buddy has the smaller 3 pound and has trouble with it holding if windy. It looks just like what this guy is using.

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    And a couple of weeks ago I had my anchor stuck hard on the bottom in 30' of water and it was scary pulling that hard to free it. Breaks easier when tested on dry land. That tactical setup worked correctly though. I might consider using a smaller cable tie or even 10# mono to break easier.

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    So 5 holds good??Glad I asked because I was gonna get a 10 but donít want that much weight if not needed. Thanks.


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    Holds decent but can still move if windy. The longer the line you let out the better it holds vs. straight down under kayak.
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    same issue when i first started doing it, the trick is to use a thicker cable tie and cut it halfway thru. Has worked well for me!

    In regards to anchor size in a kayak Damion: 3-6 lb work perfect for kayaks. Use a larger weight (5-6) if a bigger dude and/or bigger kayak.

    I currently use a 4lb grapel in my predator PDL (130 lbs or so with gear and a 190 lb man) and it works great unless super windy and not catching bottom.
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    A quick release method is imperative, especially in moving water. I have a built in knife holder on my Stolquist vest. Always keep a knife available at a moments notice if needed. Some use a float along the anchor rope so if a cutoff is done you can go back to recover the anchor.
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    3 lb dumbell works well for me. Any heavier and I don't need to be anchoring. I use a jam cleat for quick release as a safety precaution.
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    I have a lead anchor I used in my canoe that worked surprisingly well. Never have weighed it but it’s less than 3” across and about that tall with an eye bolt in it. Very small. Probably would get hung in a rocky bottom.
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    I use a 1.5 pound (plus 2 feet of 3/8's chain) in my 10 footer and 3 pounds (plus 2 feet of 3/8's chain)in my 13'2" Predator. Both are folding grapels. I don't have any problems staying put. One of the biggest mistakes kayakers make when anchoring is not letting enough line out. You'd be surprised how well a lighter anchor will hold you with enough line out. Also, choose the right type of anchor for the bottom composition.

    I use a float, a diving reel and a jam cleat as well for a quick release and the zip tie method to get unstuck and MOST importantly, get a good quality anchor trolley.
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