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Thread: Improvised Anchors?

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    Default Improvised Anchors?

    Well,
    I need 2 anchors and was thinking instead of spending $50 that I could improvise with stuff I have around the house. Heres what Im thinking.
    I was gonna take 2 large coffee cans and fill them with quik crete concrete. As that starts to dry I would insert an eyebolt into the middle and after it is completely set, tie a rope to the loop on the eyebolt. Then just drop em over the side of the boat. I thought it might work, unless I was fishing in a strong current.
    Any better ideas or flaws in my plan?

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    Your home made anchor should work fine in lakes without much current. Lakes with current or rivers will require something that will bite into the bottom.

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    Might want to use a threaded rod, drill or punch a hole in the bottom of the can and bolt it. We came back with just the eyebolt. Ooops. Probably had a pocket of air we didn't get out. After we used the threaded rod no more problems, but we were also in a 2 man (person) kayak, so not that much weight.
    What makes a better lightning rod than a graphite fishing rod? NOTHING!

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    I do mostly small lake and pond fishing - the coffee can with concrete is what I use and it works great. Instead of an eye bolt, I had some metal 3/8" metal rods that I bent into an "S" shape, pushed it into the concrete far enough so there was just a loop sticking out of the top.

    One other thing... for less clanging and banging, and less dents in my aluminum row boat, I like those new plastic Folger's cans for anchors. They've got rounded edges and are quieter when you pull up and set 'em in the bottom of the boat. On top of that - they don't get rusty.

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    My dad has always worked construction and throughout the years has accumulated a large pile of window weights from remodeling jobs, they range in weight from 2.5 lb to 6lb, we've used them for years, sometimes multiples on one rope for 12 and 14 john boats.

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    Put a nut and washer on the eye-bolt to keep it from pulling out.

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    Plastic is so much quieter. I was amazed.
    Wow, you make bending rods sound so easy!
    What makes a better lightning rod than a graphite fishing rod? NOTHING!

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    I use worn-out rotors from old cars. Just rememebr to paint them so the rust won't get in your boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by semocrappie
    My dad has always worked construction and throughout the years has accumulated a large pile of window weights from remodeling jobs, they range in weight from 2.5 lb to 6lb, we've used them for years, sometimes multiples on one rope for 12 and 14 john boats.
    We have used window weights. Also so old railroaders used to bring old locomotive break shoes. They were curved and had a place to tie . Them things really held good in our muddy bottom at Nimrod.
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    I got 2 #25 plates the kind that you lift on a weight bar for pumping iron. those dudes hit the bottom and stick i tell you what
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