anchoring in current

Discussion in 'Boat Safety' started by lugnutz, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. lugnutz

    lugnutz New Member

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    I havent done much af any fishing in rivers except for smaller rivers in a conoe float fishing. If you are in current what is the best/safest way to anchor? Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
  2. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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  3. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    Anchoring in current can be one of the most productive ways to catch
    catfish. It can also be one of the most dangerous if not done correctly.
    Their are rules you have to go by:
    1. Have a boat capable of handling the water conditions. You do not want
    to fish current with a boat more suitable for pond fishing.
    2. Always anchor from the front of the boat. Never anchor from the side or
    rear. The front of your boat is designed to pass water if the water is bad
    enough anchoring from the side or rear will cause your boat to be sucked
    under or rolled over.
    3. Only use one anchor. If you use more than one anchor one may slip and
    the other hold causing your boat to turn sideways. You want your boat
    straight with the current.
    4. Never tie yourself off short. Once your anchor catches let off atleast as
    much rope again as you have out. This allows for rising water and for
    some reason the current increases.
    5. Always have a good strong sharp knife handy. Not in your tackle box or
    stored under your seat but within easy reach. In an emergency cut the
    rope.
    6. Use an anchor that will swivel and come out from under cover if you run
    slowly up river when you are ready to move. There will be a time no
    matter what you try you can't get your anchor free. Cut it. That anchor
    is not worth dieing over.
    7. Use good judgement sometimes its just to rough to fish.
    There is a wealth of knowledge on the BOC and if I have missed anything
    one of our Brothers will take up my slack. Use good judgement, be careful
    and have fun.
     
  4. lugnutz

    lugnutz New Member

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    I appreciate all the good advice brothers, and will be well taken and observed.
     
  5. psychomekanik

    psychomekanik New Member

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    I use 2 anchors in heavy current sometimes. With a 3'rd present and ready to throw if needed. I like to fish a logjam on the upstream side of a lowhead dam. you cannot have an anchor slip in this spot! We'll throw one anchor out say to the left side of the boat. Then we'll motor back upstream a little and to the right. drift back and drop the second anchor across from the first.then let some line out on both of them. both anchors get tied to their respective bow cleats. The 2 anchor lines and the bow of the boat should form a Y It keeps the boat from swaying, and provides insurance against anchor slippage. My buddy was sleeping in the front of the boat one time and I must have nodded off. I blinked, (so I thought) and when I opened my eyes we had drifted to within 75 yards or so of the top of the dam with a log wrapped up in the anchor line. I threw another anchor, and tried pulling the other one in. The log ended up going over the dam. Luckily I had already unhooked the line from the cleat. When it went over it went fast and took all the line like it was a fish pulling out drag. There's no way I could have grabbed a knife and cut the line fast enough to stop it from pulling us over. This may or may not be a recommended method. But I like it. It beats tying one off the back and the front. I've made that mistake too. I thought it would be safe to do so out of the current. A barge about swamped us. Never do that again!