New to Mo. River

Discussion in 'MISSOURI RIVERS TALK' started by micus, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. micus

    micus New Member

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    Setting up a Blind Duck 1754 and was looking for some info on anchoring in the Mo. Size & type anchor, hints. I've lived close to the River (St. Charles Cty.) for decades but never had a boat to fish it. I know the Mo. can be tricky and will appreciate any advice. :D
     
  2. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    It's not really the size of the anchor it's how well the flukes dig into the sand/mud. I use to have a 10 pound anchor that held much better then the 15 pound one i have now. It helps if you have nice long flukes that really dig in. Also you want a nice long angle on the anchor line so you don't bust loose.
     

  3. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    Crazy is quite right (dang, your gonna have to get a new name, LOL). The length of rope you use determines the angle. Standard rule of thumb is 3 ft of rope for every ft of depth. Someone, somehow did a study and found that ratio to have the most holding power under normal circumstances.
     
  4. BKS72

    BKS72 New Member

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    Hey, Micus, these guys can give you some pretty good advice. I just started boating the MO this summer and learned a bunch from Crazy, Fishinbuddy4 and some of the other guys on the site. I'm getting almost as comfortable on the river as a lake. Longestriver.org has some good pointers and advice, as well as good explanation of channel markers, etc.

    Probably the biggest thing I learned was to keep the motor running until you're sure the anchor has caught and bring plenty of gas :) I'm not nearly an expert, but the one thing I do know is that the only way to get comfortable with it is to ask questions and go out when you get the chance. This site saved me from learning a lot of things the hard way. Good luck and enjoy it!

    Branden
     
  5. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    What was that ratio? If I remember right someone on here said like 20:1? 20 feet of rope for every 1 foot of water depth. It was something like that anyways. I just normaly do a 2/2 1/2 to 1.
     
  6. fishingbuddy4

    fishingbuddy4 New Member

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    I dont worry about ratios i let out 45 ft of my 50ft anchor rope and it always holds atleast most of the time depends on how many cfs is coming down the river,i have been on the river at flood stage and i couldnt get 2 50 ft to hold ,just remember drop your anchor a long ways above where the hole you want to fish is
     
  7. Kutter

    Kutter New Member

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    Sorry if I didn't make it clear enough, Crazy. That ratio would be 3 to 1, three ft of rope for each ft of depth the river is at that location.
     
  8. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    Kutter, no your ratio was fine. I just remember awhile back someone stating the "ideal" ratio of rope to have out. It was some huge number like 20 feet per every foot of water. Someone stated they would need like 490 feet of rope just to anchor there boat.