What type of anchor does everyone use in the Deep Bottom/Dutch Gap area?
the only time i use 2 ancors is in slack water were the current wont keep the boat straight.I don't know how the current is on the James, but using two anchors in a BIG RIVER will get you in trouble in a heartbeat. I'm talking about the Mississippi and Missouri from my experience.
If the front anchor should lose grip, your boat will swing to with the stern upstream. You will sink the boat before you can react unless that knife is REAL handy.
For a BIG river, use a good anchor off the bow and throw out a drift bucket off the stern. That will lock the boat steady with the current and it is a lot safer!
I think you'll be fine with just the Richter's and chain. They are good anchors and people use them with success up here.Thanks all.....I'm used to fishing in 4 feet of water when on a river and until doing research and asking on here, I never realized you're supposed to have a 1:7 ratio of line vs. depth. 200 feet of line for 30 foot of water....Wow!! I'll need to pick some up, and I have 2 Richtor anchors with a 5' length of chain. They grab on almost anything up here so I hope they work ok down there. May just pick up a River anchor to be safe though....Seems pretty standard from the responses.