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2/10/2018 11:41 am  #1


Anchor

How does everyone deal with the canoe drifting in the wind while trying to fish? Any alternative to carrying in a heavy anchor?

Right now I find that I just don't fish when the wind is out. Or i troll instead. 
Even when the wind is not that strong and I'm fishing, I find that I constantly have to paddle back to get in 'position' after a few casts. 

 

2/10/2018 11:50 am  #2


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Like you, I avoid fishing in the wind by going early morning and evening. The wind is typically calm around these times. During the day im usually around camp doing camp chores - collecting wood, drying out gear, preparing upcoming meals.  Or i'm out exploring, and if the wind is co-operating, a little fishing.

 

2/10/2018 1:50 pm  #3


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For an anchor, pick up a basketball net tie the bottom closed and thread a rope through the top[. Fill net full of rocks and just lower. when you are done or reach the next portage dump the rocks and carry on.

 

2/11/2018 3:02 pm  #4


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Guest99 wrote:

For an anchor, pick up a basketball net tie the bottom closed and thread a rope through the top[. Fill net full of rocks and just lower. when you are done or reach the next portage dump the rocks and carry on.

You just gave me an idea of what to make out of para-cord.  A portable re--usable anchor bag.  Thanks!
 

 

2/18/2018 1:14 pm  #5


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we used to take 2 or 3 Onion Bags and use them,   fill with Rocks,    small weigh nothing and  they work.

 

2/19/2018 3:23 am  #6


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You can use on of those blue IKEA bags as well.  Toss a rock or two in it for an anchor or you can tie it off with a short length of rope and use it as a drift sock.  Comes in handy for all types of things

 

2/19/2018 9:25 am  #7


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Basketball net with a rope through it as previously mentioned. I use a small replacement nylon landing net (Crappy Tire has them). Cheaper than the basketball net and very durable.

In my experience it's best to use just one suitably sized roundish rock rather than a bunch of small ones. The net tends to get shredded if you're using it a lot with a bunch of sharp edged smaller rocks.

The mesh bag with the rope is also used in the summer to cool beverages. Put your beverage in the mesh bag along with a rock and sink it in deep water past the thermocline. Wait long enough and voila - cool drinks even in the summer. 

Last edited by solopaddler (2/19/2018 9:26 am)

 

2/20/2018 3:55 pm  #8


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This is a great thread .. always had the same problem myself . .especially with a larger canoe with little weight (although I'm putting some on this winter ... ) .. .great ideas about the net ...

 

2/20/2018 7:02 pm  #9


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I've tried a couple of the options mentioned in this thread over the years but landed on purchasing this one: 
https://www.boundarywaterscatalog.com/spring-creek-outfitters/canoe-anchor-bag-21963

I've been using it now for over 7 years and it's been great. Aside from shelling out a few $$, it hasn't shown any wear at all, compresses down to a very small footprint in storage, and very light.and easy to use. The only drawback is picking rocks with a diameter that fits easily into the circumference of the Velcro opening

 

Yesterday 10:12 pm  #10


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Thanks for all the ideas.

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