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Anchor rigging for the Big C

Discussion in 'Northwest Fishing' started by Caveman Jim, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    I recently saw a post about this on another board (Yeah, go ahead and spank me, it was cryfish) but it really made me rethink how mine was setup very poorly at best prior to this post.
    Here is my post on the thread: http://www.ifish.net/board/showthread.php?t=1223313

    Thanks to the OP for starting this post!!!!
    This really woke me up on my unreliable & past attempt at an anchor management system.
    Many great tips such as a little heavier chain & an extra 6' section for heavier current along with extra lengths of ropes for other depths.
    Here is my revised system (waiting on the chain covering from StrapWorks).

    30# CR anchor, 6' 3/8 chain, 300' braided nylon rope (200'& 100' of extra rope), anchor pull & A3 ball, milk crate (with custom floatie thingies attached (a test)) and bullit float with 15' of tag line with small float at the end (will find some floating rope soon).
    The only weak link I see is the SS quick clip from the chain to rope.

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  2. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Now your hitting on all 8 cylinders Caveman.
    I fished the big-C for for years while chasing Sturgon, salmon and walleye and when anchoring in that big old girl, the only way to do it was the right way!
    Plenty of rope between the anchor and the "floatie thing"-and then some more. After that, more,more,more to an additional "floatie thing" (crab ring float) and then 10' more to another crab ring type float with a quick clip carribinier to attach to your vessel. This allows you to quickly disconnect from your system to follow/fight larger fish and to also get the heck out of the way of barge traffic (something some morons just don't understand) and the return to and retrieve your system with a boat hook between the two floats without risking getting the sometimes treacherous rope fouled in your prop or jet.
    Remember, the longer the system, the less swing, and if a west wind kicks up, add a sea anchor.
    I'm probably not telling an old salt like you anything here, but when you use the current and foward motion to get your "floatie thing" to pull your anchor up, I always swung WAY wide to the port so I could keep a good eye on it, you'll know when it's completely up when it snaps down momentarily as the anchor hits it and then floats vertically.
    Watch the slack! Retrieve it as you go so that it doesn't foul your prop or jet.
    Damn, that's one of the few things I miss about living close by the big-C, other than that I'd rather eat the arse out of a BBQ'd
    Road killed skunk than live anywhere near the metro mess that is the willamette valley.:s0071:
     
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  3. 2A2Dend

    2A2Dend .. Well-Known Member

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    My many years wishing sturgeon, learnt me by an old timer, the best anchor, Danforth type, modified with added shear-pins to allow the anchor to unfold and release from otherwise anchor losing situations.
     
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  4. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I installed one of these at the back of my boat near a rod holder, so I could release the anchor rope by myself while fighting a fish.
    I didn't like setting the rod back into the holder and running up to the bow to release the anchor rope, especially when using barb-less hooks.
    With the large flotation ball floating in front of the bow and the extra anchor rope stuffed into a small mesh laundry bag, I would run a 30' section of rope with a quick clip snapped to the end of the main line into the bow wedge chock to hold the boat temporarily, then along side the cabin and into the aft wedge chock.
    I would then go to the bow and move the line out of the bow wedge chock and into a standard cleat.
    I found that the simpler the system, the safer it was. Too many extra floats and other devises just tend to tangle things up at the worst time.




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  5. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Exactly the perfect rope lock right there jbett. That's on my dory, sled and drift boat.
     
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  6. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Ten years ago, I was fishing for fall salmon next to Government Island and a guy anchored next to me kept staring at my homemade fish alarm that was hooked up to my rod holder.
    He finally asked me some questions about it, and after I explained that I liked to read books while anchored up and I would get bored to death waiting for a fish to bite.
    He jotted down some notes and a year or so later these fish alarms showed up at Fishermans Marine.

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    Here's the toy space gun that I bought at Walmart for $3.99 and the rest is just some stuff laying around my shop.
    It's got four different ray gun sounds and flashes blue lights when set off.
    A lot of salmon have been caught with that ray gun.
    You can also adjust the sensitivity to super light for sturgeon bites.

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  7. The Nothing

    The Nothing PDX Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    I get away with an 10lb mushroom and 4 feet of chain...
    but, kayaks don't take much to keep on the hook
     
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  8. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Man I'm getting old, an old bell clipped on the rod was the stuff back then. My fishing partner and Iincorporated a 'seeing eye dog"
    In the form of a wiener dog named Hermie, didn't need to even watch the rods with old Herm on board, he'd tell ya.
    Handy little critter, he never did quite get the idea of letting wild, under and oversized fish go though, hence a good quick release anchoring system was put to use bunches.

    Many times the "oh crap there goes Hermie" alarm was sounded.
    Miss that little twerp.
     
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  9. scrandall01215

    scrandall01215 Washougal,WA Well-Known Member

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    Don't look like enough rope?!!

    Stacy
     
  10. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    300' of 3/8 nylon braided rope..... it's enough plus I have 2 more sections of 100 & 200' 1/2" rope to boot.....:p:p:p

    Oh, I see what you mean Stacy. I had to go back & look at the pic to really get it....
    :eek::eek::eek::D
     
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  11. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    On every boat I've owned up here each one had the cinch chock on them. I have the utmost confidence that they will hold.
     
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  12. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Almost forgot to add pics of the chain condom I special ordered....:eek::eek::eek::eek:

    To protect the paint on the edge of the boat.....;)
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  13. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Grind the tips of the anchor for a better hold. In some places the bottom is rock hard, and I've seen a lot of boats start dragging down river every time a swell comes along, especially if they've got a sea sock tied off the stern.
     
  14. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Oh man, now I'm gonna get cut and stabbed from that dang thing while it just sits there with those honed sharp tines. I'm a clutz around sharp pointy thingies...:eek::eek::eek::eek:
     
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  15. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Now you will know how the fish feel when you jerk those sharp hooks into their mouths.
     
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  16. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    DOOUUGGHHHHHHH!!!!:eek: Hey, they can't help bein hungry any more than I can't help bein clutzy...:D
     
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  17. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    I've been known to put my foot in my mouth jbett but I'm pretty neither Jim nor myself have one big enough to feel the bite of that big old hook:D
     
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  18. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    You got that right John.
     
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  19. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    How much was that anchor chain condom go for and where.
     
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  20. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    One problem with starting out with only 200' of rope, is trying to add the extra rope with the ball retrieval system fixed to the first 200' of rope.
    You can tie on some extra rope (50'-75') but when the current is really ripping, the retrieval ball can be sucked down by the current.