A Guide for Anchors for Your Fishing Kayak

Kayaks are excellent fishing tools. With a fishing yak, you can explore different places to fish that get less pressure from overfishing, plus they could assist you in catching additional fish.

No matter if you have just bought a kayak for the first time, or you are in the market for a brand-new boat that you need to get rigged up, this guidebook will assist you in finding the best anchor.


Anchoring is a vital method of fishing efficiently via kayaks. You can get anchors for kayaks in several different sizes and shapes. It’s crucial to get the best one for your situation that fits with the places you intend using it. Lots of things can influence kayak positioning, to include wind, currents, and tides. When it involves fishing, it is vital to be able to remain in the place where the fish are at no matter if that is the shore, underwater branches, or some kind of reef, etc.

You don’t want the kayak to wander away due to any of those external circumstances. This may be very tedious, plus it ends up giving you less time to fish since you have to keep adjusting the kayak. So, this article will explain all about all kinds of kayak fishing anchors, and you will be then able to pick the one that’s best for you.

We’ll start with the YakGear Mushroom Anchor. This one is an excellent pick if you like to fish mostly in safe and calm water, which has only a mild current and little wind. It’s not as likely to get snagged when you need to retrieve it either.

If you like to fish mostly where the current is moderate, as well as the wind, then consider the YakGear Grapnel Anchor. It’s a fantastic anchor that is geared to be used in several types of situations. Plus, you can collapse it, so it is easily carried with you in a kayak. It comes in two sizes; one is 1.5 lbs that is meant to be used in calm water, and the other is 3.3 lbs, which will work for all different situations. If this anchor gets snagged when you try to pull it back in, it has a rock-rig system to help you break free. This method can also be employed with a Bruce Claw. The proper hardware for this comes with either type of YakGear anchors.

If you fish with a kayak in places having heavy currents, as well as not much protection from wind, then the Bruce Claw is the best choice. Costal kayakers love this anchor since they have such conditions often, and it has a plow type of procedure that grabs the bottom in the lake or another area you are fishing in, and that holds the best in those situations.

A top benefit when fishing from a kayak is you can gain access to shallower waters the majority of boats cannot. So, if you like fishing in shallower water, I suggest getting the YakStick anchor. It lets fishers anchor silently, plus it also acts like a smaller push pole such is customarily used with a skiff when they are doing sight fishing in shallower waters. You can use it in salt and freshwater. YakGear has three different types of stake-out anchors – the initial six-foot Mud Stick, as well as a Yak Stick Floating Anchor available in a six-foot and an eight and three-quarter inch length.

Kayak anglers shouldn’t ignore the YakGear Drift Anchor. This kind of anchor controls the drift rate instead of merely holding you in one place. That’s great if you want to fish in an open body of water no matter if it is shallow or it’s deep water. If someone drifts too fast, and that happens a lot in a large and open body of water, it’s hard to present your bait or lure naturally. A drift anchor assists you with that, as well as gives you additional time for fishing in places like deep reefs, so you don’t drift overtop it too quickly.

How to Affix an Anchor to a Kayak

Now since you have a clearer understanding of all the various types of anchors for kayak fishers, next, we will learn how to secure the anchor to a kayak. The best primary method is to install a YakGear Anchor Cleat to the kayak. It can be put anywhere on the kayak. But, if you are going to fish where you face wind or currents, you need to put the cleat on the stern or bow so the kayak won’t flip over. It can be attached to your kayak via a YakGear Nylon Diamond Braid Rope. Don’t forget to use 3x the depth of the water you are going to use the anchor in. For example, if you are fishing in 5 ft. of water, the line for the anchor needs to be 15 ft. or more.

A popular anchor attaching method for kayaks is the YakGear Anchor Deluxe Anchor Trolley, which has a pully mechanism allowing the fisher to adjust the kayak’s position, dependent on the current and the wind. The anchor line can be hooked to an Anchor Trolley Triangle, included with an anchor trolley. This pulls an anchor line alongside the kayak’s side from the bow to the stern. Should you want your kayak facing up current or wind, an anchor trolley should be used to pull your anchor to the kayak’s bow.

On The Other Hand, if you want to face downward from the current or wind, the anchor trolley should be used to pull an anchor in the direction of the kayak’s stern. When buying an anchor trolley, you have two choices: deluxe as well as heavy-duty.

What happens if you catch a huge fish? It starts to peel fishing line from your reel like it’s never going to end, and the only thing you can do is chase it so you can recover some of the lines you are losing. If this happens to you, you need a YakGear Anchor Float Leash. This lets fisher chase after the line if you catch a huge fish. It has an easy to see orange-colored float, so it’s simple to find and get back an anchor when you are finished battling with the fish.

Ken Masterson

My name is Ken Masterson. Growing up in Louisiana, I have been fishing since I was 7 years old. I am happy to share my knowledge with the readers here. Feel free to give me feedback in comments or even reach out at kenny@fishjoy.com

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