How to Anchor a Kayak

Kayaking fishing is a great idea. They can help you to explore new fishing areas with lower fishing pressure, which can lead to more fish caught.

This guide will help you to tailor your kayak for a fun experience, whether you have bought your first kayak or are looking for new rigging options.


From a kayak, anchoring is a crucial part of effectively fishing an area. Kayak anchors in a variety of shapes and sizes are available, so it is important to find one which is right for you and the areas where you fish kayaks. Wind, tides and currents affect the position of your kayak.

When it comes to fishing, it is important to stay in the area where the fish gather, whether on the shore, in a reef or in timber – and not be able to drift away because of the external factors mentioned above. It can be a time consuming process that takes more time to adapt your kayak than to fish.

This article discusses the different types of kayak anchors so that you can choose the right one for your fishing style.

Since the YakGear Mushroom Anchor is less likely to snag during recovery it is a good option for fishermen who mostly fish in calm, safe waters. If you fish in water with moderate current and wind, the YakGear Grapnel Anchor is an excellent choice. Grapnel Anchor is a versatile anchor that is easily stored in the kayak and can be used in a variety of situations.

The Grapnel Anchor has two weights. 1.5 pounds ideal for calm waters and 3.3 pounds suitable for all other situations.

If you hit a snack while retrieving your anchor, the Rock-Rig method can be used to break free. Both YakGear Grapnel Anchor Kits include the hardware necessary for the Bruce Claw to use this technique.

The Bruce Claw Anchor YakGear is a better choice for kayak fishermen who fish in areas with strong currents and little or no wind protection. If strong winds and tides are a factor this anchor is a favorite among coastal kayak fishermen because its plow-style technique provides the best hold for grabbing the bottom.

Kayak fishing has a number of benefits including the ability to access shallow waters which most boats cannot access. A YakStick is the way to fish in shallow waters. The YakStick is a silent anchoring system that also functions on skiffs as a down-scaling pushing pole for shallow fishing. It is suitable for saltwater as well as for freshwater use. The original Mud Stick Yak Stick is available in six-foot and 8.75-foot YakGear lengths.

The YakGear Drift Anchor is a kayak fisherman’s must have. The purpose of a drift anchor is to control the rate at which you drift rather than maintain your position. Fishing deep or shallow in open bodies of water can be very beneficial.

Your bait/lure can be hard to present if you drift too fast, which is common in large open waters. The drift anchor not only supports bait-lure presentation, it also allows you to fish more deeply than drift too quickly for a certain region, such as a deep reef.

How to Attach the Anchor to Your Kayak

Let’s talk about how you can secure your kayak anchor now that you have a better understanding of the various types of fishing anchors. The most basic solution is to install a YakGear Anchor Cleat on your kayak. The cleat can be mounted anywhere on your kayak.

If in an area with strong currents or winds you are fishing kayaks, you should place a cleat at the bow or stern of your kayak in order to avoid flipping. Use the YakGear Nylon Diamond Braid Rope to secure the anchor of the cleat, ensuring that you anchor it at least three times in depth. Make sure your anchor is at least 15 feet long if you plan to anchor in 5 feet of water.

The YakGear Anchor Deluxe Anchor Trolley is a popular method for attaching kayak fishing. The anchor trolley is a pole system which allows you to completely adjust your kayak position in response to wind and current. You can attach this anchor line to the Anchor Trolley Triangle, which has an anchor trolley and pulls it from bow to string on the side of the kayak.

Use the anchor trolley to pull the bow anchor if the wind and the current are to be faced. Use the anchor trolley to pull the anchor to the kayak star if you want to tackle the wind. The anchor trolleys Deluxe and Heavy Duty are two distinct models.

What if you could catch the big one? The fish begins to peel from the bobble without an obvious end in sight and your only option is to chase it down and recover some of your lost line. This situation is covered by the YakGear Anchor Float Leash. When the big one hits, with this anchor you can follow it. When the battle is over you can find and find your anchor by the high-visibility orange float.

Types of anchors

When anchoring a kayak, it is important to use the least weight. A wide, heavy anchor waste space and adds superfluous weight. Most anglers use a grapnel anchor, which is folded into a kayak with four sharp sts. Use a stake pole to secure the boat quickly in shallow water. The best are aluminum and fiberglass poles with a point tip for entering the soft soil.

A powerful anchor system is the best way to secure a boat. To stop the boat, push a button, and a motor in the stern reduces a punch into the sand.

Fishers anchor a drag chain in the rocky riverbed. A 12-foot rope is tied to a heavy chain two-foot section (7/16-inch works fine) wrapped in a bicycle tube or duct tape. Anglers sometimes use a retractable dog leash. The chain hangs from the rocks without being tied in the first way so that the kayak can be anchored in swift water. Practice the kayak anchoring in a controlled environment before heading out into open water.

Choosing an anchor

Fishing kayak anchors are necessary for different bottom types. Use a grapnel folding anchor on sandy or soft bottoms. Wear a stakeout pole equal to the water depth over sand or mud in shallow water. Anglers often use a six or eight-foot pole. Although aluminum poles are more resilient, typically fiberglass poles are lighter. The use of a stakeout pole is faster and easier rather than an anchor.

Anglers who need to stop their boat quickly prefer a powerful anchor system. Anchoring the bottom will save you time fishing when you see the fish on flat rivers or float on lazy rivers. Most river anglers make their own trawling chains (instructions are provided above).

How heavy should a kayak anchor be?

The anchor for a kayak should be sufficiently heavy to hold the kayak without adding unnecessary weight to the boat. A three-pound grapnel anchor will hold a smaller kayak in calm water. You’d like to use a five- to seven-pound grapnel anchor if you fish in deeper water from a larger kayak.

Drag chains are sufficiently heavy to sink quickly and not snag into the rocks. A heavy-duty steel stakeout pole will throw soft sand or fog and hold a kayak in wind and tide. Anglers use stakeout poles in shallow water. Therefore, a six-foot pole is sufficient without spending enough time on the kayak.

The anchor trolley is one of modern kayakfishing’s earliest innovations. Fishers needed a way out of the boat’s anchor when facing the challenge of securing a tip kayak in the wind and swift water. As a result, the anchor trolley emerges. A thin string (550 paracord) runs from the middle to the bow or stern and back to middle. A small carabiner is used for securing the ends of the rope.

Click on the carabiner and drop the anchor in the water. Pull the trolley to move the carabiner and the anchor rope into the boat’s arc or stern, like a flag fly. When the anchor is captured, the kayak turns to face the wind and current, driving the pointy end of the boat.

What size rope for a kayak anchor?

A delicate balance to strike is the right size rope for a kayak anchor. You will need a rope which is both strong and thin enough to hold the kayak to use the lightest anchor. 3/16-inch rope with anglers is popular. If the seam is too heavy, the anchor may be dragged down or avoided. If it is too light, the seam will cut your hands or fall under pressure.

Many fishermen use a polyester clothesline to meet these requirements. When hung on a clothesline, the kayak won’t stretch. It is resistant to enmeshment and binds a strong knot. As polyester clotheslines are round, their water resistance is lower and can be used with a lighter anchor. Polyester is waterproof too and dries fast. A wardrobe won’t dig in your hands when you pull the anchor.

What size chain for a kayak anchor?

Add a two-foot long 3/8-inch chain between the grapnel anchor and rope to pull the anchor down. This is only a heavy kayak in swift or deep waters. Most anglers can hold the boat by binding the grapnel anchor to the anchor rope. The river angler uses a 7/16 inch chain.

An anchor rope should be as a rule thumb twice as long as the water depth. Wait to pay 20 feet of rope if you anchor in 10 feet of water. The additional scope allows the anchor to pull and pick up the ground. Allow further line in strong current or harsh circumstances to smooth the ride.

How to attach an anchor to a kayak

One of the key skills is how to anchor a kayak. The angler could get tangled in line if the kayak turns in the current or in the wind sideways. Learn how to anchor a kayak and to develop safe protocols to prevent this result.

Practice these movements in a controlled, calm environment before going into big water.

Start by spinning the rope loosely on the kayak deck. Throw the anchor overboard and attach it to the carabiner of the anchor trolley.

Run the anchor trolley to the bow or stern when the line is disbursed. Continue to release until the anchor is about twice as high as the depth of the water.

Keep the anchor rope and tighten the line. Allow more line if the anchor is dragging. Secure the kayak rope when the boat stops completely.

The best thing to secure the anchor line is a small plastic cleat. Use a jam cleat to secure the line to connect with low profile and fast releases. It is important to be able to release the anchor quickly and smoothly when linking a kayak anchor.

Start with clearing the anchor rope space on the deck when it’s time to pull the anchor. Pull the rope in, then loop it on the deck until the kayak is right across the anchor. Take the anchor out of the sand and the anchor chariot into the boat.

Anchoring a kayak at sea

With a strong current and deep water, it is almost impossible to anchor a kayak. Fishermen can anchor their kayaks across a wreck or reef. Use an anchor on a kayak wreck to keep your anchor line on the reef. Four wire spines are integrated into this anchor in two pounds of lead. Throw down the anchor to the wreck, wait until the spines stick to the anchor. Pull the back of the spines and release the anchor when the time is right to leave.

Anchoring a kayak in rivers

The strong current means that kayaking in a river is particularly challenging. River anglers use a drag chain to avoid their boat getting stuck in the rocks. River anglers use the seam to run through the kayak stern rather than an anchor trolley. This rigging allows you to quickly and easily install and pull the anchor without running the risk of the boat being thrown around.

Where to store the anchor on a kayak

An anchor adds a lot to the kayak and makes it harder to paddle or pedal. Keep anchor at the center of the kayak, near or below the seat, for the best balance. As a result, the weight of the anchor is closer to the angler and the performance of the kayak is less affected.