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Float tube anchor 1 year 4 weeks ago #95

  • takey89
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I've been float tube fishing for more than 30 years but have never used an anchor. Davis Lake fishout info sheet recommends having one but I have no idea if it;s really necessary and if it is what kind to get. Maybe a small 2lb sledge hammer with a line attached?

I'd appreciate comments from some of you sage tubers.

Tom
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Float tube anchor 1 year 4 weeks ago #96

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I hope better answers than mine come up.
I'm a kayaker, not a tuber, so keep that in mind.
I use a drag chain instead of a solid anchor. I feared anything that might grab and hold, especially in any moving water (which I've not yet gone to).
My basic set-up is a two-foot section of heavy galvanized chain, attached with a carabiner. I carry one or two extra lengths, depending on conditions, in case I need to add weight/drag.
My anchor line is a retractable dog leash (20+ feet, for large dogs), attached to my kayak with a leash clip. On my belt is a knife, in case I need to cut and abandon.

The leash has a clamp button, so it'll go out only as far as I wish. It's retractor spring isn't strong enough to lift the chain, but it'll wind in as I manually raise the anchor; so I don't have coils of anchor rope flopping around. I sewed stitch marks on the black leash ribbon at five-foot intervals, to help me judge or set depth.

I'm happy with it. A 5-10 mph wind will slowly drift me, depending on the slickness of the bottom; and sometimes I want to drift. It takes a lot to move me when I have all three chains attached! If that happens, I ought not to be on the water anyway!
Being able to anchor is very handy, but having to raise anchor in order to move is annoying. Tubers who can hold in place with gentle kicking have more flexibility with less effort (but more tired legs). I often spend more time in one place than I ought, just because I don't want to heave anchor to shift a wimpy thirty feet. Everything's a trade-off.
Mine is attached at my stern and the smallest breeze will push me away from the anchor, so I always have the wind at my back. That's nice for casting, but I never have the option to cast upwind; and I'm no good at casting to my right (I'm right handed), so I'm often in a position, under a breeze, that excludes fishing a big arc of water. Unanchored tubers can kick around and fish 360 degrees almost all the time. (See "trade-off" above) Some boaters have adjustable attachment set-ups so that they can change from stern to bow to mid-ship; an anchor will always hold upwind.
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Float tube anchor 1 year 3 weeks ago #97

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I have a small collapsible one you are welcome to borrow. Just let me know.

Jim Cramer
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