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PapaBear1975
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07/16/2017 03:42PM
What does everyone use to anchor their canoe while fishing? I plan on doing some slip bobber fishing, and I may want to anchor from time to time when I find fish. I know Piragis sells mesh bags you fill with rocks, but the price seems a bit ridiculous when I could get a mesh bag at walmart and do the same for a lot less.
 
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RackWrangler
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07/16/2017 05:25PM
Use a basketball net. I just tied one end off with a zip-tie, then I wove 550 cord through the other end with a slip knot to make it easy to open and close. Plenty of rocks in the BW to use as weight. Dump the rocks out before portages. Cheap, easy, and light weight.

RW
mgraber
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07/16/2017 05:30PM
Yup, a basketball net is about as good as it gets.
PapaBear1975
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07/16/2017 06:24PM
Huh....never considered it. I will defintely be doing that. Cheap, and at that price, I can pick up TWO of them so I can anchor in a specific direction if need be. Anchor rope is cheap, and I don't have to cry if one gets lost in davy jone's locker, haha.
Jackfish
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07/16/2017 07:53PM
Using a basketball net to make an anchor... one of the best bits of advice ever shared on this site. You'll never look back.
carmike
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07/16/2017 08:58PM
Another vote for the basketball net. Works great.
offroadjeeper
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07/16/2017 09:50PM
I might need to consider this basketball net business. Last few years I have used a small laundry mess bag. Packs small and seems to be holding up to the abuse.
Savage Voyageur
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07/17/2017 08:55AM
Two basketball nets filled with a rocks for me. That way you don't float around in a circle.
07/17/2017 09:02AM
Yep..... basketball net is one of the best things I've learned on this site. I've been using the same net for 10 years.
QueticoMike
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07/17/2017 03:25PM
Just take two pieces of rope with you. One small gauge for the rock, the other a little larger to use to lower the rock. Find a heavy rectangular\square rock, tie the first rope around all sides several times until you run out of rope. Then tie the second rope in the middle where your first rope crisscrosses the rock. - Anchor
Podunk
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07/17/2017 03:53PM
Basketball net. I use a caribiner to close the top and tie to anchor rope, also can clip to overhanging tree limb.
Papa09
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07/17/2017 08:47PM
quote Jackfish: "Using a basketball net to make an anchor... one of the best bits of advice ever shared on this site. You'll never look back. "

Couldn't agree more!
unshavenman
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07/17/2017 09:27PM
Basketball net for me as well. I have the bottom zip tied together and I fill with rocks and close the top with a small carabiner. When it's not an anchor it serves as my cookset sack.
quark2222
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07/17/2017 09:42PM
What kind of rope do you use for the anchor rope?

Tomster
mastertangler
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07/18/2017 08:34AM
I suppose if it's rough enough that a basket ball net with rocks won't hold you then you should probably be using a drift sock or perhaps you shouldn't be out there at all.......

Having said that I have picked up a stunningly effective anchor by Sea Cure meant especially for kayaks and canoes. Small and lightweight they are simply the best anchors I have ever used. They grab "right now" and in any situation, from sand to mud to rock. An ideal base camp anchor.

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If you are looking for an anchor for your "other" boat these are the best period (I have one for Kayak and another for my flat bottom flats boat). They will stick you quick and usually without chain. There is a rigging trick to insure it never becomes permanently stuck > tie your rope not to the provided shackle but rather to the tail end (there is a hole provided)....then cable tie your line to the shackle. If your anchor ever becomes stuck, just pop the cable tie with a yank and now your attachment point becomes the rear of the anchor and it will slide out.
CanoeIowa
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07/18/2017 09:50AM
Basketball nets weigh a couple oz. that my pick when I know I will be portaging on a trip.
mastertangler
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07/18/2017 01:09PM
Pretty sure that goes without saying.

But if your canoe base camping on Basswood or the like or just want an anchor for your Bass or Walleye boat that actually works (and that without a bunch of noisy chain) then the Sea Cure is the ticket.......they just work.
unshavenman
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07/18/2017 04:59PM
quote quark2222: "What kind of rope do you use for the anchor rope?


Tomster"


I just use 550 cord. I'm not going to portage in anything thick and bulky.
24kGold
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07/18/2017 09:33PM
I've never used these but I've seen them on store shelves.

Anchor bag

In the past, I've used anything I had that was mesh because I usually forget about the anchor bag until we're just about ready to pull away from the driveway for the trip. LOL.

Terry
07/18/2017 11:47PM
I use nets from expired knee hockey nets, a caribiner, and 550 cord. I usually bring 2, plus a wind sock.
AmarilloJim
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07/19/2017 07:06AM
550 cord here also. You don't need a full BB net full of rocks either. Watch for rope burns.
offroadjeeper
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07/19/2017 10:12AM
I once used a leech tamer for an anchor. I was desperate. :-)
jrlatt
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07/22/2017 09:59AM
I have not tried the basketball net yet. I have used the Spring Creek outfitters net and it works well.

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Basket ball net is a lot cheaper.

I do not recommend the kayak anchor. For a Kayak maybe not for a canoe.

kayak anchor
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07/23/2017 09:25PM
Did someone already mention just a small quality paracord rope attached to a rock with a single slipknot. works great and is super easy.
wharrier
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07/24/2017 12:12PM
quote : "Did someone already mention just a small quality paracord rope attached to a rock with a single slipknot. works great and is super easy."

I do this. Add a little ducttape if necessary.
jhb8426
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07/29/2017 08:41PM
I use a folding anchor previously sold by Bell. Weighs about 3-4 lbs. but holds the bottom well. Looks a lot like this one.

I mainly base camp so the weight is not a big concern for me.
Jackfish
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07/30/2017 02:02PM
quote jhb8426: "I use a folding anchor previously sold by Bell. Weighs about 3-4 lbs. but holds the bottom well. Looks a lot like this one.

I mainly base camp so the weight is not a big concern for me."

How many portages do you typically do while carrying that thing?
jhb8426
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07/31/2017 10:45PM
One or none. Tend to stay on Sawbill a lot now.
shock
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08/02/2017 09:53AM
quote jhb8426: "I use a folding anchor previously sold by Bell. Weighs about 3-4 lbs. but holds the bottom well. Looks a lot like this one.

I mainly base camp so the weight is not a big concern for me."

You dont have issues sometimes getting it back out of the rocks? I'm with QM. I just find a rock with different edges to it and wrap with rope both directions. Can never have enough rope in the BW.
OtherBob
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08/02/2017 09:16PM
Or you could do what two guys going up the very steep Eddy Falls portage did - one carried the canoe and the other carried a bowling ball size rock tied to the canoe. They had found the perfect rock and by luck had the perfect knot, so they were going to keep it, despite the barely muffled snickers of the crew fishing at the bottom of the falls.
shock
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08/03/2017 04:09AM
quote OtherBob: "Or you could do what two guys going up the very steep Eddy Falls portage did - one carried the canoe and the other carried a bowling ball size rock tied to the canoe. They had found the perfect rock and by luck had the perfect knot, so they were going to keep it, despite the barely muffled snickers of the crew fishing at the bottom of the falls. "
Is this tongue in cheek ?
Bigbriwi
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08/07/2017 07:10AM
Yet another vote for the basketball net here. I got this idea from these guys last year and will never look back. I do the carbineer on the bottom thing too.
 
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