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AUjim
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Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching
We are currently using a slip ring anchor and I genuinely hate it. One of these -> Anchor Pic - Academy

I think I'd rather try a significantly heavier mushroom anchor, but not sure if it would make any difference....We've got a 19ft seapro center console bay boat. Water where we hang out gets pretty choppy with all you damn wake surfers!!! (kidding, i don't care)

Thoughts? Suggestions?


Shexter
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re: Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching

I use this any time I'm less than 8' deep. Just javelin it straight down and don't worry. I only use the slip ring in deeper water.

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Splackavellie
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re: Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching
Cajun anchor?


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lowhound
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re: Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching
if you're in sand in the surf, and it's too deep or choppy for a power pole, you better use the slip ring anchor and not the cajun anchor or that heavy boat is going ashore
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CHEDBALLZ
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re: Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching
What are you anchoring mud, sand, rocks? How deep is the water?

If you on a hard sand or rock bottom
this style works good. Tie off a rope to the back side with a float on the end to pull it up. Real easy.


Cajun anchors work well too. But not so much on a hard sand bottom.


AUjim
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re: Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching
99% of our anchoring is sandy bottom in about 3 ft water.

We are typically at a spot for 4ish hours and have to reset the anchor plenty of times when the big boats roll by....maybe that can't be avoided.....

My thought with the mushroom is that it might move a little, but thats better than breaking free completely, which is what my ole split ring tends to do...


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re: Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching
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Suggestions?


Trolling motor with spotlock. Best fishing accessory to be released since GPS. My anchor hasn't been out the anchor box since I installed it.
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tigerinthebueche
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re: Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching
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Just javelin it straight down and don't worry.


Don’t javelin that fricker down in that blackjack around Lake Mechant. I played hell getting one out of the mud after doing just that. Thought it was in concrete for a minute


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baldona
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re: Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching
Your slip ring/ fluke should not be coming loose no matter what, you likely either have too small of an anchor or more likely are not letting enough line out? Even in 3 ft of water you should probably have 45 ft of line out? 10-15 yards? Also likely need to increase your chain size so the weight holds it down and in place.

Given that, yeah a Cajun anchor/ pole type anchor is likely good for your situation.


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CHSBears
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re: Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching
We use a delta plow anchor on a 17.5 ft center console, when not using a ipilot.


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mohalk
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Redlos
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re: Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching
How much heavy chain do you have before rope?


Trauma14
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re: Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching
I use that same danforth and rarely ever have problems. Do you put enough line out?

ETA: The mushroom anchors are just about the worst anchor to use to fight against wake surfers.
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speckledawg
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re: Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching
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How much heavy chain do you have before rope?


This will make all the difference in the world. Need enough chain to keep it down.


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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching
I'm trying to tell yall to quit fighting those damn anchors and get a spotlock trolling motor. It will change your life. If you can't afford it save up for it. Its worth every penny.


tilco
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re: Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching
I use two anchors at sand island/Robinson island. Bow and stern. Plenty of chain. Boat never moves.

I float a bouy above each if it’s busy.


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AUjim
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re: Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching
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DownshiftAndFloorIt


I dont disagree....i'd love to have one...

But i'm talking about family days, not fishing days. I almost never anchor while fishing.
I'm trying to avoid running it up on the shore, prefer to leave it in a couple feet of water


baldona
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re: Shallow water anchor - trying to avoid beaching
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I'm trying to tell yall to quit fighting those damn anchors and get a spotlock trolling motor. It will change your life. If you can't afford it save up for it. Its worth every penny.



Op is hanging out at a sandbar for 4 hours it sounds like drinking beer with the kids maybe? That’s not a good place to run a spot lock imo. Fishing wise, I agree.


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