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Old 02-05-2013, 10:38 PM   #11
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So you think 30ft of anchor rope will be good? Chad i have a paddle kayak an it gonna be a few months till I upgrade to a hobie!
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:46 PM   #12
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I do have a anchor I have used once. I would recommend at least 50ft of rope to be able to adapt to wind and current. This would be for shallower water say up to 30' .
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:47 PM   #13
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The anchor trolley is great for allowing you to position yourself while anchored. On my first kayak I had one and it was great cause I could easily shift my anchor point from bow to stern by pulling the rope. It's a must if you plan on fishing in current.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:55 PM   #14
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Okay thanks guys! I'm gonna go with y'all's advice an install an anchor trolley an have 50ft of rope.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:00 PM   #15
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In 30' water you need 90' rope. A 3:1 scope is recommended. I got by with 55' of rope and my Bruce anchor. The more rope you have out the stronger your anchor holds. A slipping anchor is a big pain in the butt.
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:39 PM   #16
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I didn't mention I'm a paddler as well so no luxury of the mirage to hold a spot while fishing but you do get used to drifting a little paddling back and doing it again. I only anchor if I'm getting moved a substantial bit. Both paddling and peddling have their benefits but I can say you won't see a hobie able to do a 360 without moving away from a spot or backing up against a bank to fish a channel.
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:37 AM   #17
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I'm with Chad. I use a Stick-It pin in shallow (0'-5') water. I have a river mushroom anchor for the sound / deeper water and 25' -30' or so of line. I use the anchor trolley for both. The mushroom is vinyl coated and has no sharp edges to snag. I do not anchor if the current is real strong - lot of things can happen and many of them are bad. I do have a float and easy release clip for my anchor line and pin. Something happens, unclip it and let it go.

When I venture offshore, I take the anchor trolley off and don't even bring an anchor. I do have a couple of folding claw anchors, but never use them.

If you do use a claw, it's smart to attach it at the bottom and ziptie the line to the top eye with a light - 10 or 15lb - zip tie. If it snags, yank on the line, break the zip tie and pull it out backwards.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:23 AM   #18
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I didn't mention I'm a paddler as well so no luxury of the mirage to hold a spot while fishing but you do get used to drifting a little paddling back and doing it again. I only anchor if I'm getting moved a substantial bit. Both paddling and peddling have their benefits but I can say you won't see a hobie able to do a 360 without moving away from a spot or backing up against a bank to fish a channel.
We carry paddles too. I use a half-paddle for reverse and one-handed finesse maneuvering. Personally, I find it easier to paddle the PA with a half-paddle than with a full kayak paddle (I'm not winning any races though lol). The rails come up too high for me, they get in the way of a proper kayak paddle stroke. Prolly just me though, I am a picky bastard lol. I do envy you revo guys sometimes when I'm peddling long distances. Sometimes I just want to give my legs a rest without stopping.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:35 AM   #19
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I only say it to make myself feel better. The day I can afford it I'll be peddling too
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:56 AM   #20
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I'm sorry rfh. I take it back. Peddling sux so bad. You prolly wouldn't like it.
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