Anchoring is a good way to deal with the wind and to stay on spots. There are many anchoring methods, depending on the wind, tide, current and water depth. Here are my personal top 3:
Tightline Anchor K5
My absolute favorite anchor and definitely one of the best anchors for kayaks and small boats! I mainly use the K5 in deeper water and attach it to a YakAttack Vertical TieDown with a carabiner. You can also use an anchor trolley or a retractable dog leash, there are many options.
The advantages of the K5:
– The K5 is compact, 9 inches tall, collapsible and weighs in at under 1.6 kg.
– The K5 is constructed completely of 316 grade stainless steel ensuring corrosion resistance and performance in saltwater environments.
– The solid pivot rivets on the arms ensure a smooth, quiet, and secure pivot point with a shear rating of over 1700lbs.
– A precision swivel is affixed ensuring your anchor line will not twist and provides a smooth surface for you to tie off to.
– The aggressive brake-spade design ensures the quickest and deepest anchor bite in loose sand, seaweed, mud and loose or large rocks.
– Break-away eyelets on the anchor base allow you to rig the K5 for retrieval should it become hung up under the water.
– The K5 easily collapses for transport and conserves space in your vessel and is compatible with the Anchor Wizard.
And the K5 looks damn good too! An investment that is definitely worth it. Check out the Tightline Anchor store locator for retailers worldwide: https://tightlineanchor.com/pages/store-locator
Shallow Water Stick Anchor
I especially like to use a stick anchor when fishing the Florida flats, but also here in Europe in very shallow waters. You can easily build an stick anchor yourself, but the material is not cheap. What do you need? A pultruded GRP glass fiber rod Ø 14 mm, length approx. 200 cm (sharpened to a point on one side) and, for example, a golf ball as a handle, as well as a good drill and glue. Contact me if you want me to build one for you.
A good rope is the connection between the stick anchor and the kayak. With this method you can loosen the rope on the kayak during a difficult fight and pick up the stick anchor later (therefore an orange golf ball, the stick is easy to find again). You can also put the stick through a scupper hole or rod holder.
Alternatives to a DIY stick anchor:
YakAttack ParkNPole https://www.yakattack.us/parknpole-link-pnpl-8/
Power-Pole Stick https://www.power-pole.com/products/shallow-water-anchors/spikes
Power-Pole Micro Anchor
The most expensive but very comfortable solution for hands free anchoring in shallow water. How does the micro anchor work? It is nothing more than a stick anchor, driven up and down by a motor, controlled by a remote control. Very easy and effective in shallow water if you want to spend the money on it. Many kayaks are already Power-Pole ready, others need a special mounting plate or you shouldn’t be afraid to drill four holes in the kayak.
The Power-Pole Micro Anchor weighs 3.5 kg, the separately sold lithium ion battery pack an additional 1.3 kg. The Power-Pole Spike is also sold separately.
I use a Rebelcell (https://www.rebel-cell.com) 12V70 AV lithium battery as power supply, which is overpowered and I could probably anchor for 100 days in a row. A smaller battery is sufficient.
There are European Power-Pole distributors in France, Germany, Italy, Romania, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden.
You can find all international distributors here: https://www.power-pole.com/international-distributors/