One would assume that there is not much of an art to dropping a piece of lead attached to a rope into a flat piece of mud in order to hold your boat stationary, but I would argue that statement.
As many of you know, there are few things that are more frustrating than being blown off of anchor, having to pull the anchor back up, then find exactly where it was you were fishing.
In a future post we will cover how to anchor your boat properly, but right now let’s talk about what shape of anchor provides the best holding power?
Now, this is only my opinion that I have developed through trial and error with almost every shape and size anchor on the market.
Mushroom, claw, coated, uncoated, cannonball, star shape, painted, unpainted, this, that and the next thing.
I have never found anchors that hold better than uncoated, pyramid shaped lead anchors
How did this come about?
I was fishing one day, around 8 years ago, in a period of heavy wind. I was fishing with another angler in the boat, and we were anchored perpendicular to the breeze that was coming from behind us.
On one end of the boat I had a 15lb coated mushroom anchor, on the other end I had a 10lb uncoated pyramid anchor.
As the wind made a fool of us, blowing us off anchor every few minutes, I started to realize it was only the coated mushroom anchor that was dislodging from the bottom.
Though it was 50% heavier than the uncoated pyramid anchor, the slick coating and low-friction design were simply having a difficult time holding onto the lake’s soft, muddy bottom.
To further the experiment, I reversed the bow and stern anchors halfway through the day, but still experienced the same result.
Why do pyramid anchors hold so well?
The pyramid shape allows the anchor to turn on its side, and ultimately wedge itself into the lake’s bottom. This is why feeding a few extra feet of anchor rope on either side during periods of high wind can be the difference between staying on anchor and getting blown off.
The uncoated, rough exterior of these anchors does not promote the anchor sliding across the bottom like a plastic-coated anchor.
In a future segment, we will cover a few methods of anchoring on and around structure, as well as in periods of heavy wind.
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