Float tube anchor

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Nick Clayton, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Mark Mercer

    Mark Mercer Member

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    For a couple of years I used two of my wife's three pound lifting weights, zip tied together and a rope....worked good, but looked kind of funny. I thought about the window weights but thought they would have rough edges. I eventually replaced it with a plastic coated 5 pound anchor, a little bit of money but I'm glad I did. If trying to save...I like Steve's idea.
     
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    cracked exhaust manifold from a 66 ford :D
     
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  3. Darryl Pahl

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    If you want a free anchor, I inconveniently left one at the bottom of Pass Lake this past December. On the right side, past the first bay, just off the downed trees in the water. I meant to go back to see if the cord had floated up, but haven't been back with the cold weather.

    That was the first and last time I used it, and was really bummed when it came undone from the tube. Even did that slow motion nooooo.... as the cord slowly disappear from sight. So all I know about tube anchors is that they sure don't float.
     
  4. David Loy

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    Darryl, FYI, that is the origin of the term "Bitter End", seeing the anchor line disappear. Of course it was a bigger deal on the windward shore in a square rigger caught in a storm. Wanna hear about frozen balls on a brass monkey?
    FWIW, I use the Scotty anchor system (on a SFC) with a lightweight articulated anchor similar to the one in Islander Steve's link. Works well as long as the tube is firm.
     
  5. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    It is for this very reason I often have a small homemade grappleing hook in my fishing rig or on my boat. It has saved the day on more than a few occasions for me or others in need...
     
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    An Idea my fishing buddy uses and I have adapted it as it works well. Using a chalk line reel from Lowes I strip out the chalk line and replace it with about 30ft of 80lb mono and tie a 4-5lb ball weight to it. I got so much other stuff already hanging off the tube 30+ ft of rope gets in the way. This is very convenient to roll up quickly and does not take too much space when not in use.
     
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  8. Nick Clayton

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    After some trial and error I've come to the conclusion that an anchor is a vital part of fishing out of a tube... at least for me. I ended up going with 50' of cheap cord from Walmart, and a 5 lb women's barbell thing. Super cheap, easy to stash behind the seat, and holds me fairly straight no problem. I just use my fins to make slight adjustments.
     
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    I have found that when using one anchor I swing around in the wind too much. I bought a "float tube anchor" with collapsible flukes from Cabellas and it was pretty much worthless. After a bit of trial and error I have found what works best for me is two 5 # downrigger balls, each one with its own rope. I tie one on each side of my float tube - no drift, no swing. Just make sure that when you are packing the tube into where you are going to fish, carry the weights separately (not in one of the tube pockets) - it's tough on the seams.
     
  10. Scott Salzer

    Scott Salzer previously micro brew

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    I was down at Outdoor Emporium and saw polypro crab bait bags for $2.99. They would work great as an anchor after you put rocks in the bag.

    I left one at Lenice right off the put in.

    MB