Trailmix: Outdoors bits and pieces
By Rich Kenda, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Friday, December 4, 2009
Avoid anchor chaos
Positioning a kayak in relation to a school of fish is aided tremendously by an anchor trolley system. Wind or current may require you to drop anchor, but you want that anchor line to run off the kayak at an angle that allows you to face in the direction you want to cast. Neil Taylor of Adventure Kayak Fishing has a trolley on each side of his kayak that allows him to manipulate his anchor line with little effort and noise.
There are several kits with slight variations on the market, but here is the setup Taylor uses (kits are available at most kayak outfitters or online for about $29-$39; kayak shops can install them if you’re not a do-it-yourselfer).
Start by attaching one “pad eye” within a few inches of the front of the kayak above the waterline on one side. Drill holes just large enough to snuggly insert rubber well nuts coated with marine sealant. Screw in the pad eye with tri-grip rivets. Now do the same at the rear of the kayak.
Loop a 10-inch piece of bungee from the rear pad eye through one pulley and tie it off at the pad eye with knots. Taylor says this keeps tension on the main line, which will stretch and shrink over time as it gets wet and dries. Use this “tensioner bungee” with another pulley at the front, if you like.
Next, run the main trolley line through the pulleys (or the one pulley and front pad eye) and tie the ends to a ring. Taylor uses a small, stainless-steel ring because plastic rings are much larger and tough to get a clip on/undone.
Now clip the anchor line or anchor float bag to the ring.
When you drop anchor and need to position the line, just pull on the line to send the ring and anchor line to the desired to position alongside your kayak.