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Old 10-09-2012, 04:28 PM   #1
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Can someone recommend a decent anchor for perching on Lake Erie with a Lowe FM175 (95" wide, 17' long aluminum walkthrough). My current anchor gives me trouble when there is more than 2' chop. I have 150' of rope and 4' of heavy chain. I'm looking for something that won't break my middle aged back. I've also thought about adding 4' more chain on rough days. I'm usually in 30' to 50' of water. I think the clay gives me trouble. Thanks.
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Old 10-09-2012, 05:11 PM   #2
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Water Spike. Gander sells them, lightweight and they work well!

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Old 10-09-2012, 06:55 PM   #3
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We use a Danforth anchor. Lightweight and holds pretty well. Use a good length of heavy chain will help. THey claim 1/2 length of your boat. But haven't seen many who do that much. We use 150 ft rope and added a 1/4 inch vinyl coated chain about 6-8 foot.
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Old 10-09-2012, 09:51 PM   #4
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Put an anchor swivel between your anchor and chain. This will add weight to the front of the anchor and help it set.

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Old 10-09-2012, 10:09 PM   #5
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Never heard of one. But with any luck ill have a minn kota anchor lock next year.!
Of not i'll surely check it out! Thank you
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:18 PM   #6
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I use a 9lb Delta, similar boat and conditions and have never had a problem. Length of anchor line, 2x water depth on quiet days and 3-4 times when it is rough and windy. And extra line just in case.
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Old 10-09-2012, 11:46 PM   #7
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I have a slip ring anchor I got off bass proshop website for like 20$ it weighs like 5 or 8 # and holds really good. Follow manufactures instructions on 5' of 1/4" chain. More or less I have read bad reviews. Mine holds like a rock tho, with 5' of 1/4" chain.
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I have a danforth style with 5-6 feet of chain on my 18' lund. Never had a problem. I do have to let ot out slowly so it does not foul on the way down.
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It is not the weight of the anchor that holds bottom better, a light anchor will increase your search for perch as you will pull it more often to find the perch. You do not need chain or anything else, just use enough line to receive the proper pulling angle on the flukes of the anchor. The minimum angle on the anchor should be three times the depth plus the distance above water that your tiedown adds. Seven times the depth is the maximum angle used. For anchor line, use 3/8 inch poly line as it is lightweight, drys fast, takes up less room in your boat and you can pull it easily on your hands. it floats and is easy to splice. Keep things simple but the amount of line used will prevent some unhappy meet and greets with neighboring boats that are into the middle of a good school of perch and your lines are snagged on their anchor lines.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:33 AM   #10
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I have to respectfully disagree with using poly. the mere fact that it floats would tend to work against adding to horizontal pull. Also , poly has no stretch which can increase stress on your deck hardware. The chain is helpful in adding horizontal pull as well.

The best anchor is a minnkota terrova with "spot lock". you can anchor at a touch of a button! worth it's weight in gold!
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:43 AM   #11
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I have to respectfully disagree with using poly. the mere fact that it floats would tend to work against adding to horizontal pull. Also , poly has no stretch which can increase stress on your deck hardware. The chain is helpful in adding horizontal pull as well.
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Best thing i can recomend is driving up to your anchor, or getting an anchor ball...You wouldnt believe how great those things work for $100...

Windlass on my boat now, but another method ive used on boats before was just drive up over the anchor and tie it off and let the weight of the boat and wave surge pull it loose from the muck...

Chain in my opinion isnt 100% necessary in Lake Erie, but it does help. Ive anchored many many times in my old 22' Trophy with 13lb anchor and 150ft of rope...A good anchor though is a must...
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Carpetbagger hit it on the head! An anchor ball! I have one and it's one of the BEST investments I've made for my boat, bar none! It's a little tricky to get the hang of, but it works and will float the anchor right off the bottom and all you do is pull in the rope and float with anchor attached! It's not good for fishing in tight packs, however, as you do need some room to drive the boat to get the float down to the anchor.
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In response to the fishing in tight packs with anchor ball...Obviously youve never fished around Conneaut...lol



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Carpetbagger hit it on the head! An anchor ball! I have one and it's one of the BEST investments I've made for my boat, bar none! It's a little tricky to get the hang of, but it works and will float the anchor right off the bottom and all you do is pull in the rope and float with anchor attached! It's not good for fishing in tight packs, however, as you do need some room to drive the boat to get the float down to the anchor.
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:52 PM   #15
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I agree totally.


I'm sure, but not all of us are independently wealthy!
KaGee if your talking about me you surely don't know much about me or my condition. Lost my really nice 401 k to the government and the internet. Got disable and now live totally on disability from Social security. Which is very little. Main reason we grow and make most our own foods and try to cut corners HARD!
On the other hand I quit smoking, drinking and any other foolish (in my opinion) wastes of money. Even down to cutting my own hair and my two poodles. But what we got we spend wisely now!
I learned a while back that the more money you earn the more you're likely to waste. And when I made 80,000. or better a year i did too.
My fishing is about all I can really do and enjoy. Had t give up walking. So my boat is my bad habit. And to get that motor will require a lot of payments or saving. But don't be fooled Im not filthy rich. LOL! Im dirt poor and living a simple life. Which I have come to love and finally be fulfilled. One thing money never done for me.
Actually from what I know and see from the wealth or well off i really feel bad for them.
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:03 PM   #16
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Seen tons of them this year at Conny. A lot in the packs, and don't take much more room to pull i've seen. In the pack there's always some jerk trying to get so close he's either in your boat or over your anchor line. I always approach into the wind and off to the side of another boat if anchoring. Just common sense I think. If you drift your not going to be in their way. But not many seems to worry about it. Had one so close this year I could have wacked him in the face with my fishing pool. And had really started to think about it. He was taking sandwiches from his coolor and looked at me and said you guys want some. LOL! Then proceeded to pull ahead and pull anchor. Made me feel like a jerk. Glad I didnt open my mouth. LOL! Had thought of one but the ball seemed pretty expensive when I priced them.
Well one of our fishing buddies showed up to perch with us brought me his. It!s the ring and harness but he has a 1 gallon bleach jug tied to it. kind of took me back. I asked if it floated his and he said sure. It will float your weight too! So I don't know. Anyone ever use a plastic jug!
He also said he has a minn kota with auto pilot he took off his 20 ft boat before selling and asked if Id be interested. Has the foot peddle,chargers.breakers,mount,remote nd all. But don't know what model trust or type. Said he'd let me know. I may get lucky.
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:23 PM   #17
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Viper1,, depending the model Minn Kota your friend has, that may be a good route to go and save some on a ipilot system.. Minn kota makes an upgrade system for some models and it may be worth checking. Also keep an eye on the trolling motor classified at bass boat centeral, you may get a good deal there .. ,,, http://mk.factoryoutletstore.com/cat...a-i-Pilot.html

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Viper1,, depending the model Minn Kota your friend has, that may be a good route to go and save some on a ipilot system.. Minn kota makes an upgrade system for some models and it may be worth checking. Also keep an eye on the trolling motor classified at bass boat centeral, you may get a good deal there .. ,,, http://mk.factoryoutletstore.com/cat...a-i-Pilot.html
He claims it already has a remote and auto pilot. Just waiting to see. But yes, i was looking use to.
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Ditto and whats great about the Water Spike is it will disassemble for storage in about 15 seconds.
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:31 AM   #20
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69 Years old, back surgery, two rotator cuff surgerys, steel knee now, has me pulling the lightest anchor, anchor line by pulling up to get the anchor "up and down" and taking a turn on the cleat and powering the anchor free of the muck. I "get the job done" a dozen times every trip out on the pond. I do not fret over the weight of the hook and paraphanalia to overdo the job. The price of the winches and GPS trolling position motors along with the battery weight and charging systems will pay for my gasoline till the day I can not fish anymore.
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