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Old 10-25-2008, 08:03 AM
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Here is a Q for you guys... my old hook works fine, but a friend of mine got me a new Might Mite wreck anchor as a "boat gift", which is sitting in the garage staring at me.



They are supposed to "bend" release pretty good but I was thinking about reversing the eye and shackeling off to the business end anyway... but can't figure out what the heck to sink into the plastic looking filler that the tube is capped with that will be secure enough... anybody have any experience with these?
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I have one. I use it just hooked as you show. no prob. I power it out if it,s stuck and bend back. used it 100,s times works great..
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Use it just as you have pictured and it'll work just fine. I've been using my homemade version of the Mighty Mite anchor for several years and it never gets stuck. If it doesn't pull free just cleat it off and motor ahead. The tines will bend a bit allowing the anchor to break free. Just bend them back to shape and you're back in business. Excellent wreck and artificial reef anchor.

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Hull Slap, I like the looks of your anchor. Did you make it? If so, got any drawings or info on how i can make one too?
Thanks.
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deltarome - 10/25/2008 1:34 PM

Hull Slap, I like the looks of your anchor. Did you make it? If so, got any drawings or info on how i can make one too?
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Here's a tutorial on how I made my anchor(posted back in April). I made a 2nd anchor because the original met an untimely demise when I backed over it with my truck.

http://www.thehulltruth.com/forums/t...ighlightmode=1
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HS... that is an awesome instructional post.... I notice you use chain on your wreck anchor... I just attach the rode direct with a shackleand slide a 6' length of old garden hose over it to protect the line from the sharp edges...
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Thanks!
I'm sure the rubber hose works fine for you. I use chain because the extra weight probably helps the anchor set quickly in a current while providing protection from sharp rocks. I use the same rode (3/8" three-strand and 10' of chain) for my fluke style anchor, so the chain stays permanently attached to the rope. I simply switch out anchors depending on where I'm fishing.
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That's interesting... most of the structure we grapple up here are artificial reefs made of subway cars, old barges and ships, tanks and tire units... as a rule, lots of twisted metal where I have always believed that a chain would create more of a problem of it's own by hanging up itself than being a help in getting down..

Also don't use my main rode, but carry the whole thing in a basket on board attached to a couple hundred feet of economy rode.... hate to put the premium rode down near all that nasty sharp stuff....
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when using wreck anchors do you still use the 5:1 scope rule for the amount of line you let out?
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No need to use even as much as 3:1 if waves aren't too rough. Since the hooks are hanging on wreck metal and not in bottom sand, the angle of attack can be a lot higher.
Usually, the fish are close to the wreck so if you anchor into the wreck and then have a 5:1 angle, you would be 400+ ft off the wreck in 100' of water!
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fmTuna - 10/26/2008 5:03 PM

That's interesting... most of the structure we grapple up here are artificial reefs made of subway cars, old barges and ships, tanks and tire units... as a rule, lots of twisted metal where I have always believed that a chain would create more of a problem of it's own by hanging up itself than being a help in getting down..

Also don't use my main rode, but carry the whole thing in a basket on board attached to a couple hundred feet of economy rode.... hate to put the premium rode down near all that nasty sharp stuff....
Most of the reefs I deal with seem to be primarily concrete rubble and concrete reef balls. Never had a problem with the chain getting snagged. I also have an emergency rode should I ever need it.
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It will work fine for you. I bought mine last summer and was pleased with it's performance. I use 15' of chain on mine to be sure the structure does not cut through the rode. I am also careful not to let out so much rode as to risk wedging the chain into the structure before the hook has a chance to catch. The previous posts bring out another good point. It is a good idea not to use your primary rode and chain for your reef hook. By the way, after a day of use, I just re-shape my mite by hooking it under a dock cleat and bending it back. The shank gives you plenty of leverage to get it back into shape.
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appreciate all the info guys!
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Lost mine yesterday. I had 5 feet of chain and 3/8 3-strand twist. Backed up as recommended and snap goes the three strand which by the way was in good condition. Should I use 1/2 inch on the next one or is it too heavy?
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I ust 1/2" rode on mine, with 6 feet of chain. When I read that guys were uning 3/8" I was wondering if that was big enough. My buddy uses 5/8' rode.
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Joe Mc 44 - 10/28/2008 7:12 AM

Lost mine yesterday. I had 5 feet of chain and 3/8 3-strand twist. Backed up as recommended and snap goes the three strand which by the way was in good condition. Should I use 1/2 inch on the next one or is it too heavy?
Motor forward in an arc not back. Be careful not to run over the rode. Backing up Putts all of the stress in a straight line against the snag. Something has to break under all that stress. I assume the rope was the weakest link so it gave way. Motoring forward pulls the anchor out backward or bends the tines without breaking the rode.
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Looking at the design - the rate of snatching a hard spot on the wreck would greatly improve with this type of anchor. I currently have a delta and sometimes I have to do a few attempts to finally get it to hook onto the wreck.

Wreck diving in the gulf stream atlantic ocean - most of the times there is a 2-3mph current. Only way to go down is along the anchor rope. While down on the wreck - I will resecure the anchor to the wreck for a solid hold. And come back up the anchor rope. Manual releasing the anchor off the wreck and drifting down current as I asend.

Since these type of anchor are suppose to give when stuck. Do you think a 2-3mph current will eventually undo the anchor with a larger boat attach to it? I would hate to be down under and when it is time to come up only to find the anchor missing off the wreck and the boat a 1 miles down current. How much force does it actually take to bend on of those hooks?
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HullSlap - 10/28/2008 7:33 PM
Joe Mc 44 - 10/28/2008 7:12 AM Lost mine yesterday. I had 5 feet of chain and 3/8 3-strand twist. Backed up as recommended and snap goes the three strand which by the way was in good condition. Should I use 1/2 inch on the next one or is it too heavy?
Motor forward in an arc not back. Be careful not to run over the rode. Backing up Putts all of the stress in a straight line against the snag. Something has to break under all that stress. I assume the rope was the weakest link so it gave way. Motoring forward pulls the anchor out backward or bends the tines without breaking the rode.
Yes it would be my inclination to do as you say but the manufacturer states strongly to back up only.[img]../jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-tongue-out.gif[/img]
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Joe Mc 44 - 10/28/2008 5:38 PM



HullSlap - 10/28/2008 7:33 PM
Joe Mc 44 - 10/28/2008 7:12 AM Lost mine yesterday. I had 5 feet of chain and 3/8 3-strand twist. Backed up as recommended and snap goes the three strand which by the way was in good condition. Should I use 1/2 inch on the next one or is it too heavy?
Motor forward in an arc not back. Be careful not to run over the rode. Backing up Putts all of the stress in a straight line against the snag. Something has to break under all that stress. I assume the rope was the weakest link so it gave way. Motoring forward pulls the anchor out backward or bends the tines without breaking the rode.
Yes it would be my inclination to do as you say but the manufacturer states strongly to back up only.[img]../jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-tongue-out.gif[/img]
Ignore the manufacturer next time.

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UaVaj - 10/28/2008 4:59 PM

Looking at the design - the rate of snatching a hard spot on the wreck would greatly improve with this type of anchor. I currently have a delta and sometimes I have to do a few attempts to finally get it to hook onto the wreck.

Wreck diving in the gulf stream atlantic ocean - most of the times there is a 2-3mph current. Only way to go down is along the anchor rope. While down on the wreck - I will resecure the anchor to the wreck for a solid hold. And come back up the anchor rope. Manual releasing the anchor off the wreck and drifting down current as I asend.

Since these type of anchor are suppose to give when stuck. Do you think a 2-3mph current will eventually undo the anchor with a larger boat attach to it? I would hate to be down under and when it is time to come up only to find the anchor missing off the wreck and the boat a 1 miles down current. How much force does it actually take to bend on of those hooks?
How large of a boat are you talking about? The largest Mighty Mite(16lb) is good for up to a 26' boat.
I anchor around and under the Bahia Honda bridge with my Mighty Mite knock-off(12lb). The current really rips under that bridge on an outgoing spring tide (5-7 mph ?). I've never had the current bend the tines much(20' boat). Never enough to break free. Amazingly, the anchor usually pulls free by hand without bending the tines. Motor forward until you're directly over the anchor then just pull by hand until it pops free.

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