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Old 07-21-2009, 09:35 AM
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i have a 19' pontoon boat and fish at mt. island lake in n.c.
having a hard time anchoring there mostly sandy bottom.
have bought 4 diff type anchors. have a problem setting them. 1 on each end of the boat.about 30 ' of water. they are long pointey things with a long shank and slip ring.
could someone please help me? is the anchor wrong type do i need another type for sandy bottom.?
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:44 AM
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Let out more anchor rope with the first and when it settles the 2 one know your distance of where you want to be and judge your drift so you can be where you want
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:32 PM
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Assuming your anchor is of reasonable size (and you don't need a huge one for a 19 foot 'toon) there are 3 things that will probably help a lot.

First, use about 8-10 feet of chain between the anchor and line - that will help keep the pull more paralell to the bottom and aid in digging in.

Second, use plenty of line - in 30 feet of water, you are going to want to have about 150 feet of line out.

After you lower the anchor and pay out all that line, cleat it off and give it a couple of short but hard shots of reverse gear to help set the anchor, and I bet you won't have any trouble.
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Old 07-21-2009, 05:52 PM
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thanks a bunch for the advise.
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Old 07-21-2009, 06:35 PM
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What top cat said , people dont realize the chain is just as important as the anchor
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Old 07-23-2009, 09:17 AM
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Ditto on the chain. I had never used chain because I had always had small 15' or less skiffs but when I bought my latest boat and knew I would be anchoring in faster moving water, put chain on my lines. makes all the difference in the world. I have found that a mushroom anchor that has been cut in thirds (it comes thsi way, I didn't cut it) (with 3 flukes) and a 6' piece of chain works well in sand/mud. I use this setup mostly in freshwater but do use it in marsh settings in addition to my danforth anchor.
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Old 07-24-2009, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by TopCat View Post
Assuming your anchor is of reasonable size (and you don't need a huge one for a 19 foot 'toon) there are 3 things that will probably help a lot.

First, use about 8-10 feet of chain between the anchor and line - that will help keep the pull more paralell to the bottom and aid in digging in.

Second, use plenty of line - in 30 feet of water, you are going to want to have about 150 feet of line out.

After you lower the anchor and pay out all that line, cleat it off and give it a couple of short but hard shots of reverse gear to help set the anchor, and I bet you won't have any trouble.

What he said except on a lake you may be able to get by with less than 8 feet of chain and a little less rope out. How much is enough depends too on conditions, ie, wind and current. Once you do it right a few times, you will figure it out.
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Old 07-24-2009, 04:52 PM
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i bought me 2 new richter anchors
1 25lb for the front
and a 18 lb for the rear, and longer rope for both , finally got it now. fished all day yesterday no problem staying in 1 spot.
i do have 5 ft. of chain on each anchor, before the rope. thanks a lot for the replys.
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Old 07-24-2009, 07:11 PM
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A scope of 7:1 is considered standard. At least you have the sense to have real anchors and don't mind asking questions. I can't tell you how many times I've had guys in pontoon boats pull along beside me while I'm anchored and throw out a couple of concrete blocks with a 75 foot ski rope attached. This in 50 feet of water.

Twenty minutes later, they're yelling at me that my boat is getting too close to them.
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