Both Anchors and Drift Chutes are tools that are always in my arsenal as they each have special uses.  I use my anchor in a few different ways when I’m fishing the local river.  Sometimes I’ll use it to compensate for the current and other times I’ll just utilize the line and wrap the anchor line around a tree branch to hold the boat in a particular location or I’ll use a Brush Gripper.  At the coast I can use the anchor when I’m fishing in the deeper water out beyond the surf line. I may let out about 50 foot of line in my hunt for those big fish.  In cases like these an anchor trolley will come in handy as well.  Check out some additional info on anchor trolleys.

A Drift Chute, or drift sock as some refer to them, are a whole different ballgame. One of my favorite ways to use the drift chute is while drifting my kayak down a shoreline, I simply attach 8-10 feet of line to my kayak and at the other end of the line goes the chute.  The drift chute causes drag and slows the kayak down allowing me to get enough casts to completely cover the shoreline so I don’t miss any of the big fish lurking in and around the bank.

Pat Pancratz
ACK – San Marcos