Let’s talk about the best ways to keep you in that hotspot while fishing.
As a Hobie Pro-Staffer, I’m here to help you discover the best anchor option for your kayak fishing style. Below, I’ve outlined what I consider to be the three best options. I use all of these while out fishing.
This is a must have on any kayak I use. It’s a very simple design; just hook your anchor up to one of the connectors and move it to the front or the rear of your boat depending on the wind, current and the direction you want to face.
Installation with the PA and Outback is a breeze. You have pre-drilled holes on both sides. Simply align and tighten down. Our professionals at ACK can install quickly for you too.
I use the anchor trolly in marsh and deeper waters. It’s quick and easy to deploy and move the trolley, so no time is lost maneuvering or over-running your intended spot. The anchor trolly can be used with another anchor or a stake out pole as well for extra staying power.
Another great option for kayak fishing in shallow water or marsh is the stake out pole. This pole can be used on its own with a simple tie-off rope connected to the kayak. Or, combine the stake out pole with anchor trolley for maximum effectiveness.
I typically only use a stake-out pole if I’m fishing marsh sight casting. One issue I have with the stake-out pole is getting my line caught on it while casting. You have to pay attention to the location of the pole while casting to avoid it. When I use my stake-out pole, I’m usually standing so that the pole isn’t in my way.
Another good option is the Micro Power Pole. This is one of my favorite anchoring methods to use when the area I’m fishing in allows it. The MPP is quite convenient and takes just seconds to deploy. The power pole allows you to deploy and retrieve your anchor with the touch of a button. It’s powerful enough to hold you in place in most fishing locations.
The only major con of the MPP is that when you deploy it you have have you kayak set up correctly. Wind and tide will move you around if you haven’t set your drift up correctly or if conditions are too rough. I use the MPP in marsh or in areas with water up to 8 feet deep. There are longer poles available if you need them.
Before buying an anchor, consider which of these options will best suit your fishing style. Also, remember that it’s ok to have more than one anchor. In fact, I sometimes use all three of these options at once. Just be sure to plan out your trip and include your anchor(s) of choice in those plans.
– Hobie Prostaffer, Ryan Mclain