How To Anchor A Bay Boat (Top Anchoring Mistakes & Tips)

hey there it's Joe somersaults run I'm

here with the man Captain Mark Johnson

8k Hollywood Florida Keys fun fishing


we uh we talked about anchoring you know

a lot of us we've done some anchoring in

the shallow water we've used the anchor

pins and stuff like all right we need to

do a video on anchoring a little bit

deeper water and you know what we were

just praying for like a really windy day

so we could show the worst conditions

and we got it so we're here with some

obstacles but we're gonna talk about

anchors the different types and we're

actually get it get a get here and throw

them in and show them how to set it and

everything right yes sir okay so we'll

get right to it so in the small boat

world anchoring the two most common

types of anchor is what you see here is

what they known as a Danforth anchor

okay it has flukes and shank and chain

and then my personal favorite here is

also known as a claw or a snowplow

anchor okay and this one is set up with

what we call the reef trip which is what

we have here with the zip ties and we'll

talk about that in a second but you can

look right off the bat that you can see

these anchors are completely different

and the reason being is sometimes this

anchor works really good on hard bottom

but it doesn't work so good on a grassy

bottom you find that if you're out in

the Gulf of Mexico where we macro fish

and stuff a lot and it's windy this

anchor will happen to get clogged up

with grass all in here and it will slide

and you can't stay tight to the bottom

whereas the claw anchor snowplow when

that digs in

buddy you're on you're on the hook

you're not moving so for me personally

this is what we fish with day in day out

but if you stay in a hard bottom

scenario or fishing where you can get

this to hang on the bottom around the

bridges and stuff these anchors work

fine they're also they can bend

sometimes when you get them hung up so

that could be an advantage to get him

out of the bottom when you get stuck

talk about a reef trip so when you hang

an anchor up on the bottom and you're in

deep water you can't just go down and

get it so all of a sudden you can't pull

it up so if you look at what I have set

up here you'll notice that I have a hole

here with a buckle okay and then you

have your chain runs down to the end

your shank and then that is zip tied

right here so the zip ties are enough to

hold the boat on this anchor tight and

then if by some bad luck day this gets

hung up in a rock or I can't pull it you

tighten up the anchor rope to your boat

you bump your boat in gear with enough

force to break the zip tie which then

turns around and lets the chain pull the

anchor from the back which then pulls it

out of the snag versus when you pull

from the front all you're doing is

putting that in the rock even worse so

this anchor here is showed without a

reef trip which most people do and

that's why diving anchors in the keys is

a full-time sport because you find these

anchors up and down the reef hung in the

rock where you can't get them out

without having a reef trip setup so all

right so that right now we're going to

go ahead and deploy an anchor and show

you guys how we would easy anchor over

the side how we get set up and how we

tie it off to make sure that you don't

catch a rope around the foot or have

some things that commonly go wrong with

folks that are new at anchoring so one

more thing let's uh let's talk about the

importance of the chain you know why

someone yes good call the most important

element of this whole thing is the chain

if you took this rope and you tied it

right to the anchor direct okay that's

about as most ineffective anchoring as

you can do and the reason being the

channel is the weight of the chain and

the length of the chain keeps the plane

angle of your line from the front of

your boat on even with the almost

parallel to the bottom which allows your

anchor to dig in if you take the chain

away and your rope goes right to the end

of the shank then all of a sudden your

angle from the top of your boat to the

anchor is much more right-side up and it

will pull the anchor out of the bottom

and make it very hard for you to stay

connected so that's a big a big missing

link or a lot of recreational boaters

they just tie a rope to your anchor and

they just throw it in and they don't

know why it doesn't grab the other part

of that equation is you have to have

what we call scope all right if it's 10

feet deep you can't get away with 10

feet of anchor

basic rule of thumb is you want at least

three feet of line for every foot of

depth on a nice flat calm day if it gets

a little windy or you have a lot of

current then you want to up that scope

to about five feet of line for every

foot of depth so think about that you're

in 50 feet of water you're going to need

at least 150 feet of rope if not 250

feet of rope to successfully anchor your

bottom and keep you your boat in a safe

anchoring position if you anchor your

boat with a short rope and you don't

have any give when it's rough out there

you can take a wave over the front of

your boat and you can fill your boat

full of water which we all know is not a

good thing so make sure you have the

right kind of scope on your rope when

you want to deploy your anchor in the

deep water scope on the RO scope on the

rope okay so let's take my favorite

anchor here which is the plow let's talk

about the talk about the weight of this

- very well compared to that it's I mean

it's night and day right it is it is so

me personally these are what we anchor

our Bay boats with and this is sixteen

and a half pound anchor and this anchor

size is probably good for a boat up to

30 feet long okay so that's good for us

I'd rather have a little too much anchor

then not enough this other small anchor

here is only 8 pounds and it says it's

good to up to 24 feet okay so it's very

easy to have too small of an anchor okay

which gets you nowhere or you can have

overkill anchor which again big anchor

small boats now you're struggling to

have a place to put them

so make sure whatever anchor you decide

to purchase for your boat that it

matches the size boat you're using it

and then buy an anchor that you're gonna

use for the majority of fishing you do

what kind of bottom you're on and again

if you're on the reef especially our

delicate coral reef here and the keys

make sure that you set your anchor up

with what we call a reef trip it can be

done with zip ties it can be done with

fishing line but you even Riggin wire

you just need to make sure you have some

way to break this free here and

pulling anchor from the back if you get

it hung up in the rock all right so

right now we're gonna set this anchor

out here we're in about ten feet of

water on the ocean side all in Moraga we

got about 15 to 20 knots of wind out of

the north and this anchor is gonna work

like a charm so a big mistake people do

two things one they pull all their rope

out of the hatch and then they'll have

it where it's almost upside down so your

rope is pulling from the bottom of the

pile which can create a tangled so if

you have short rope like a lot of us

using the inshore fishing you want to

make sure that you have it to where the

Rope is pulling from the top before you

deploy it so take a minute and set your

anchor and get things ready before you

deploy your anchor you'll see how I coil

this up here and I put it on the top

okay now another problem that people

like to do is throw the anchor anchors

are heavy gelcoating your boats

expensive if you drop this or throw it

in the hit your boat you can damage your

boat in the big way so anchors are never

really designed to be thrown over we

like to ease them over the side so you

have your anchor you have your chain

you're keeping the rope away from your

feet you get on whatever side you want

you go hand over hand away from the gun

on the rub rail and let your rope out

here you can get yourself in trouble if

you get wrapped around the foot or if

this turns into a big knot and you're

trying to untangle it while your boats

going to come under pressure you can get

your hands caught in it you can have a

lot of things go wrong so you can't

stress enough the importance of having

your feet out of the way in your rope in

a nice neat coil and not in a big giant

rats nests so once you get to here you

can let your light out you get to your

cleat you can see here you make a nice

figure eight okay you always finish it

with a lock all right and then just like

that here this anchor is going to come

tight and you know when your boat gets

anchored because as soon as it comes

tight the nose your boat is always going

to spin up into the wind so if you drop

the anchor

and you somehow notice

that see the boat spinning right now

just that easy if your drift in your

nose can be at some really off angle

that's a telltale sign that you're

sliding on the anchor and it does happen

you can come loose you can have a rope

come undone you can have somehow your

chain and shackle pins and come apart

things go wrong but as long as you know

and you feel the nose your boat is up

into the wind that's how you know you're

tight on the anchor so now it's time to

go so we're going to pull our anchor big

mistake people do again not paying

attention to your rope not letting the

boat help you so you have somebody that

drives and you can idle right up your

anchor rope makes life really easy a

simple hand signal can tell your driver

that you're straight up and down on your

rope okay and if your anchor doesn't

come loose on its own you can take a

wrap around the cleat and gently use the

boat to break it free and then you can

pull it by hand so people get themselves

in trouble they hurt their back they

slip and fall they get tangled in the

rope we try to eliminate all of that by

letting the boat help you pull the

anchor simple hand signals that are

universal in the industry and just once

again paying attention to what you're

doing so that nobody gets hurt so I'm

gonna have Joe put the boat in gear I'm

gonna give them a good point with my

hand which way the anchor is I'm gonna

untie my rope and now it's very easy

hand over hand making a nice pile in

front of my feet as we get closer to the

anchor as we get straight up and down

I'll give them a fist hand signal tells

him we're good to stop and now we're

straight up and down so now that I'm

here you bend your knees your whole body

is involved in the anchor pull so if

you're lucky it pops then you can pull

and once you get to your chain you can

be very careful on the gunnel it's hand

over hand of the chain grab your anchor

and you go out and over the gunnel again

if you drop this on your boat it's

expensive fibreglass repair

and that is the safe effective way

pull your anchor so for our filming

purposes today everybody we're only

going to deploy the one anchor but the

premise to use this anchor is the same

remember it's hand over hand when you

put it out tie your rope off to your

cleat when your boat comes tight you'll

know it'll go up into the wind and then

when you pull it same thing let somebody

drive and help you universal hand

signals get your anchor up and in the

boat and then when we before we go we

always secure this stuff because again

this stuff can really do damage to the

deck of your boat all right that's going

to cover how we anchor boats in the

shallow water again if you have any

questions on the type of anchors how to

set up your scope or chain feel free to

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