“I use the chain anchor a lot as a brake — not to completely stop, but to move slowly down-current with the anchor dragging,” says longtime Michigan kayak bass aficionado Jeremy Crowe. “The more line you let out, the slower you go, until you actually anchor and stop. I usually let the anchor slow me down enough so I can take 10 or 15 casts at a piece of structure instead of just the two or three I could make going at the current’s speed.”
Crowe and his fiancée, Shannon Williams, fish kayak bass tournaments throughout the season and especially enjoy river and stream contests. Crowe, who provided the instructions for this project, notes that he needs five 12-inch lengths of 1/4-inch chain to slow his Jackson Big Rig, while Shannon’s smaller Jackson Coosa requires just three, sometimes four, to counter most currents.
The couple routes anchor lines to the tail of their yaks, which keeps the crafts tracking straight and steady in the current.
Another good anchor in current (as well as on lakes) is the Chene Kayak Anchor (cheneanchor.com
), which retails for about $30. This has a sliding O-ring for anchor line attachment, which allows easy extraction from snags. There’s no way to use it as a brake to slow downstream progress, however.