Outdoors Angle: Know When To Anchor

Steve Carney Outdoors
Steve Carney Outdoors

The Flag Outdoors Expert Steve Carney has your weekly Outdoors Angle right here!

     Anchoring was a main tactic back in the day but as we anglers have evolved into much more efficient fishing types, we tend to not anchor as much but prefer to be more aggressive and mobile. Anchoring has a time and place. Most anglers who tend to anchor a lot just prefer to sit and wait it out.  Eventually a walleye or two might show up but it is a low percentage play. I carry an anchor and rarely use it as I prefer to always be on the move.

     It is very important how you deploy your anchor. Never, ever tie your anchor to a side cleat on your boat. Heavy winds can make your boat capsize when tied from the side. Always tie directly to the main "eye" on your boat which allows you to freely handle incoming waves.

     The most common anchor is the mushroom style anchor which I have found to be inadequate. The best choice is called the river anchor which is a three-pronged style which grabs the lake bottom and holds much better. The weight of the anchor isn't as critical as is the style such as the preferred three-prong river anchor.

     Today's modern trolling motors are now equipped with a "spot lock" feature which allows the motor to hold in position which will eventually make anchors obsolete.

     If you have a honey hole which you know holds fish, anchoring can be effective. Most of the time you are better off being mobile and hunting for fish, not sitting and waiting for them to come to you via anchoring.

Steve Carney is The Flag WZFG Outdoors expert. He can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:05 on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. Check out his weekly podcast on am1100theflag.com and hear his Outdoors Angle reports every Friday on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. You can also visit stevecarneyoutdoors.com for more information.