guys, just a heads up, but the easiest way i know to die in a kayak fishing is to use an anchor...!!! (okay, maybe trying to pee standing up in one...)
no lol involved.
i have used many systems over the years, even one just as you guys use. i don't any more. you see, i fish where there is current and wind. these are places and times when you should never anchor. if you are on calm water, no current or wind - anchoring is fine, although i find i don't need it (i have been 'yak fishin' longer that i want to admit...lol).
the problems are, when the winds gust or curent hits, or what happened most often to me - if you are working your way down stream by just bouncing the anchor off the bottom. when trouble hits, suddenly you are turned sidways by the current, heel over into it...and if you are lucky just get wet. with the stern anchor and pulleys - what do you do when it's hung up? (i ended up swimming!!) with a wire rope anchor line, you better have a pair of bolt cutters ready on you. (speaking of which, for night time or unknown area fishing ((and most other times too...)) i alway have a sharp knife lose in a sheath ready at hand, a pair of plyer, bailer, lip griper and a form of light...and i have needed them all. but only the knife has saved my life 4 times now. so please keep this in mind.)
after what happened last year i have added a pair of bolt cutters to this list, i was seriously hooked twice last year.
now, i'll confess i do anchor occassionaly, and when i do i use a rope line, often a 3 lt pop bottle or big bleach bottle, with lots of holes and some rocks in it for an anchor (doesn't get hung up easily, weighs little with just the a few rocks to take it down, and has the weight of it full of water (3lt's!) when down and used as an anchor). my main safty trick for this is...
wait for it...
to run the anchor rope under my butt! that's right, i sit on it! lol that way if the anchor gets hung up, or i just want to release more line, i just bounce in the chair and release the line. and i don't tie to the yak at all, just running it out from a rope bag in the back of the yak. been there , made the mistakes, i hope you guys avoid them...or only get wet.
have i ever told you about the time i was 'yak fishing for char on the fly while anchored and running a minnow trap...? lots of fun!! it wraped 3 times around the whole thing!! i landed it by hauling in all the lines i a bunch and then waiting for it to swim close and got it in my net!..and then i got to untangle a real mess...lol ah, fishin' - i can't wait!
gotta go, tight lines!