Cooper Anchors

Kayak, canoes and PWC anchors

aluminium and nylon durable and light weight Anchors for all type of small boats include Inflatable boats.

Available 4-versions - Small version for kayaks and canoes: 230g, medium-sized 1kg ,1.5kg and Aluminium 3.6kg for Boats up to 6m.

Kayak (230g) anchor

the little one - Cooper kayak 230g Anchor

The Cooper kayak Anchor, the little one on the photo below fits in the palm of your hand and weighs only 230 grams. When you first got it you can thought it is one of those cute anchor model things that reps use to sell things, but they really do work in a sandy bottom or some strong wind and it hold your kayak perfect. You can fish relatively shallow water 1 to 2 meters on the flat bottoms.

Canoe (1kg) anchor

The medium 1kg Cooper anchor can be used in different situations, it is good also for canoes. 1kg unit pull once in really strong wind. For better performance use a chain. The Anchor work well also in shaly or mud bottoms, because Cooper units dig deeper than most of other anchors. By creating a new balance point onto its tip, the small size blade of anchor fully eliminates the possibility of the Cooper staying on itís back and provides the max-holding-power for your canoe.

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How to keep your anchor rope neat and off the deck of your kayak

Kayak and Canoe Anchors

Kayak Anchors & Systems

installed Anchor Wizard

most popular anchors for kayaking - > 1.5 pound folding Bruce Anchor. (photo below)

This compact, with folded four flutes, small boat anchor weighs just 1,5pounds When deployed, made in galvanized steel 1,5lbs.

Kayak/Canoe Anchor type

Kayak and Canoe Anchors


Anchors - Anchor Types

most popular anchors for kayaking - > 1.5 pound folding Bruce Anchor

This compact, with folded four flutes, small boat anchor weighs just 1,5pounds When deployed, made in galvanized steel 1,5lbs.

Kayaks or canoe need to be anchored at the stern or bow, with the small but effective anchor with less line length than conventional boats or fishing boats. A variety of foldable and light type anchors are available for this boats-kayak/canoe. Most weigh somewhere in the 1,5 - to 8-pound range equippet with thin nylon rope. Note :Anchor rope must testing at least 40 pounds. Some Experts recommended max 100 feet of rope.

There were minor differences among the three in choice and exact rigging of anchors, possibly relevant to the water conditions fished, light anchors is best.

Anchor system to your canoe

Anchor Wizard offers easy solution to keeping your boat position , and fish fighting instead of the wind for canoe owners.

On photo below is the working kayak anchor wizard with a anchor trolley.

The "Kayak Anchor Wizard" is great for positioning over big fish on a windy condition.

One of the best smal boat anchor system. Many paddlers will be doing this to their ocean kayak trident 13.

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Kayak Anchor Wizard with a mushroom

An effective and realy easy to use kayak anchoring system with a mushroom style anchor.

This system looks great do they provide all mounting instructions. And what all comes in the kit, so simple to install and use. You can attach the crank box to gear track or bolt directly to whatever your kayak has. For sea kayakeers that will eliminate some of the anchor problems: problems with Scope, with Corals.

"Watch Videos"

Anchor Wizard do have a very unique pontoon anchoring system. If you didn't find the video link on their website, just click on the "Watch Our Videos" button on the main FB page( and the first video that is listed is the pontoon video that they shot this summer.

The video shows how to install the unit, with the "nose piece" actually mounting under the deck. This way you never have to leave the driver's seat to drop or retrieve the anchor, and you aren't tripping on the anchor line with the system essentially working under the deck.

How to Use a Kayak anchor system & Safety

You can made one of these for your kayak - works fine for lakes. But do not use it in a WW river. Not being able to cut away from the anchor is very dangerous with moving water. For moving water attach a drag bag to the anchor point.

You cannot be too safe in fast moving waters when you decide to anchor any boat, let alone a kayak. AW spool system is designed to "free-spool" when you rotate the handle counter-clockwise just a half-turn. This would allow a person to quickly, "spool out" the remaining anchor line on the spool as fast as the current would take the kayak down stream. Also, by not tying the anchor line to the spool directly, you would be able to release from the anchor completely once it spooled out.

Better to lose an anchor than lose yourself. Anchor Wizard are also designing a mountable cutter that the anchor line would run through - in the event that you only have time to slam the button and cut the line, and not fumble around with releasing the spool itself.

Kind of like an "EJECT" button that you slam once and you're free from the anchor immediately. You should always know the limits of your watercraft, you own boating skills, and any body of water you decide to take a float on. Safety is imperative and should never be taken for granted.

Shallow Water Anchor from Swivel Stick

The Shallow Water Anchor system below is Swivel Stick recommendation for any kayak. They are slim design, One-Hand Anchoring system and docking Capabilities. Feel secure with one of the best stabilising system for kayaks.

The Swivel Stick Anchor-System precisely designed to create the Ultimate shallow water anchor system. Components are made from 316 Stainless Steel, aircraft aluminum and similar to Teflon - Delrin.

Swivel Stick's Videos on YouTube illustrates the functionality of Shallow Water Anchor on the kayak.

Richter Anchors

The angler Anchor design by Richter Anchor has centered weight with the addition of a release bar that makes the unit near 100% retrievable. In fact, this anchor been tested by countless tournament, Tandem kayakers,canoers and fishermen, the Richter maintain a very good holding power with a 3:1 scope.

medium size -18lb Richter boat anchor

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In rough water use extra anchor line ( you can using 2' to 4' foot. of chain) and et your line in at a 25° to 40° angle. For easy retrieving, and to allow the line to follow the release bar to base you must position the small boat over the anchor.

The anchor isn't your second anchor, it's the first and only anchor you've ever needed. Richter anchors come in 3 versions: small 14lb. for $74.99, 18 lb. for $84.99 - It's anchor for boats up to 20 foot and large 25 lb. for $94.99 designed for boats up to 30 foot.

Richter Anchors
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Anchoring a small boat

Anchoring a small boat-canoe or kayak, especially when in a current, can be risky and dangerous, and some anglers never anchoring a canoe or kayak. Note: Never simply lower the anchor over amidships and then tie it off to the gunwale. It's far safer to anchor off the stern or bow, when it holds, snap the anchor rope in to the carabineer and test the rope can flow through the carabineer-ring.

Anchor Types

Canoe or Kayak Anchors use shape, weight or a combination of both to achieve their task.

There are several types of canoe and kayak anchors for small or large models easiest way to stay on a hot spot is to good-anchor. Canoe or Kayak

must be more effective and less dangerous-in some cases an anchor can be very - dangerous for kayak anglers.

Anchors are powerful tools for anglers. The size of anchor that you will need is dependent on the size of your kayak/canoe.The most common used for canoeing or kayaking are, folding Bruce/Claw and stake - out poles. The clawstyle boat anchor is good for storage and work in any condition with moderate to slow current,good in salt and fresh water kayaking. The Bruce anchor is ideal kayak anchor choice and ideal for small boats, constructed for sand or muddy bottoms, this anchor is quickest to use, consists of a pole that is pushed into the bottom and attached to the kayak.

Small Canoe-Kayak Anchor

A small, Light weight boat anchor is a compact and durable, light weight anchor perfect suited for kayak or canoe fisherman. This anchor provide maximum stability and equippet with hold fast folding arms ideal for xtremely susceptible to wind small boats and canoes/kayaks.


Canoe/kayak Anchor

The large anchor is a strong large size anchor that will provide maximum holding power. This anchor is most suitable for kayak and sea kayak or canoe fishing.

Compact one piece design mushroom anchors rely on weight more than shape, provides excellent holding power 8 to 15lb. and are best used on mud or sand or structure-free bottoms.

Compact one piece design mushroom Sea Eagle Canoe/Kayak anchor

Folding Anchor

Folding kayak anchor, ideal for kayak fishing is a durable, light weight and compact anchor, thatcan fold this anchor and can carry easily wherever you go and offers enhanced stability.

Foldup Grappling Anchor for canoe/kayak. holding power1,5lb - Grapnel anchor 7 inches long are relatively lightweight but their claw-like arms grab and hold subsurface structure such as wood and rock.

Sea Anchor

The sea type anchor is made up of piece of strong clothes,small parachute on a long line that will be attached to the bow of kayak. This anchors known us "sea socks" will stoped you drifting down wind, the kayakers and some canoers are advised to avoid heavy winds and large waves.

At that time sea-anchor is more useful to stay in a stable position to face the winds ,this anchor helps to maintain stability, but use the anchor in some situations only and always carry a razor sharp knife in case you need to cut the anchor line.

Kayak Drift Anchor by "Seattle Sports"

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Drogue & Sea Anchors

Seabrakes unique and compact provides controlled restraint Sea anti surfing Anchor, easy to operate and retrieve, principle operates through the disbursement of waterflow to induce local turbulence creating a variable pressure seawave which is activated by speed through the water drag effect, great Seabrakes for kayaks and providing endless hours of tangle free operation and better reliability for every day use on water.

Collapsible Sea Anchors - Sea Anchors suitable for small boats or big kayaks keeps your boat in the seaarea longer if waiting for rescue, Same uses as hoop style sea anchor but with the added feature of being able to store in its own compact design bag in a smaller space simply collapsing the two diagonal support struts. Controls your boats movements and reduces wind drift in open water when resting

DROGUE Anchors- Complies equipped with 'AYF' Rules, Attaches to horse shoe float or dan buoy to reduce wind drift. The weighed flexible wire hoop springs open when removed from the pouch easy and ready for use in an emergency and Storm conditions. Designed and manufactured from nylon strong fabric with nylon attachment line/cord. Comes complete with storage pouch.

Anchor chain or line?
A anchor line is lighter also is the best choice dor canoe or kayaking. Polypropylene thick braided rope (very strong and will work well for many canoe/kayak applications) is lighter than water and therefore it floats and can find in many inch diameters & colors that best fits your needs.


Anchoring and Skills

Fishing Anchoring and Skills, learn more about Kayak Anchoring may well be the most fatal thing and dangerous part of the fishing or sport when you are most likely to capsize, become fall off or tangled of your boat. don't anchor if you are not sure, and have any doubt about the whether and water conditions and the tide is ripping through, think hard and long about your level of kayak skill.

It's important you have mastered anchoring and paddling. Technique Downtiding - majority of your fishing skills, running bait behind the boat with the (sea)tide, where the bait is cast uptide of the kayak. This Technique isn't really important to angling, as you are unlikely to anchoranywhere. It's perfectly possible to fish from a drifting kayak(for some species the best way to fish), you want to stop a good place somewhere and fish a particular area or just rest. So here you have two choices - 1.attach yourself using an anchor to a fixed point on the seabed or 2.either find something to which you can secure your boat for fishing. Some Models come with an anchor and warp to the kayak and some kayak have a cleat to attach the anchorwarp. The problem with a kayak is that you have not got access to the bow, either to tie off the anchor or to retrieve it once it's down.

The anchor and carabiner trolley allows to be safely anchored by the stern and you can release from the anchor quickly

”ou would have access to the bow and be able to retrieve an anchor from the front of the kayak and main problem is that you haven't got access to the bow, to retrieve it once it is down or either to tie off the anchor. If you just chuck an kayak anchor over the boat side and hang onto the rope it will pull side on to the tide and this is bad position, this can turn into a bigger problem ,it can lead to coldwater coming over the gunwhale. You must be attached to the boat, as you will quickly drift away from it. Is recommended when anchoring in any kind of tide, a safety leash to keep you attached to the kayak.

Main types of

Kayak Anchors

Most kayak anglers use a 1.5kg/1'/2-pound folding type quite cheaply anchor(pic below).This Anchor will hold a kayak. Attach 15 feet of line(nylon) to the anchor and tie a brass snap. The other main type of kayak anchor you may come across is the drogue or sea anchor(small parachute-type device). Recommended for use that the drift is being caused by the wind and not by the current.



Hot dipped galvanized lightweight anchors provide holding power to 8,8lb. that fold easily after use & include a locking collar Ideal for inflatable boats, kayaks and jet skis as they are compact and there are no sharp edges.

1,5kg/3,31b; 2.5kg/5,5lb; 3,2kg/7,1 lb; 4.0kg/8,8lb;

Attaching /different opinions/

the Anchor

There are many different opinions to attach the anchor.

It's a good idea to attach the kayak anchor at least 1-1,5m of chain for a couple of reasons That warps fitted directly to the anchor can be damaged and length of chain the warp lies flat along the seabed and any force applied to the boat anchor will try to pull it along the seabed and willmeet max. resistance.

Also it's important How you attach the 1m chain to the kayak anchor.

The one way of attaching an anchor is to use a bridle, which is just a relatively short loop of rope running from one anchor end to the other. You then run this rope through the bottom link of the chain. When anchored up, the chain will tend to go to the rear of the loop and the kayakanchor will hold fast.

The other way that are good for attaching an anchor is to use different cable ties to find one which breaks out at the right force, or you can make a slight nick in one with a pair of steel pliers.

The other way of attaching. Moving the anchor shackle and attaching it to the 'wrong' end, then run the anchor chain back up the shaft of the anchor and strong attach it to the anchor-eye with a small s.steel cable tie.

1.5 lbs Anchor works fine.

Just make sure you hook your mainline to the bottom eye. Run your rope up the shaft then attach to top eye using zip ties so that when it gets caught on something on the bottom and you can't get it unstuck you can pull hard enough to break zip tips then it pulls from the bottom and should become dislodged. Use a grapnel anchor in rocky, tree stumpy, sand, mud.

3.5 lbs anchor - notice i ran the line to caribeaner and cable ties it to the eye of the anchor... if you get too hung up, the cable tie will break and anchor will turn upwards and get through the cover. Works great in cover and if you are in mud, just let out more line to create an angle for those claws to grab.

Retractable clothesline is good to keep line organized.


anchor system

There is another way of fitting an anchor,which gives you a little more flexibility by attaching a small buoy running freely along the anchor warp, you can put the boat anchor down and then have the dive reel floating at the surface, you can put it down and then have the dive reel floating at the surface, held up by the buoy.

”ou can then have 3to 4 m of anchor rope attached to the dive reel with a strong carabiner, which you can use to effectively moor the kayak to your dive reel much as you would to a pot buoy or other mooring point. This has the advantage that the buoy then takes the weight of the warp rather than your boat. Then You can run the anchor rope from the buoy to your kayak via the carabiner on your anchor trolley, and secure.

retractable kayak anchor

The main reason for some type of retractable kayak anchor

Retractable kayak anchor is an easier way to keep the tangled mess of anchor rope from happening opposed to hand spooling it while trying to retrieve it, but using the anchor in my river you have to be able to put a lot of pressure on it to get it off the bottom.

Retractable anchor line and added a UBS charger with volt meter

Highly recommend that you put a carabiner on the anchor and another on the anchor line so you can disconnect them. It's never a good idea to leave the anchor attached, especially in a yak. If you were to fall off or capsize and the anchor falls in the water your boats stops and you go down the river.


your kayak anchor

it's recommended always recover the anchor from the front of the kayak,why?, -the front of the kayak is a place where the hull has most boatbuoyancy. If your kayak anchored by the stern then first quick-release system which system leaves the kayak drifting downtide of the marker buoy with the rope streaming out behind the buoy. While the line is slack lock off the reel and run the trolley up to the bow, put the trolley line through a locking cleat to keep the carabiner at the bow and the anchor can be pulled up and in, and taking it out of the carabiner.

The New Squid Kayak Anchors

"Squid" small and lightweight Boat Anchor delivers highly efficient alternative anchoring systems for kayaks and canoes. Learn more

AirHead Anchors

Canoe & Kayak Anchors and Anchor Systems

PWC Sand & Rock Anchor

Very lightweight and compact anchorning unit with durable tri-laminate bag , weight-only 0.8 pounds is designed portable for anchoring kayaks and pwcs to keep the impeller off in shallow water. For use, fill this anchor bag with up to 25-30 pounds of sand,rocks or iron equipment , does not matter what are.Come with 6-foot rope and snap hook.

Boat Folding Anchor System

Designed for kayaks and small boats inlude small sailboats, inflatable ,float tubes and canoes this complete anchor system include four-fluke folding anchor is in a class by itself. It's also perfect for fishing paddlers, designed for temporary mooring in sand, mud, rock and gravel bottom. This 3-1/31b anchor come with a protective coating,heavy-duty SS-snap hook and 25 ft. long rope,also marine-grade, which is designed for great strength to weight ratio and a
nylon storage durable case.

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Screw small-craft Anchor System

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Lightweight only 1.4 pounds small boat Anchor System designed for anchoring in shallow waters, rivers, lakes or just off the beach. Also perfect for anchoring when fishing, if you fight a big fish you can in clip the anchor quickly , get the anchor and return to the float marker. Come equipped with the 8 ft. long marine-grade rope with giant nylon snap hook at each end plus nylon storage case protects dampens and boat.

Lightweight Canoe/Kayak Fluke Anchor

ightweight only 1-3/4 pounds and compact only 13.5 Inches in Length, 2.5 Inches in Height, vinyl-dipped boat fluke anchor is ideal for small boats, wooden or PWC canoes and kayaks. This Anchor system by AirHead come with sturdy nylon case for convenient storage onboard or in the garage and a marine-grade 25 foot rope.

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The Grappler Canoe & Kayak Anchor

the GRAPPLER ANCHOR needs to be on your kayak or small craft

American made - Grappler Anchor

Superior anchor construction made of high quality aluminum alloy and patent pending design makes this the last anchor you'll ever own.

Now you can now take the Crappler anchor with you on your kayak ventures. Strong enough to hunker down and small enough to fit in your gig. Crappler are available in five colors - green, white, blue, red and black.

Customer Reviews:

There's some truth in your words. Very little however. So you're stating that you are either an immortal from the roman empire, a direct living decendant of the lost Mayan tribe, or a native of many tribes of Alaska. All of which are known to have used hook type apparatuses to anchor and secure boats many centuries ago, not decades, centuries. Fashioned of bone, rock, forged iron, etc. ANY person can opt to patent an invention, an improvement on an existing product, etc. There are over 40 classifications of patents. And fyi copywrite is a person who is employed as a writer of documents, etc. Mostly in the entertainment and legal fields. Copyright, trademark, licensing, etc. Are separate issues from patent. I own patents on products I've developed. I applaud your father for being an entrepreneur himself and I'm not on here to argue about anchors. Ive built anchors of many different varieties for over 30 years myself. As far as my butt hurting? Ur funny. Not. I knew the 1st guy to ever use fire. Mike Paul

I would never be upset at someone being an entrepreneur. My father had the option to patent and sell it, but he knew that US patent laws only require 17% difference from a patented item for a replacement product to be sold free from copywrite infringment. Due to te half dozen types of metal to be used, buckle locationS, etc. Replacement products would be easy. I'm glad these guys are making an American product and profiting off it. I love seeing good people make a good product and experience success. Russell Jay Matt

Its too light even when filled with lead like mine hooks up to late my metal & rebar much better. I have used as grappling hook to nuns, cans markers with ladders so I don't crash into or wear out ropes but for precision anchoring in moving tide aluminum useless. Josh Jorge

Kayak Anchor Trolley & Systems
(Yak Gear -

A Yak Gear Kayak Trolley provide the ability to control the bat position in large rivers or lakes in windy conditions or with currents. Another point e is the anchor point on the canoe or kayak itself, so size and weight is a major issue. This "How to install YG" video below will helps you out, you may be continue to purchase Yak Gear.

When the current and wind are moderate, with regard to your target you can vary the Yak Gear anchor point along the length of the boat to better position, a unobstructed view or easier casting.

An kayak anchor trolley is a nice system to add so you can position the nose of your boat to have a direct shot at your target. But some paddlers and anglers prefer using a traditional type anchor (like SeaClaw) in shallow water. By adding a cleat to the side of your kayak so you can tie off your anchor at the desired length.

Note: If you prefer this method, Keep in mind, the rope of Anchor Trolley Kits (the Yak Gear kit comes with 30' of rope) that came is tended to stretch a little after being on the water so you need to re-tighten the anchor system to preference, once tightened correctly, it works really great. If you don't need all 30' for the trolley system, you should cut the rope for only the amount you need shown in this youtube video and use the rest.

These inovative clothesline-type rigs allow pivot point from the comfort of the cockpit and quick-release adjustment, yet maintain the quick-release important safety feature. That’s why so many fishing boats are well fitted with anchor trolley's down one side, available as aftermarket kayak accessories and trolley replacement parts or options from Yak Gear includes: Yak Gear Deluxe Anchor Trolley with the Harken pulley, Pad Eye System for a smoother experience and Stainless Steel Anchor Trolley uses a stainless steel pad eyes, stainless sheath pulley system plus 30' hanks of rope.. price range from $18.99 to $959.99.

Grapnel Anchor Kit from Yak Gear >>

Lightweight 1.5lb folding grapnel canoe&kayakanchor  from Yak Gear. come equiped 30-Feet rope, Storage bag and complete  instructions

Deluxe Series Anchor Trolley Kit designed to maintain stable canoe/kayak positioning

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Related Topics:

small boat anchors, Techniques of anchoring and Basics

If you're looking to purchase equipment, check out craigmarine for helpful information. When you want to take the sport a bit further than just leisurely paddles around the harbour or cruises down an easy river, we can really help you.

If you looking out for the best setup for fishing kayaks - you can hook kayaks side by side with a short rope and use a small size sarca anchor or Lightweight 2,5 kg Hans (manufactured to be used in various situations).

To learn more, "What is SARCA", Tidal Anchor Test skid click link above.

Sized specifically for canoes and kayaks small size Grapnel Anchor is very useful when you want to enjoy a fesh juice, sandwich or fishing while sitting in your boat. You won't have to worry about boat drifting all over the place, without constantly adjusting your position.
The only negative issue is that it Grapnel is difficult to get out and in aof the storage bag, since the points of the Grapnel catch on the bag, especially for mesh bag.

Many kayakers recommend spending money on a anchor dumbbell. Put it toward a real 8lb anchor (on photo below) plus and circa 25 ft. of rope. Mushroom works well and holds your boat.

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Danforth type anchor is quite inexpensive, holds well in a number of situations has a slotted shank so that if you foul the anchor you can fast slide the swivel-shackle up to the head and pull it out backwards. The negative comment is that you have a place to stow it.

Anchor Wizard Kayak System

The Anchor Wizard is kayak anchor system for enthusiasts. Anchor Wizard are designed fom 319 Aluminum and come equiped with up to 60 feet of 1/8" anchor line. it's innovative solution to use als Fisherman type anchors.

To drop your anchor in a free spool release simply turn the handle backward. To lock the spool and keep you anchored in waters areas while you fish simple forward crank (in the clockwise direction) of the handle.

Kayak anchor lock system
offered by Scotty (

kayak anchor lock system

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The small boat and kayak anchor new lock system from Scotty. The leading company focused on the marketing and development of Fishing and Boating Gear & Equipment on the new level.

fixed or Flush mounts

This New Anchor Lock release system for kayaks are specially designed for use in still water fishing situations. this is strong enough to hold boat in fresh water lakes or rivers. Designed to work with anchor rope up to 0.5” diameter. Works smooth, and allows line-adjustments with one hand. Lock system featured with Easy action, release and lock, this allows right adjustments for angler.

Scotty Anchor Lock can be mounted fixed or Flush mounts, also over 200 Combination Deck & Side Mount.

Cabelas Anchor kit for kayaks

Perfect for small watercraft and anglers in kayaks. This low priced anchor kit includes 50 ft. of line, a folding 2-lb. grapnel type anchor and anchor system to let paddlers operate the remotely. This system from Cabelas for fishing in the river is cheaper and works just as well or better, and is easily stowed and lightweight.

Kayak Anchor kit from Cabelas

It is super easy to deploy the anchor system and move it anywhere you need it - from the bow to the stern of the kayak based on current,also windy conditions. The kayak Anchor kit will work great for small lakes or ponds but not recommended for tidal areas with sandy bottoms.

Kit come with carabiners, grapnel anchor itself come pre-connected and with a lock ring, but is no block,anchor float or cleat included.

Inflatable kayak anchor system

This anchor system is fantastic for individuals who choose to seafood too for anybody who choose to take a rest from paddling, have lunch and perhaps a nap without floating away. This inflatable kayak gal grapple anchor weighs in at only 3 pounds. and it has some good features. It's not that simple to find a great inflatable kayak and inflatable canoe anchor system.

QUICK CLEAT - An New Innovative Kayak Mooring Device

This QUICK CLEAT is an easy to use kayak and canoe mooring device that can be used for anchoring, anchor lines, drift socks, boat bumpers, halyard lines, minnow buckets etc.

Moving parts, sand, fine dust, wear vs a cleat that will last for centuries. Cold kayak fingers might have a hard time with the twisting.
If there was a really big load on the line (as in an emergency) I don't see how you would overcome the load to release this. On a cam cleat one can jerk the line up to free it when the load is too great to pull back and release the cams. Since this has a lip over the line once it is engaged that can't be done. It's safe by paddler standards.

It's a "one trick pony", whereas existing cleats can be used for lots of uses. Even the same cleat can be used for different sized ropes, eg for a fender or a sheet or a mooring warp.

Different anchor system

Only tried it a couple times but it makes a huge difference if the wind is blowing you off your favourite spot. Its great to have a retractable leash so I don't have a mess of rope.

Harmony Anchors

Kayak and Canoe Gear and Accessories

Born out of the mix of three great kayak paddlesport brands, now Harmony is one of the top industry's providers of quality Kayak and canoe paddling, accessories and kits at an affordable price.

Harmony Gear - Kayak and canoe Anchor systems and Trolley kits

Angler Essentials Kit from Harmony

Provides the essential parts require to get yoursmall boat ready to go fishing, this is the comprehensive kayak outfitting kit for fisherman . The new "Angler Essentials Kit " by "Harmony" Company does just about everything includes a flush and Baitcaster mount rod holder, base cleat, 3 lb (22 oz.) boat anchor equiped with 30 ft line and all mounting hardware packaged together in a small box.

Cam Cleat

You can see these jaws show real teeth on photo above. The Cam Cleat from Harmony is easily screwed or bolted to any small boat or canoe decks. 3-1/3 Circular cleat has locking positive jaws that will secure up to 3/8 in thick line. You can use them with anchor lines thanks to Cam cleats, that lock down on line securely in one direction. Cam cleats comes with Hardware and Instructions included.

3 lb Kayak Anchor Kit

3 lb Anchor kit from Harmony comes with usefull Features like folding/locking 4-fluke construction, galvanized and durable and compact anchor dimensions
perfect for storage and use with small paddling craft like canoe or kayak. Anchor kit comes equiped with 30 feet of anchor line and storage bag.

Chain setup

This set up is about 3 pounds total and will hold you at 235 pounds even in heavy saltwater tidal currents. The length of chain at the top is the key to make this style anchor work effectively with less rope out.

Anchor Trolley from Harmony

Easy to install, and also well designed kit that attaches via deck loops and allows paddlers and enthusiasts to deploy an anchor from the cockpit and position the line anywhere alongside the kayak. Kit includes a not to small carabiner, 2 pulleys, setting pole ring, cord, long enough bolts, one tension bungee cord, and all needed deck fittings and instructions. Note: The Anchor Trolley Kit installation requires drilling into the boat.
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Hobie Universal Anchor Trolley Kit

The Universal kayak Anchor Trolley Kit has taken the guesswork out of which this Hobie kayak's anchor trolley you need.

The Universal includes the same parts as the other nchor trolley kits but with a long enough line to fit all of them. It has a pair of pliers made to crimp the rings like factory.

It's the Hobie kit but with YakAttack stealth pulleys. They really are superior to the Harken.

Since the HOBIE anchor trolley kits will fit up to the PA17, you can use the extra length to lash in between the two rings while still retaining the shock cord effect of the bungee. If you primarily fish salt and rinse down after every excursion and haven't had or noticed any issues with the crimped rings coming loose.

You would like the section of bungie cord included in the anchor trolley kit shown above, as it keeps the trolley line tight. However, if you buy that kit, I suggest that you make the following changes:(1) replace the two rings with small climbing carabiners, so you can simply clip your anchor rope into the trolley before you run the anchor line out to the bow or stern of your kayak. (2) Buy a zig-zag cleat, mount it next to your kayak seat, and use it both to hold the trolley line in place, and to tie off your anchor line.

The Yakattack HD anchor trolley

The kayak anchor trolley designed specifically for the Easy installation and this job, the YakAttack LeverLoc Anchor Trolley features a LeverLoc line clamp, which locks your trolley line in place with a simple “flip of a switch” motion.
clever designed that combines the functionality of both a a hook and pad-eye, keeping even the tightest trolley lines in right place on the side of the boat, not over your gunwhale.

The YakAttack LeverLoc Anchor Trolley Includes all necessary anchor trolley hardware for installation without extra Padhooks and backing plates (AMS-1003). YakAttack. Leverloc, quieter and slimmer pulleys. The backing plates make its really secure and also allows you to tighten down to the point where an additional sealant is not necessary.

The HD is the same as the regular except the HD comes with the back plates and 2 extra rope guides. The normal mount screws comes in HD kit as well.

The Yakattack HD anchor trolley. This one has backing plates that are inside the hull to make a stronger attachment and not risk the pulley screws from being ripped out of the hull. Little tricky mounting(read below) the stern plate but can be done using rigging bullets.

How to install

The HD is not hard to install in the front, you can easily reach in the front hatch. The rear requires the rigging bullet system and also isn't that bad. You can use some small string from Lowe's. Just takes a little patience and some extra hands are a bonus if available.

Only the problem with that type of system is you have to run it off the back all the time. With a trolley you can run it from wherever and keep your kayak pointed where you need it

You actually do this install yourself with no trouble. "Actually used the end of a two part fishing rod to help pull the string to the rear hatch. I also was able to reach in through the rear hatch to secure the latch piece in the middle of the kayak. I installed both of mine on the left side simply not to interfere with the rudder deployment line."

It's really not hard to install. Yakattack has two good videos on YouTube about the installation. I highly recommend watching them, especially the one about installing the backing plates. The bow plate is easy, you can reach in from the front hatch. The stern plate requires using the rigging bullet technique. Not hard, but not the easiest if things either.

Here's the video link:

Another kayak anchoring tips

- Make sure you have enough line out for the anchor to catch properly. generally i need 2-3 times the depth to get a firm hold, usually more towards 3 times. for instance, 10fow would be about 30ft of anchor line.
- Usually zip tie your anchor to your line, so if you need to break it free in an emergency, You can do so with a good hard pull. Do some river fishing and occasionally fish areas with current seams and quick moving water. If im about to go over because make a mistake or get sideways in the current while under anchor, or if i end up in the water and some how tangled in that line, knowing that ypu can break it free if you need to.

Anchor Trolly
What's most important is that you can detach quickly in case of emergency.

A simple cleat will not do this. Even cutting the line takes more time to do than a quick release from a good anchor trolly system. If you're not familiar with how the quick release works, paddlers strongly recommend you check it out before you go out and use this. If you get fouled in a power boat, you will want that instant release.

In add - Anchor trolley

YakAttack-LeverLoc Anchor Trolley Kit looks good. Just becareful if you are like me and get a hook or lure around your trolley line once in a while. So that means placement of your pad eyes near your kayak seat is crucial to reach to undo any tangles on your trolley line. Also, you want your trolley line on your opposite casting side to decress the chances of a lure confrontation.

You can make trolley to be easily and completely removable (minus one pulley) in a few seconds. I also designed it to be able to disconnect from a stake out rod or anchor line in a few seconds as well.

Look at mounting your trolley just under this brake.

Keeps it out of the way and gives it a clean look. It also leaves the top of your yak for accessories.

So those little screws go through a base for your rod holder and are meant to clamp down, making the rod holder stay in the grooves at whatever point you choose.

What you see there is the rudder cord replaced with 550 cord. The advantage to the lever lock system you can lock the trolley at any length and keep if from traveling once you are in the position you desire. It also clips the ring to the lock to keep it from flopping around when traveling. Once I get it and get it installed I'll post a pic and try to get a video up of it.

The Kayak anchor system "Skinny Stick"

Invented by an avid kayak angler, nothing is easier, quieter, faster, and more reliable in shallow water. The Skinny Stick system with scupper hole mount is one of the best kayak anchor.

No more readjusting or pulling loose in up to 4 feet of fresh or salt water. Cmpatible with most kayaks and sea kayaks the "Skinny Stick" anchor system is designed from the marine-grade, highest quality materials, a material that will resist salt water fishing environment.

The Skinny Stick Kayak anchor package includes 5/16" diameter,54" long stainless steel stake, marine-grade Velcro pads, mounting tube and guide sleeve,nylon tag clip and pad eye, guide sleeve, receiver mounting tube and mounting screws.

To install the skinny stick Kayak anchor system, at first select which side you want on your kayak. follow the installation instructions in

Don't want to install an anchor trolly

If you absolutely don't want to install an anchor trolly, and you still want to attach your anchor to your rails, just tie on a few feet of shock cord to the rail with a figure 9 carabiner attached to it. Attach your anchor line to the carabiner. It should give you plenty of stretch to keep the boat anchored and upright.

DIY anchor projects

DIY Kayak anchor

It's almost right at 5 pounds. 4 pounds 14 ounces.

kayak anchor looks like  after machining

" It took about 2 hours from start to finish. That includes drawing a print, set up times on the lathe and the mill, and tooling set up times. So not too much. It was also done manually with the help of a few "Do one" features for the radius's on the trak lathe. So all in all if I were to write a program I could probably cut time down by 20 minutes or so." said Tyler M.

Retractable anchor

Best use a retractable dog leash about 20 ft.

If you have to cut loose quick you can, but you don't anchor (or kayak) in bad conditions much. Paracord sized rope in it. Made my own anchors in 3 sizes. 1.5 lb drag chain, 3 lb cylinder, and 4.5 lb "claw" kayak anchor. Usually carry one of them depending on conditions I'm headed to. 3 lb has covered most everything I needed. Coosa HD and ran the cord through the hole in the back.

You can't position yourself great like a stringer running the side, but you can always face down current good.

I carry a 15 ft section of paracord with loops on each end in case I'm deeper. You don't have to have a retractable, but it's awesome if you will be moving/stopping a lot. Anchor stays in the water and creates a very small amount of drag, but get where you want, push a button and drop. Ready to move, push a button, pull it in, lock and go.

a deep water kayak achor setup.

You can use the below set up a lot in 100-125 feet of water in a local river. Use 300 feet of 3/16 inch rope and it had plenty of room. It's a lot bigger and more drag than the above hut both work great.

150-Feet - Bayco KW-130 Cord Storage Reel with Center Spin Handle

If you want to run another line with a large clip on it to an anchor buoy. Clip the line coming off the reel to the hole in the reel and it will lock it in place. Then run that line to your buoy. Then tie a separate line to your kayak.

This allows you to drop off anchor if you get a large fish or see a snag or other type of object coming toward you. It's not a good idea to tie 100+ feel of line directly to your kayak. If you are anchoring in current you will need to let out 2-3 times the depth to get the anchor to hold.

Kayak Anchor Systems

the crappie kayak anchor system

With the good ole Oklahoma wind always blowing, a good kayak anchor system is important. Done right, it provides us with the ability to fish throughout the year safely.

I emphasize safety because if the anchor system doesn't position your boat in the wind or current correctly, you will most likely roll. Several of us saw this this during this past year's Ride the Bull tournament. Tides were around 3 mph and several kayaks flipped against the outgoing current. I believe they flipped because a improper kayak tethering and alignment. Also, a good anchor system should be designed to quickly connect or disconnect the anchor line.

You can use an anchor trolley system and use Bruce anchor. I have found this system to work well as long as I have plenty of line in the water.

You can remove the circle ring and added a caribiner. To quickly add or remove the anchor trolley. For deep water and saltwater, use the anchor system with the Bruce anchor, sidewinder and anchor trolley.

For the back left side, use this pulley which is also designed to quickly add or remove. I hope this helps.

Normally you can use a bruce as well and go with 3-5x water depth depending on conditions. Don't anchor in current very often especially 3+mph and use a couple different methods for anchoring over brush as you feel the long anchor rope required by a Bruce claw doesn't keep me in one spot very well.

You can use an anchor trolley and grapple style anchor. I just make sure the wind or current is pushing me away from the anchor side of your boat. Interested to see more on this because I never knew of a rule of thumb for line length. This may solve some frustration.

Zip tie your anchor to line

You can usually zip tie your anchor to your line, so if you need to break it free in an emergency, you can do so with a good hard pull. If you do some river fishing and occasionally fish areas with current seams and quick moving water.

If im about to go over because I make a mistake or get sideways in the current while under anchor, or if i end up in the water and some how tangled in that line, I like knowing that I can break it free if I need to.

a modified version of Darren's system

Going with a modified version of Darren's system. You can use your anchor trolley on one side and slide it all of the way forward. For the other side and rear of kayak, going to use a removable pulley. Two dumbbells as weights and run the anchor line through the rear pulley and the anchor trolley. With the location of the weights, they should counteract each other to keep my kayak somewhat level.

These are cheap and work great, even has a place to clip on a carabiner. It'll easily hold 150-200' of line.

What kind of anchor do you use and how heavy

Totally depends on the conditions in which you want to use an anchor, and the purposes for which you want to use an anchor. Give us some more information, Courtney. You'll need an anchor trolley so you can move the attachment point for your anchor line to the bow or stern of your kayak, so your kayak will be lined up with the wind, waves, and/or current. If you tie an anchor line to the side of your kayak, the wind, waves, and/or current will hit the side of your kayak, which is not a good thing.

You'll need some kind of anchor line reel. And in some circumstances a breakaway system which allows you to release your kayak from the anchor line quickly and leave the line hanging on a buoy is desirable.

The bruce anchor obviously is very light and it holds in all situations. From the river to sand in the ocean. Plus it's pretty inexpensive. Mushroom 15 lbs, little overkill but better than drifting.

This system on photo above might be unnecessary or inappropriate for whatever wants to use an anchor for.