How to anchor a boat


How to properly anchor the boat, taking into account the wind and currents

Pretty elderly fisherman type moored to the shore, stepped heavily across the board inflatable boat numb from the long uncomfortable seat legs to the ground, and said sadly: “All Never in my life will not sit on this boat anymore!”

Frankly, these words familiar colleagues surprised me a little fishing. Because I knew how much he wanted to get his own boat to go fishing, he said, “in the open”. The boat he bought – and this is, frankly, unexpected disappointment.

So what’s the deal? Why is the first fishing boat so saddened by this fisherman?

That there was no “dangling”

Much cleared from further conversation with him. According to the source, even at the slightest breath of wind his boat much unfolded in one direction and then the other, with the result that it came to resemble a fishing rod length of the pendulum, which spun to the right and to the left.And the most unpleasant: floats because it does not stand still, and twitching the rod tip after. So he had to grab the rod in one, then another, to lift them up and hold at a turn in the direction of the floats.

In short, the fishing was spoiled, instead of a nice kind of rest it became a continuous painful process. And all because the fisherman inexperience became wrong and incorrectly secured the boat, because of what was such a “buffeting”. According to his own admission, he first dropped one load and immediately another.

Cords from both cargo went into the water in an upright position. And this installation boat anchors, of course, be fixed stably on the water will not. It will not only be constantly turned from side to side, and spinning back and forth or in a circle, especially if the wind often changes direction.

How to properly anchor the boat to prevent it rocking and movement?

In short we can say this: it is necessary to ensure that the front and back with loads of cords were tightly stretched in opposite directions. This means that they should not go into the water vertically, like that of the fisherman, and at a considerable angle. Only a well-strung back and forth cords are securely holds your boat in a fixed position.

It should be remembered that the main burden of retaining an anchored boat rests on the rear load and, accordingly, the back line, especially in a strong wind or current. Therefore, the rear cargo must be considerably heavier front because the front load, we can say only fixes the boat in the desired direction, while the rear cargo holds it in place.

And that boat was fixed reliable rear cord should be a half to two times longer than the depth of the water area where you decide to go fishing. For example, if the depth of about three meters, the rear anchor cord length must be at least five or six meters. Anterior cord length can be significantly reduced only slightly exceeding the depth of the reservoir.

When installing the boats need to follow the step sequence. Personally, I proceed as follows. Omit first rear cargo. As soon as he touched the bottom, slowly I swam forward, at the same time dismissing the rear cord lying on the bottom of the cargo. Once retired from the load at a distance of twice the depth of the pond, I omit the front load.

How to anchor your boat

So, the cord from him was not in the stretch, and with considerable slack, cord length should be about a meter greater than the depth of the pond. Now, holding back the cord, pull it, with the result that the boat begins to move back to the first load. And as soon as I feel that the second string taut and the movement of the boat stalled, immediately binds the cord back to the boat. Now we can be calm: no buffeting and rocking the boat will not get any.

If there is a need for a more secure anchor and front load, for example, cross-wind, strong currents, it is sufficient to use a longer cord. However, the rear cable must first dissolve to a greater length, respectively. To then re-tighten it and achieve a balance of the parties.

Of course, in perfect weather, when the quiet and windless, you can simply omit the loads without any stretch cords. But such weather conditions on a fishing trip, you know, are extremely rare. There is no need to pull the strings in the stretch and when fishing in shallow, overgrown with algae ponds.

In view of the wind flow and

If fishing is to be in the standing water, then everything is clear without further ado: the boat should be put so that the nose she was against the wind, towards the wave. For fishing rods are placed at the stern, and thus throw a hook with a nozzle in the wind will be much easier and more convenient, and the wind will be in the back. In addition, since safer: the strengthening wind big waves occur over large bodies of water, and expose them to the board – is fraught with serious consequences.

But what if the fish in the flow? What’s more important to take into account – the direction of the wind or current? It often happens that the flow is directed in one direction, and the wind – against or across the current. At this point, as they say, it is necessary to choose the best solution.

Bad, of course, when the wind prevents cast a line, blowing in from the side or face. But even worse, if you will become the bait to throw in the wind and the float will carry over to the right or to the left, and then pressed against the boat. The line in this case is pulled; the float starts to “dance” on the wave. Bites it is difficult or impossible to see.

Therefore, there is only one way out: after all, it is necessary to anchor the boat along the river. Of course, if this wind and incident on the side of the boat wave is not strong enough to be a danger to the angler. However, I have seen more than once, as some fishermen still put the boat even when fishing in the stagnant water across the wind.

In this case, for the leeward side of the boat formed a fairly quiet, with no waves, land, very comfortable for fishing. So often come in when the boat is in not one, but two or three of the angler. Fishing rods are placed across the boards in the direction of the wind.

In this situation, the boat fishing easier and freer. I myself, too often caught fish in such conditions. But, I repeat, this option is allowed only on condition that it allows the force of the wind. In addition, this fishing is possible only with hard boats and too inflatable, it is unlikely appropriate.

Often brought on fish in shallow waters, where in some places there are areas with protruding above the water with algae. In these places, the waves almost never happen, even in strong winds. And so there is very convenient to get on the boat. At shallow depths, I repeat, not necessarily much to pull the rope to cargo loads can be lowered vertically freely.

And underwater thickets firmly grab dropped cargo; will not allow the boat to move from a place even in strong winds. In addition, here it is very convenient to throw a hook with a nozzle for the edge of algae, where most fish and walk.

Do not superfluous to recall that when fishing with the boat at anchor, especially in shallow water, you need to keep quiet. An unexpected blow paddle or rod on the side of the boat, as well as other strange sound just comes down to the bottom and can scare even the fish disperse. After that, many have to wait until finally all the rest, and the fish will come back again to tame the place.

And that my friend is still the angler has learned from his inflatable boat and now with pleasure on it fishes. However, for this I had to explain to him in detail how to anchor the boat. I hope that this good advice will be useful, and others, especially novice fishermen.

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