Kayak anchors are necessary if you intend on using your kayak for fishing.
While most people generally find that they do not need anchors for their kayaks, there are some instances when it might be useful. Essentially, if you are planning on fishing from your kayak, you’ll probably want to get an anchor. The size of anchor that you will need is dependent on the size of your kayak. Remember, however, that heavier is not always better. Once you reach a certain size of anchor, you’ll only be adding needless weight to your kayak.
Two weights for kayak anchors are one and a half and three pounds. Generally, three pounds is the best weight to use, since it will keep your kayak in place even through somewhat rough water. A pound and a half may be enough if you think that the water you’re in will stay relatively calm. However, since the three pound weight is more useful, you should probably buy this one unless you know that the lighter weight will be enough.
You should always make sure that you have enough rope attached to your anchor as well, otherwise it will not reach to the bottom, and you’ll be unable to keep your kayak in place.
You can buy anchors at almost any outdoors shop. While they may not be listed specifically as kayak anchors, you should still be able to find anchors that are roughly the size you need. However, you should always make sure that you check how strong the rope that your anchor is attached to is.
There are a few other things you should consider when you’re buying and using anchors with your kayak. First, you should make sure that your anchor is not going to be too difficult to pull up. While the kayak is very buoyant, the last thing you want is to accidentally flood your kayak when trying to pull up an anchor that is stuck. If your anchor gets stuck, chances are that you’ll end up needing to leave it behind.
The other things that you should consider when you’re using anchors is that you should never use them in situations where the water is very rough. This is due to the fact that the anchor will hold your kayak in place – making it unable to rise with ocean swells or move with rapids in a river. Therefore, in either of these situations, using an anchor could be dangerous and might cause your kayak to capsize.
When using anchors, like most other kayaking equipment, make sure that you use common sense!