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Posted: April 21 2007,11:12

Many times my yak fishing trips are long, all day adventures. But today I only had 3 hours, so I launched at Boca Chica beach, oceanside, and paddled straight to a patch reef less than a mile out. Action was steady, but most of the fish were below legal limits. As usual, the best fish at this spot was the first one - a 17" mangrove snapper - the element of surprise works again. After that, it was a steady stream of 10-12" mangroves, 3 small red grouper, and a several grunts. Oh, and one 16" 'cuda. For bait and rigs I was using: 1) small whole frozen mullet on a 5/0 circle hook and enough weight to keep it on bottom on a 7' medium heavy rod strung with 20# mono w/ 3 foot 40# flouro leader and a swivel; 2) a 7' med light rod strung with 15# mono with 17# flouro leader (tied line to line), and that rig had a 1/4 oz jig head with live shrimp. I "sweetened" the water with an occasional handful of chopped mullet. I never went longer than a few minutes between hookups, and I was broken off three times by something large. I did troll a spoon on the way out and back, but nothing there. All in all, a very satisfactory outing.   :)
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Posted: May 11 2007,18:43

Heya Randy, You will ave to tell me one day how you have set up your anchor system on the Scupper Pro. if you would be so kind :)
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Posted: May 13 2007,20:28

Cookinman

My anchor rig consists of about 35' of parachute cord (strong, thin, and not very much stretch), 2 brass clips (no swivel), and one other brass clip that swivels. Clip the non swivel clips to the bow and stern grab handles respectively, run the line through them in a complete loop front to back, then back to front, leaving you with 2 loose ends. Cut to length with enough slack to tie off both ends to the last (swivel) clip. Tie very securely to this last clip. (I use figure eight knots with several extra half hitches.) This is the clip that you can slide forward and backward to adjust your kayak's angle while anchored.

When you're initially running the line, you want one length of line going through contact points (eyelets?) down the side of the boat, and the other length of line (the one with the swivel clip) free to run the full length of the boat. On both of my Scupper Pros, (old models with the 1.5" black straps front and rear), there's a closed loop of strapping that lines up perfectly at four points along each side, enabling you to run the line through there and eliminating the need to put more eyelets just for the anchor rig. Newer models with the bungee setup in the tankwell might need some eyelets added.

Some yakfishers have instead put pulleys at the bow and stern, but I don't like the extra hardware. It takes a bit of effort to adjust the swivel clip forward and backward with my rig, but you want some friction so as to hold it in place when deployed somewhere in the middle of the boat. While in transport/storage, I clip the swivel clip to the other length of line to keep it from banging around. When launching, I attach the swivel clip to the anchor line (which has a bowline knot - loop) and it's ready to deploy. (My anchor sits just behind me in the tankwell.)

Hope that helps. This rig has served me well with no failures to date. For the actual anchor, I have a 3.5lb folding grapple style with 50' of 3/16 line. I normally run a 3:1 scope; I add more scope with additional pre-made lines if in deeper water, rougher water, more current, or if anchoring multiple kayaks. I've anchored up to 6 kayaks in 3' seas and this anchor holds fine. If on the flats and you just want a few feet of scope, you can tie a quick loop in the anchor line and attach to the swivel clip. My anchor line also has a pair of bright yellow ski rope floats (held in place by overhand knots) at the kayak end, so when I need to release the anchor to fight a big fish, I can come back and find my anchor, and so powerboats will hopefully see it and avoid it.  

Another thought on anchoring. The TopKayaker website has some great articles on anchor systemsand techniques devised by kayak divers and spearfishermen in California waters. Here's one: http://www.sit-on-topkayaking.com/Article....html#AL


(Capn's Note: very nice DIY.  Thanks for takin the time Randy...)


Edited by Capn Jimbo on May 14 2007,05:34
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