DIY quick release Kayak anchor system

For some time now I have been in deep thought on just how to set up a quick release anchor on my Native Watercraft Slayer 13 Propel. The problem was that with a traditional anchor trolley I had control of kayak positioning, but was not able to cut away from the anchor as soon as I hooked up with a very large fish. The ties I wanted this feature anchoring off of the bow would put me into the position I wanted. One of the times I needed this feature was a certain time of year when Striped Bass would roll on thread fin shad down a bank all day. I wanted to be able to anchor 30 yards from the action and use my fly rod to catch these feeding fish. The other time was when I go to the east coast in the fall and go BTB to anchor off of sandbars and throw out cut bait for Bull Red Drum. Both of these situations will dictate the need to be able to cast off my anchor to fight the fish, then return to my anchor to do it all over again.

Today I have come up with a simple solution that I believe will accomplish all the criteria that I need. First I attached a plastic ring to my forward carry handle for the forward rode guide.

Then using Wilderness system track hardware, because of the large diameter hole in one side I put one on the forward and aft end of my forward track as line guides.

This system terminates at the side carry handle where I will tie a slip knot, so all I have to do is pull the tag end and away my anchor rope speeds out and away from my kayak.

I attacked a float to my anchor line so after landing my fish I can easily spot and retrieve my anchor. The Slayer Propel is actually stable enough to stand in and re insert the line to set up again.

The biggest problem I have had with the common anchors that are used by kayak Anglers, is they are too light to hold a kayak in place in any kind of current or wind. If I got a heavier anchor then the size would not be practical. The claw anchors do a terrible job also in soft sand and hard bottoms also. So I made my own anchor that is small, compact and heavy.

You can easily make this anchor yourself. First find a garage that has used tire weights and is willing to give you about six to seven pounds of them. Take the weights and using a pair of side cutters cut the steel bracket out of them. Then take a aluminum coke can and cut the top off of it. Note. Make sure that it is clean and dry inside! find a heavy gauge coat hanger and cut a piece of the wire about four inches long and bend it into an omega symbol. This will be your tie off point on the anchor.

Now get an old cast iron pan and place the lead into it and place over a gas burner (must be done outside as lead gives off a gas that is not good for you) When lead has completely melted, using leather gloves take the pot and pour molten lead into the coke can. once this is done take a pair of pliers and insert the omega symbol into the lead. You will have to hold it in place until the lead solidifies enough to hold the ring in place.

Once the lead has completely cooled to the touch you can take a pair of pliers and peel away the coke can.

Note: you will never want to use this pan to cook food in again as the lead will be in the pores of the cast iron and will poison your food if you do.
I hope this helps someone with a solution to their own anchoring blues.

1 comment:

Greatdanne said...


Great way to make a functional anchor. Thanks! =)