Simple Trick To Make Sure You Don’t Lose Your Kayak Anchor


Have you ever lost your kayak anchor?

Well, I have lost one.

And that will never happen again!

In this video, you’ll learn the quick trick to rigging up your kayak anchor so you’ll never lose one.

Check it out below!

Trick To Not Losing Your Kayak Anchor [VIDEO]

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A popular kayak anchor is a grapnel anchor (pronounced “grapple anchor”).

It’s great because this anchor folds up and you’re not wasting a ton of space on your kayak.

But the problem with this type of anchor is that it gets stuck pretty easily on the bottom.

And if you have them rigged up improperly, there’s virtually no way to get them out.

How To Rig A Grapnel Anchor

Most anglers tie the rope to the top of the anchor only.

But if you notice on these anchors, there’s also a tie-off spot on the bottom.

You really need to secure your rope to the bottom of the anchor and then on the top section, you want to tie a breakaway point.

Using two heavy-duty zip ties, create a breakaway point with the rope on the top of the anchor.

The heavy-duty zip ties hold onto a smaller zip tie that is attached to the rope.

Once you give a nice tug on the rope, the smaller zip tie will break and the anchor will release.

And don’t worry, there’s no extra trash going into the water with this rig!

Those heavy-duty zip ties are going to keep a tight hold on the smaller one.

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It just takes a couple of zip ties to ensure that you don’t lose your kayak anchor.

If you rig up your anchor properly, you’ll be able to easily break it away from the bottom and move to your next spot.

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Do you have any other tips for not losing your anchor?

Let me know down in the comments!

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Scott Rispaud
2 years ago

Great idea that I learned a long time ago that was employed for my reef anchor when bottom fishing offshore in a 23′ boat. Now, scaled down to kayak use, perfect. GREAT suggestion to retain the zip tie and not contribute to the already pollutant plastics in the water. I’ve also done the same thing with mono but zip ties are so convenient and hopefully they come back up with the anchor. Thanks for sharing. We all need to be good stewards to our precious resource.

Adam Bailey
2 years ago

Remember to keep a few spare zip ties with you too. If you do have to yank your anchor free, you’ll be able to re-rig and use your anchor again on that same trip.

Plus, zip ties are like duct tape that can help you in many other ways. You can probably make a decent repair to the transmission of an ’86 F-150 with the right combination of zip ties. 😉

Last edited 2 years ago by Adam Bailey
A Rollins
2 years ago

More zip ties aren’t necessary. Try using only one zip tie and thread it between half of the rope weave before securing it to the anchor. It provides enough to hold to bring the broken piece of zip tie back into the boat to be properly discarded.

Last edited 2 years ago by Andrew Rollins
2 years ago

Great tip, thank-you!! New to kayak fishing, can’t wait to hook up w a big redfish.

2 years ago

I’ve heard this rig being called “the rock rig”. I’ve been using it for the past 3 to 4 years and have had to use it a few times out on the water. Works every time! I use lightweight zip ties and haven’t had a problem yet with them chafing through or breaking before I’ve needed them. I do like the additional zip tie idea in order to keep my trash with me! Time to re-rig it that way! Always great stuff as usual Tony!

Jack Tunnell
2 years ago

Tony, good video but get a flush cutter and cut off those murderous zip tie ends. Save your hands & keep your blood!
Micro Flush Cutter ( Only use them on plastic and they will last.

Adam Bailey
2 years ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

Save money and buy a lighter instead. Leave about 1/16 or 1/8 of an inch after trimming a zip tie and singe the plastic tag end. The plastic will round off a bit and be no problem for your hands, etc. Then you also have a lighter for your kit in case you have to spend the night outside.

Rex Russo
2 years ago

I read about this years ago and set my anchor up that way, but with only one light duty zip. I like your method better because I have always worried about that one zip chaffing against the roughness of the anchor and breaking loose when I don’t want it to do so. I’ll be re-rigging it to your way when I finally get my kayak wet again, with the added bonus of not dumping the broken zip. I always find some trash to take away from the water on every outing, so I certainly do not want to add trash.

How about not losing your anchor when you want to quick-release it because of a big catch? I often have my anchor secured to the kayak with a quick-release clip if targeting large fish. It lets you use the kayak as a drag of sorts while you go for a ride. I’ve only had one very short ride. 🙁 But, you never know. So, I tie a buoy (with my name and contact #) at the very end of the rope which is hopefully long enough to reach the surface.

Pat Ogletree
2 years ago
Reply to  Rex Russo

Good idea with the name and contact number! Never thought of that!

Jonathan Getz
2 years ago

Definitely a must for anchors. I would even consider it for boats, but essential for kayaking fishing in deeper water. Thanks for the concise video on this hack. I’ve used 25-30 lb mono in a pinch but I like the multiple zip tie setup. I also add a short length of chain to help the anchor lay down and catch better (BTB/deeper water fishing).

Philip Stoddard
2 years ago

Clever, Tony. Until now I have used a marker buoy tied to the distal end of the anchor which I pull to free the anchor when it gets stuck. I like that your method has less stuff to carry and tangle. I assume the trick lies in getting the breaking strength right on the thin zip tie so that it has enough tensile strength to hold the boat in a steady current but breaks when you pull sharply on the anchor rope.

Pablo Diaz
2 years ago

Thanks Tony – will need to add the additional two – good tip
Kayak Course – really enjoyed it


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