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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:30 pm 
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I usually fish Matlacha Pass and Pine Island Sound. Although I prefer to not go out in winds in excess of 11 mph, I sometimes find myself in quite breezy conditions. The combination of wind and current is often too strong for my one and a half lb. folding tine anchor and my stick-it is sometimes too cumbersome to utilize . What is the consensus of a 5 lb. vs an 8 lb. anchor? Is the 8 overkill? I drive a Hobie Outback and would appreciate any feedback.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:39 pm 
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I use a 6# downrigger ball weight and it works most of the time specially if the bottom is soft... been usin it for many years on 2 or 3 different kayaks, 3 canoes, and a paddleboard... most days I find it to be overkill and everytime I walk by a 4# one I pick it up, look at it and say this would work just as well, then look at the $15.00 price and say ya know that 6# ball works just fine.

Most days I'll grab my stakeout pole instead of the anchor unless I know I'll be in water deeper than 4-6' or places like Choko with hard and/or oyster bottom.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:11 am 
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John K, I use a 1.5# anchor, and for most conditions it is OK. When the wind or current comes up, just use more scope. If weight is not an issue, a larger one will certainly help. As you know, Hobies go further and faster, even while dragging anchor:-))


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:14 am 
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I switched to a 1.5LB claw anchor and it has worked out great. Most places I fish have soft bottoms so the claw gets buried and holds great. It probably won't work as well on hard bottoms. Another thing I like is that it has a nice smooth coating so with a couple of shakes in the water it's perfectly clean.


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