Archive for June, 2010

In the past, I’ve had requests to provide info on how I rigged my pontoon boat with a second anchor release system. A rear anchor can be helpful when fishing lakes, but having a second one located at the front of your pontoon boat can be of additional help.

Pontoon boat double-anchor system

A double-anchor system at work

Most pontoon boats come with a rear anchor system. They work great, but in order to hold your boat in a fixed position, especially if the wind is constantly changing direction, you need an anchor in front, too.  It can be frustrating trying to fish if your boat is being blown back and forth or around in circles. Here’s how to make and attach a front anchor system to your pontoon boat. You may need to make some modifications to the design, depending on how your boat is configured. 

Material List

  • PVC electrical conduit pipe/tubing, cut to appropriate length (available at hardware store). Use the flared end to insert/attach a small pulley.
  • 7/8-inch nylon, plastic or metal pulley (available at hardware or marine supply store)
  • rope cleat (available at marine supply store)
  • 2 or 3 heavy-duty nylon cable ties to secure PVC pipe to boat frame. Quick release nylon straps can also work.
  • anchor and 20-30 feet of rope
Front anchor system components

Front anchor system components

As you can see in the above photo, the foot peg supports the front of the PVC pipe. Nylon cable ties are used to attach the pipe to the frame. A hole was drilled on top of the flared end to allow the anchor rope to be passed through. It’s hidden from view, but in order to have the pulley fit inside the pipe, I had to cut a bit of an opening at the bottom of the flared end. Holes were drilled in the sides of the flared end to allow a bolt to be inserted through the pipe/pulley.

Now if it’s windy when I’m fishing, I just lower the rear and front anchors and remain comfortably in place. Double-anchoring, while facing into the wind, is an effective way to fish with strike indicators. When doing this, I’ll cast my fly and indicator onto the water so they drift toward me with the wave action.

The finished product

The finished product

Now that all the rivers in southwest Alberta are in full runoff mode, many stream anglers have shifted their attention to some of the local trout lakes. Most of these lakes became ice-free weeks earlier than normal this year, thanks in large part to the mild temperatures we experienced in March. I’ve been able to venture out to fish some of these stillwaters a half dozen times or so and the fishing has treated me pretty well, at least until the other day.

Lake fishing can sometimes be a bit of an enigma to me. I still can’t quite figure out how angler #1, who’s using the same technique, the same set-up, the same fly, and fishing 30 feet from angler #2, who’s doing exactly the same thing and catching fish, yet angler #1 is not catching anything … nada, zilch, zippo. That’s what happened a couple of days ago, while fishing with my friend, Terry. In case you’re wondering, I was angler #1 and Terry (angler #2) was the one busy catching all the trout. Terry tried his best to help me out and at one point offered to move his pontoon boat so I could try fishing in his spot. By this time, I was beginning to feel desperate and took him up on his offer. But even that didn’t help. Meanwhile, Terry kept on catching fish from his “new” location. The only thing different between the way Terry and I were fishing were our strike indicators. Actually, even those were the same … only the one he was using was bright green in color and mine was bright orange. Now, that’s what you call picky fish!

I’m not trying to brag, but by the end of the afternoon, I managed to land two rainbows. At least I didn’t get skunked, and I’m grateful a couple of fish felt sorry for me. Afterward, Terry wouldn’t tell me how many fish he caught. He probably felt sorry for me, too!

BTW … If anyone is thinking of picking up some bright green strike indicators from our shop, we’re expecting a new shipment soon. When I returned to work yesterday, I purchased all the ones we had in stock. There’s lots of bright orange indicators available, though. Who knows, maybe tomorrow the fish will prefer this color?