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