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Old 10-18-2008, 06:27 AM   #1
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Default Columbia river anchoring

Can anyone tell me if a 26 lb anchor for a 16 foot stryker is enough for the columbia at becon rock area during the spring nook season ? I fished summer steelhead up there and dragged a couple times . Only when the wind kicked up and once on a grave bar where the speed of the water picked up strong .
So i am not sure if I need more anchor or more chain .I know i have plenty of line i got 300 feet . Any help would be great ..

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Old 10-18-2008, 06:33 AM   #2
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How much chain do you have?
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Old 10-18-2008, 06:39 AM   #3
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Sorry I forgot . I am running four foot of chain
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Old 10-18-2008, 06:59 AM   #4
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You may need more chain ,but 9 out of ten times you'll be fine. I anchor a 21ft jet with the same set up and rarely have a problem.
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Old 10-18-2008, 07:21 AM   #5
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I have a 16' boat with the same setup. I have 6 ft of chain and have done just fine up there.
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Old 10-18-2008, 07:32 AM   #6
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26lb should be plenty with that small of a boat. If your not holding with that I would look at chain or dia. of your anchor rode.
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Old 10-18-2008, 08:12 AM   #7
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Default Re: Columbia river anchoring

If you have already dragged anchor, then add more chain. Make sure the chain is good and heavy, not the type used to secure pets in the yard. Anchor itself sounds plenty heavy enough, I'd reckon that's what mine weighs.

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Old 10-18-2008, 08:27 AM   #8
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The type of anchor is more important than weight. A anchor that will dig into soft sand the more you pull on it will not have to be as heavy. If you are on a rocky area a anchor that will be shaped different will work better. So more chain isn't always the correct answer. In fact it could be the wrong answer and help create more problems than it solves. It is why I have about three different anchors. I pick the anchor I need for the area I plan to anchor in.

It's your choice. but more chain is more problems in some cases.

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Old 10-18-2008, 09:59 AM   #9
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26 pounds is fine. Extend your chain to 10-ft. (heavy gauge) and you are set.
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Old 10-18-2008, 04:15 PM   #10
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Thanks for the answers . I just dont want to be that guy that drags and tangles everyone anchor lines up or worse yet be the one to sink someone . I hope its just me being overly careful .
Thanks agian for the answers .
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