|T O P I C R E V I E W
||Posted - 09/09/2009 : 8:55:08 PM
This is an oldie that has been discussed but someone needs to get this forum rolling. I use a 1/2" copper clad ground rod cut off to 6 feet long. I drill a hole in the end and install a stainless eye with the screw in post in the hole. A 1/2" anchor rope completes it. Works great and costs about 15 bucks to make versus the 60 dollars or so for the ones in the store. Fantastic for marsh fishing. Does not work well when fishing the surf with a sandy bottom.
Old Fishermen Never Die, They just smell that way !
|22 L A T E S T R E P L I E S (Newest First)
||Posted - 04/13/2010 : 10:26:22 AM
Instead of spending (what I thought is) too much in a store for a stainless spear anchor, I went to a local (Biloxi) machine shop. He had a "scrap" rack with a bunch of left over stuff on it. I found a 3/4" stainless steel solid rod that was a little over 4ft long. Got him to round one end and drill a hole in the other. Out the door for $38.
The hole that he drilled, he rounded the edges real nice so I don't even use a shackle. I just thread my rope through the hole and braid a loop. Been using it for about 5 months and no "fraying" of the rope (I check it closely to see if I needed to add a shackle.
||Posted - 04/12/2010 : 1:35:04 PM
I fish the marsh from a 13' Whaler. Use a seven foot piece of 1" PVC for both a marsh anchor and push pole. One end has a "T" with 45 degree fittings and plugs. This is the foot for use when polling in the mud. The other end has a simple plug to keep the mud out when stuck in the bottom. Filled it half full water to add weight to whatever end is down. Still floats. Works great with a small boat.
|Sid V Topwater
||Posted - 04/11/2010 : 8:46:53 PM
I do not know what is going on after my signature top dog quote. Looks like it is happening to other replies.
It's hard to be a "Top Dog" in a pond of big reds
|Sid V Topwater
||Posted - 03/30/2010 : 8:33:18 PM
Remember to either tie wrap or get a welder to tack the shackle if it is stainless steel. Lost mine in the Sulfur Mine last year.
It's hard to be a "Top Dog" in a pond of big reds
||Posted - 03/19/2010 : 1:48:46 PM
Two of my three (4' and 7.5') are always in the boat. Both are 1" SS. John Castelluccio, Jr.
New SUV-'06 Yukon, new 56 yoa house, new boat-'06 Avenger, Semi-retired-'07, soon to get "new-wife"-'10 and THEN in debt for the rest of my life-Now&4-ever!!!
||Posted - 03/19/2010 : 1:27:19 PM
does everyone have their cajun anchors ready for spring?
||Posted - 09/25/2009 : 2:14:07 PM
tbonez can you please foward me a copy of the pictures as well. I am going to make one also.
||Posted - 09/25/2009 : 12:54:33 PM
I can do that.i cant seem to load them here.
||Posted - 09/25/2009 : 11:38:24 AM
Tbonez, could you send some pictures of your pvc anchor. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I want to make one and there is nothing like looking at a picture.
||Posted - 09/14/2009 : 12:56:40 PM
i keep forgetting to take a pic and post it.i'll try soon.
||Posted - 09/13/2009 : 8:46:46 PM
I carry three anchors on my bay boat...
1) Conventional Daforth syle anchor with 50 feet of rope and 6 feet of heavy galvanized chain. This is kept in the SeaPro's front anchor locker.
2) Cajun Anchor #1 which is a homemade PVC pipe type. I used a 10 foot section of 1.5" PVC pipe and used one "T" fitting and two cap fittings to make a "T" handle on one end. It's completely sealed so that it floats. This anchor is used to just push down into the mud in shallow water and tie off to it. By placing the "T" end in the water, you can use it a a push poll when the boat is stuck in the mud. I use some clips attached to my boat's side rails that hold this anchor on the outside of the side rails when not in use. This keeps it out of the boat and out of the way.
3) Cajun Anchor #2 which in a 4 foot piece of 1 inch diameter stainless steel rod. I have machined a point on one end and have a stainless steel shackle on the other end. I keep a 25 foot piece of rope tied to it. This anchor is my first choice in water up to about 10 feet, because it is so easy to use. I made a sleeve for it out of PVC pipe. I tie that sleeve to the side rails of my boat and use it like a scabbard for a sword. When I need the Cajun anchor, I just slide it out of the scabbard and drop it straight down over the side.
||Posted - 09/13/2009 : 8:16:45 PM
I have 14' of 2" pvc with a cap glued on the bottom and holes drilled through the top for the rope to go through with a can of "great stuff" crack sealer foam filling/sealing the top end under where the rope goes through to seal it up.
This works great even in 10' to 12' if the bottom is soft.
I also put a 2" float on the end of the rope of my stainless cajun anchor.
That is just extra insurance that if somehow it does go over, the end of the rope will still be there except in very deep water.
I have around 20' of rope and use 2" floats from swimming pool divider.
Even in deep water where it might get pulled under, it would be easier to snag a verticle rope with a deep diving, treble hook rigged lure than if it was flat on the bottom.
I have a float on the end of the line for my regular anchor line also.
||Posted - 09/13/2009 : 5:26:22 PM
How 'bout some pictures of these PVC wonders!! Would love to see 'em!!
||Posted - 09/11/2009 : 4:13:36 PM
Same idea, but I used stainless steel wire and wrap it around the shackle pin and shackle.
||Posted - 09/11/2009 : 2:14:03 PM
Good idea Tommy about the small wire ties. I still use the old/original method...after tightening with pliers, I use #9 nylon trawl hanging cord through the hole in the shackle pin and several wraps around the shackle itself. Your suggestion is alot easier...John Castelluccio, Jr.
New SUV-'06 Yukon, new 56 yoa house, new boat-'06 Avenger, Semi-retired-'07, soon to get "new-wife"-'09 and in debt for the rest of my life-Now&4-ever!!!
||Posted - 09/11/2009 : 09:16:51 AM
ha marco put a wier tie on the shackle and it will not unscrue.I do this to my cajun and danforth anchor & rig hook.Never lost one yet. bigtdaman
I FISH THERE FOR I AM!!!!!!
||Posted - 09/10/2009 : 10:38:38 PM
I made one out of a 8' 1 1/4" PVC pipe, and inserted a wooden dowel (from Lowes) that fits snug inside the PVC. I painted the wood dowel first with 2 coats of exterior paint to water proof it. I cut off about 6-8" off the end of the PVC pipe and allowed the wooden dowel to stick out the end. Before I painted it, I rounded the wood dowel to a "round point". Then, I drilled holes on a triangular pattern about 8" from each end of the PVC and screwed stainless screws into the PVC and into the wood to keep the wood from "rattling". I sealed these screws with silicone after to seal. I glued a round PVC cap on the other end, then drilled a hole in center and into the wood. Then screwed a stainless eye hook through the PVC cap and into the wood dowel. I then put silicone around the eye hook to keep water from getting into the PVC. I also applied silicone where the wood/PVC met at the pointed end. I then wrapped several wraps of electrical tape over the PVC/wood joint to further seal.
Been using this "cajun anchor" for several years now. Works in water depths of up to 6' and holds well. Total cost to make - under $20.
"Pete" - Live every day like there's no tomorrow - go fishing!
||Posted - 09/10/2009 : 1:05:46 PM
samarai,you're right.i had one with just a cap on it at first but the T is good for that and to break the suction of the mud when u want to move.
marco,I'll send you a pic this evening.
you can keep those metal ones people like so much.
I like the pvc b/c it's long enough to stick out of the water and when it floats,you can quickly re-stick it.the only caution is that when it does float,and you're not careful it may pop u n da face.i usually stick it on an angle (point towards da boat)so the pipe bends a little and doesnt come up.
what I usually do when I'm about to leave a spot is I let my motor pull it up,then it floats,and then I pick it up and put it in da boat.
I fish lafitte a lot and wouldnt even think about using a real anchor much less a metal cajun anchor.if you're in a bay and want to stop,you have to throw it like a spear to get it stuck in the mud.
with all those pipelines down there,that is dangerous!!!!
my paw paw taught me about using the pvc years ago.until I can afford a trolling motor or an auto cajun anchor,I'll use my pvc...
||Posted - 09/10/2009 : 12:39:26 PM
The T also help to push off of sand and mud bars. Found it to be very helpful after getting stuck around hopedale during the last fishing trip.
||Posted - 09/10/2009 : 12:29:43 PM
Can somebody send me a picture of their custom cajun anchor to email@example.com?
I purchased the $50 marsh anchor from Sports Academy and lost it in Delacroix earlier this year when the anchor shackle came off and the boat started drifting off. The 6ft anchor was in 8ft of water and must of fell on its side which is why I couldn't fish it out with the net.
The PVC version sounds great since it would float if it came loose and would not scratch the side of my boat if a wake from another boat or a tide change made my boat drift into the anchor.
||Posted - 09/10/2009 : 11:02:19 AM
what I did is took about 12' of 1 1/2 pvc pipe.I put a T on the top and siliconed inside of the T so its water tight.on the other end I shoved a slightly rounded 2 x 2 x 12" piece of wood in it and cut a 45 degree angle on it.then I pushed silicone in the cracks that the wood didn't seal.tied a uni knot on the end and the other end on my cleat.
it works great b/c I fish around a bunch of pipelines and I wouldn't want to kill myself or bust a oil pipeline.
it's also great b/c if it comes loose from the mud ,it floats.the metal ones don't and sometimes by the time you realize that it's not holding,you've almost moved over the fishing spot.
the only thing I use my metal cajun anchor for when Im fishing unknown skinny water to test the depth.
||Posted - 09/10/2009 : 08:50:57 AM
believe it or not i use an 8 foot section of pvc pipe (do not know the dimensions but it is probably 1-1/2 or 2 inch) with a t attachments and 6 inches coming out of both sides so that it forms a T and is easy to push down and pull up. I have been in some 1 and a half foot chop and it has held my 17 foot express. I believe because the pvc bends it creates a pressure on the bottom that is stonger than if it was straight. could be wrong just a thought.