It was particularly windy that day and I expect as you suggest dredged a path through the weeds creating a big tail. This has happened before but not to this extent. I also let out a fair amount of rode, (4:1), more than normal.Was it sitting on the weeds until it grabbed? I have weeds in our lake and was curious how it would do. Just weigh them down and bite, or dredge a path through them creating a big tail
That arm on top doesn't bend eh? Do you have any trouble storing that anchor?Adding to the knowledge base here.
Wasn't getting it done with the dealer-provided 8lb danforth. River bottom is mostly silt/mud but get into some sand, rock and shell bed on occasion. In warm weather there is grass in most sheltered areas under 6 feet. With wind and tide ripping, the danforth wasn't holding in many deeper non-grass situations so I upgraded to a Mantus.
Went with a 13-pounder and no surprise it has been much, much better in holding bottom. In sand and mud it digs in like an auger! I still have trouble hooking up on deep shell beds but 1) I don't have any chain in the rode, 2) my scope is limited in deeper water (3:1 at best, I have 80' of nylon rope) and 3) arguably I shouldn't be dredging up a shell bed in the first place. But on calmer days it hooks up enough to keep any drift very limited.
All in all very pleased with the purchase. You can see in the photo how much more substantial the Mantus is vs danforth.
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It does not bend, so it makes for a tight fit in the bow seat locker but it does make it BARELY. The center storage would have no problems.That arm on top doesn't bend eh? Do you have any trouble storing that anchor?
I looked hard at the boxes but was turned off by the amount of grass they can pick up and drag. My 44 year old back is fading fast!I am a big fan of the slide anchor (box anchor). Our 28 mile long lake has different bottoms at different locations and I have never had it fail
Check out the Digger anchor. Had it for 12 yrs now. Has been excellent everywhere we have ever anchored. Doesn't need a chain and only a 2 to 1 ratio.....It does not bend, so it makes for a tight fit in the bow seat locker but it does make it BARELY. The center storage would have no problems.
A 10-lb might be the perfect balance between size and function for our toons - this 13 pounder has holding power for a heavier 25+ glass boat but I was ok with being a little oversized given some of my fishing conditions. The Potomac can rip on certain days.