Video: How To Make A DIY Anchor System | Kayak Angler Magazine | Rapid Media
A dog leash and walking weight sitting on a table. Photos and video by Jon Russelburg

A cheap and easy way to keep you on the fish

Check out the walkthrough video at the end of this story.

Over the summer, I discovered my love for SUP fishing. I found that I could take an inflatable SUP anywhere and spend the whole day fishing without having to lug around my heavy kayaks. 

The problem I found with fishing off of an inflatable SUP was that I would get blown off of my fishing spot with the slightest blow of the wind. Fishing in windy conditions is a problem in a kayak as well, but the lightweight of an inflatable SUP can make fishing impossible.

When I first started kayak fishing, companies hadn't yet started to make kayak-specific accessories. I love all of the new accessories for kayaks but I sometimes miss having to solve problems on my own. So I decided to make a DIY anchor out of items I had in my house.

For this anchor system you will need four items.

  • A locking, retractable leash
  • Two carabiners 
  • A light walking weight
  • Zip ties.

I “borrowed” the walking weight from my spouse, and also “borrowed” the retractable leash from my dog (although from the looks of it, the walking weight may have become a makeshift dog toy while I wasn't looking), whom I figured wouldn’t mind. If you need to buy the products, you can find them for around 18-dollars online. 

Anchor 1
Step 1: Attach a carabiner to the handle of the retractable leash. 

First I attached one carabiner to the handle of the retractable leash. My particular leash came with an extension, which is helpful to get the bulky leash handle out of the way while you are fishing. The carabiner allows you to attach the leash to any point on your SUP or kayak, for the best positioning. I attached the leash to a D-ring on the SUP, but you can also attach it to an eyelet or an anchor trolley.

Anchor 2
Step 2: Attach the carabiner to your walking weight with two zip ties.

Next, I zip-tied the second carabiner to the walking weight. I used two zip-ties for strength, but that may be overkill. 

anchor 3
Step 3: Attach the leash to the carabiner and zip-tie the leash to the walking weight.

I then ran the leash through a third zip tie, just above the bottom of the carabiner on the walking weight. Then I clipped the leash to the carabiner. This gives me the ability to break the zip tie that is around the leash and flip the weight over if it becomes lodged under a stump or some other type of structure. 

This system isn’t pretty, but it worked like a charm all year long. Check out the video below to see how the DIY anchor system works. 


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