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BoatingAnchoring a boat in just the right spot can be tricky, especially for novice boaters. A bouncing anchor is a particular frustration that most boaters have experienced at least once. Below are three tips for selecting and setting your anchor every time.

Select Your Anchor


You'll need the right anchor for the conditions of the water your boat is in. For example, a grappling anchor won't work on a muddy bottom and windy days require an anchor with a long rode. Visit your local marina supply store and talk to the employees about which anchors to use in various locations and weather conditions. It also helps to discuss your primary reason for boating because fisherman need the ability to anchor in precise locations.

Let Out the Scope


The main reason why anchors don't catch on the first try is too little scope. Good conditions require a scope of 3:1, okay conditions require a scope of 5:1 and rough/windy conditions require a scope of 7:1. Take a few minutes in advance to figure out how much to drop and where so that your boat idles up-current or up-wind into the correct position with the scope out. For example, if you're in 15 feet of water on a beautiful day, you'll need to let out 45 feet of line.

Try the Pull-Drop-Pull Method


The pull-drop-pull method is ideal when your anchor is bouncing along the bottom and having trouble catching. Drop the anchor in, let out the scope and hold the end of the line rather than cleating it. As it tightens, feel for the anchor's movement. If you can feel bouncing, tug on the line to hop the anchor and then let out some slack quickly. This repositions the anchor to hopefully be in a better position to catch when the line tightens again. Repeat this process until the anchor sets.

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