Sacramento Sturgeon Fishing and Anchoring Information
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Sacramento Sturgeon Fishing has it's challenges. These fish are big and can be very tricky to land. One thing you shouldn't have to worry about while trying to land one of these monsters in your anchoring setup. We've put a list together of some of the most critical parts to create a successful anchoring system.
3' to 6' feet of Chain, or more. Using coated chain or a chain guard is a great option to protect your boat. Make sure to use a chain that is in good shape and shows no signs of breaking or weak joints. Remember the popular saying, "A chain is only as strong as it's weakest link." Usually 5/16” – 3/8” thickness is best.
300’ of 3/8” Solid Braid Nylon Rope. When you need 300 feet of rope it can get really expensive. Your whole operation relies on the strength and length of your rope. Don't go cheap in this category as it's one of the most vital parts of your anchoring system. You might ask "Why do I need 300 feet?" In many cases you won't use all 300 feet but it's nice to have if you are in fast moving water. It'll disappear quicker than you think. Also, if you plan on dropping in on the "hot" hog line then you'll need the extra rope to creep your way back into it. The general recommendation is to use approximately 7 times the water depth. Example: 10’ of water = 70’ of rope, but again, it depends on many factors including the loaded weight of your boat, current speed, etc.
Buoy Ball, Buoy Balls are used for your safety and those around you. They help warn other boats that you've got an anchor in the water. Usually you'll have up to 100 or 200 feet of rope out. For the safety of you and those around you make sure you use a bright colored buoy and make sure it's big enough to be visible in the water.
Anchor Puller. Without an anchor puller you'll have a lot of hard work ahead of you. Without this essential part you might not even be able to retrieve your anchor while Sacramento Sturgeon Fishing. Using the power of your boat motor rather than your arms allows fast and safe retrieval.
Anchor Nest, or Anchor-Caddie as they're also known keeps your anchor secure while trailering and boating. Your Anchor Nest is without a doubt the most important piece in your anchoring setup. With the Anchor-Caddie hard mounted to the bow of your boat you are insuring easier releasing and retrieving of your anchor also while insuring your safety. Mounted properly the Anchor-Caddie will hang off the front of your bow a bit to allow safe retrieval and keep your anchor off the side of your boat, therefore protecting your paint or bare aluminum from scratches and dents. The front mounted rollers allow easier retrieval of your anchor like the one pictured below.
A Cleat. A properly mounted cleat is a sure fire way to prevent catastrophe. Having one close and in good condition will allow you to throw your anchoring system overboard if in need of a quick exit from a dangerous situation.
Many things can determine a "proper" River Anchor System. The list above gives you all the things that you might need. Keep in mind the size of your boat, water conditions, and your experience will determine the best fit for you.
The Sacramento River Anchor System is not just for the Sacramento River, but can also be used in rivers with a constant or strong current where anchoring is preferred.