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Old 03-31-2017, 11:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

Considering this is my first post, let me introduce myself. My name is Jon, and i currently live in brooklyn but will be doing most of my fishing from my kayak in the western sound along the Westchester side. I am new to kayak fishing with this summer being my first full season.

My main question, is whether an anchor trolley is necessary for the type of fishing I will be doing. I plan on doing some fluking, going for stripers, but the majority will be for porgy and blackfish (when is season).

I have a 2014 hobie outback, and she's my baby. I bought her used last october in near immaculate condition. The thought of drilling unnecessary holes in her is a scary thought, but if it is recommenced and will help wth my catch rate then i have no problem doing so.

Any suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 04-01-2017, 02:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Jon

Welcome to the wonderful world of kayak fishing.

There are many kayak anglers that are completely against using anchors. I don't know why. In my opinion they are essential, especially for bottom fishing. If you plan on doing a lot of porgy and tog fishing, as I do, then an anchor trolley will make your life a lot easier and safer. Also, for tog fishing consider going with a small vinyl-coated mushroom anchor instead of the traditional folding claw-type kayak anchor. It will be much more resistant to getting stuck in bottom structure.

As for a drift chute, I would consider it a helpful but non-essential accessory. If you're doing a lot of fluking a chute can help to keep your drift speed down on windy days. If you do go for a drift chute, again, the easiest and safest way to deploy one is with an anchor trolley.

There quite a few instructional videos on youtube showing how to install one. I admit, drilling holes in your "baby" is a scary thought.

I'd say go for it.

-Paul

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Paul, much appreciated. You definitely took the fear out of installing a trolley system. Thanks again!
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I hear you about drilling holes, I was petrified to drill the first hole in my boat. But it had to be done.
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some really good youtube and paddling.net videos on employing an anchor trolley...
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