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Using The Human Anchor To Catch More Fish

The human anchor is a way to slow the boat down, take your time and target more fish.
Tim Romano author.
Tim Romano
July 4, 2024
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Using The Human Anchor To Catch More Fish

Anchors seem to be a common talking point when angling boaters get together. How big? How small? What type? How heavy? The debates can go on forever.

There’s one type, however, that you may not have tried: The human anchor.

Many years ago, I had the privilege of being invited to Bristol Bay Lodge by acclaimed painter and fishing guide Bob White as a “visiting artist” to explore the area and teach the guests photography. While out one day with Bob, he showed me the finer points of the human anchor. I was blown away, as I’d never seen it in action before. Since then, I’ve used the system many times here at home in Colorado.

It works extraordinarily well if the conditions are safe.

The basics consist of the rower getting out of his/her vessel, grabbing a solid piece of the boat, pointing the bow downstream and simply walking the boat with angler slowly with the current. It’s far more accurate speed-wise then back rowing and will let you sit in a spot for as long is needed, while targeting every rising fish, instead of just one or two. It’s also much quieter than rowing.

Try it next time you’re out. Just remember that you need to check the depth and swiftness of the water, as to not get swept under the boat before exiting.

Water conditions are extremely important to track beforehand.

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