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 Post subject: Switched to a heavy mushroom anchor
PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:26 pm 

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I have tried the foldable Kayak claw and Danforth anchors. I fish offshore structure (brushpiles)most of the time.Over time I got tired of fighting the anchor after the wind pushes the anchor into a snag. Most of the time I was able to recover the anchor after breaking tie wrap and reversing the anchor. Breaking a tie wrap on your anchor from a kayak in chop is not an easy chore. Earlier this year I switched to an 8 pound mushroom anchor. It is heavier and takes up more room but it has yet to get hung up. For my type of fishing the mushroom is worth the extra weight and bulkiness.


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 Post subject: Re: Switched to a heavy mushroom anchor
PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:47 am 

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I started using a 5lb mushroom anchor I have all the other but they stay in the truck just in case.


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 Post subject: Re: Switched to a heavy mushroom anchor
PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:16 am 
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Location: Cypress.......watching the weather to go BTB fishing!
Out of curiosity, where do you find brush piles offshore???

Are you talking fresh water environments or are you talking about the Gulf or other ocean??

In South Texas, "offshore" generally refers to Gulf of Mexico...........and I never heard of any brush piles out there.

Just confused!


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 Post subject: Re: Switched to a heavy mushroom anchor
PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 9:17 am 
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I also use a small mushroom for shallow lake areas, creeks, rivers, etc. Just to damn convienent in use. Definitely not good for very active water where strong holding power is required.


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 Post subject: Re: Switched to a heavy mushroom anchor
PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:22 pm 
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milret wrote:
I also use a small mushroom for shallow lake areas, creeks, rivers, etc. Just to damn convienent in use. Definitely not good for very active water where strong holding power is required.


That's where the bruce excels! I don't even bother taking my mushroom any more.


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 Post subject: Re: Switched to a heavy mushroom anchor
PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:44 pm 

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Mythman,
(Offshore) Probably a bad choice of the word. I am talking freshwater and fishing the open water area of the lake versus shoreline structure.

Dan


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 Post subject: Re: Switched to a heavy mushroom anchor
PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:51 pm 
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[quote="PlanoDano"]Mythman,
(Offshore) Probably a bad choice of the word. I am talking freshwater and fishing the open water area of the lake versus shoreline structure.

Dan[/quote

Thanks for clarification.......I kind of figure same!


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 Post subject: Re: Switched to a heavy mushroom anchor
PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:11 am 

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I gave up on grapple hooks this spring and ordered a bruce claw as an experiment. I have found it does really well in the soft mud of the north texas lakes I fish. I also learned that zip ties (even small ones) are not the best choice for reverse rigging for my uses. Instead I have switched over to the wire tie that get used on trash bags and bread. a couple of twist and good to go..best of all they are reusable since the one end always stays connected to the anchor.


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 Post subject: Re: Switched to a heavy mushroom anchor
PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:53 am 

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The bread tie idea sounds good. I guess I'll need to try a brice type anchor when I get tired of stowing the extra bulk and weight.


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