Easy DIY Kayak Anchor Setup

Fishing in a kayak is a great way to get on the water and catch more fish, but there are also challenges involved when out on a small watercraft. One of these challenges is battling the wind and current, which cause you to drift away from the area you are trying to fish. Obviously, an anchor is one of the best ways to combat this and allow yourself to pick apart an area.

I recently found myself in need of an anchor setup for my FeelFree Lure 11.5 fishing kayak. I wanted something that was easy to install, functional, and wouldn’t make me drill holes in my kayak. After doing a bit of research, I found that an anchor trolley setup would be one of the best options for me. Below is a video which I found very helpful in setting up my anchor trolley.

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Now, while you may want to do it exactly like this video shows, I chose to alter it a bit and opt away from the pulleys. I simply used quick links to attach my paracord to my ball bungees. I also chose to do two half-length trolleys, as a full length trolley would not fit my kayak very well. I suggest altering your trolley specific to your kayak to find what works best.IMG_3234 IMG_3235



[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCOwhQgT_M8]


My setup, holding 50 feet of rope and a 3lb. anchor

So now that you know how to install the trolley, which is what your anchor will attach to, you need a good anchor setup which will allow you to manage your rope, and keep you in position. Again, I found a video which is extremely helpful which shows an easy DIY anchor. I chose to make mine exactly like the following video, with a 3lb. anchor which I purchased at Dick’s Sporting Goods.


Overall, an anchor is of utmost importance on the water if you are fishing out of a smaller watercraft such as a kayak. Depending on the boat you fish out of, you may want to alter this setup or even choose an entirely different one. Find one that works best for you and enjoy yourself on the water.

Materials Needed:

  • Carabiner Clips
  • Paracord
  • Quick Links
  • Ball Bungees
  • Steel Rings
  • Anchor Rope
  • Pool Noodle
  • 1/2″ PVC Pipe
  • Stainless Steel Clip
  • Anchor
The result of being able to pick apart the bridge pilings, thanks to my anchor.

The result of being able to pick apart the bridge pilings, thanks to my anchor.


My new anchor setup in use, holding me in place, while allowing me to fish.