Anchoring in Troubled Waters

It was early April on the Mississippi River. The wind was blasting us and the water was high with current rushing by. Between the wind and the current we couldn’t get the anchor to hold. I have a 28-pound anchor, and you would think that would be enough, but it wasn’t. We dropped the anchor, and as it hit bottom we paid out more line but the boat kept drifting. We motored upriver and tried it again—same thing. The anchor just wouldn’t hold. After the third attempt I told my fishing buddy, Rod Ellner, that I had what we needed to finally fix this.

Rummaging under the bow of my boat, I pulled out a long bungee cord called the Global Position Anchor Stabilizer (GPAS) by Hickory Glen Creations. I dropped the anchor, gave out another 20 feet of line and attached the brackets on either end of the cord. Slipping off another 6 feet of line, I then wrapped the anchor rope around the cleat and waited.

The boat swung around with the current and came to a jolting stop—we weren’t moving.

Then, the anchor finally held.

We fished the rest of the day from that spot and never moved again.

The Global Position Anchor Stabilizer is one answer to fighting fast current, high winds or rough waters. I have been using these for years and always carry one in my boat. They are basically a bungee cord with a bracket on each end to loop the anchor rope through. This is far from any normal bungee cord, as it can take the shock from high waves, strong winds and fast currents. Once the anchor is in place, attach the anchor rope through the first bracket. Next, create a loop of 6 to 8 feet of rope before attaching the rope through the second bracket. Leave out another 6 to 10 feet of line and tie the anchor rope off. Creating the loop in the rope between the two brackets allows the bungee cord to stretch as needed. The cord allows more movement on the anchor line as it constantly stretches and contracts with the flow of the water or the wind.

Many have been anchored on a windy day with the boat battling the waves, jarring you as the boat crashes off waves. By using products like these that are a natural shock absorber you can navigate easier and have less abrupt movements of a boat in rough water.

Hickory Glen Creations also makes a regular bungee cord for other uses and the Happy Handler, which can be added to dog leashes to withstand the typical sudden bursts of energy from your canine friend.

Boats should be properly equipped with accessories when on any waters in February. When current is at its worse or the wind suddenly picks up in winter or during other seasons, you will certainly be glad to have the best tools for the boat.