If you fish anywhere other than fast moving or deep water, an anchor trolley will make it easier to position your kayak where you want it.
- Makes it easier to use an anchor
- Positioning your kayak
- Can also be a tether
- Do not use in fast moving water
- May not be necessary for shorter kayaks
- Be prepared to drill holes in your kayak
Why Buy an Anchor Trolley?
If you are new to kayak fishing, one of your first modifications (mods) should be a kayak anchor trolley.
The anchor trolley is designed to give you more control over the anchoring process and put you in better position to catch more fish.
The basic anchor trolley is made up of low stretch rope, two pulley blocks and a ring. Some people use bungee to give it a little stretch and hooks to attach the rope to the ring make it easy to detach and use the rope to tie off to a tree, dock, etc.
It is not difficult to install an anchor trolley but you will have to drill 2 to 4 holes in your kayaks. The pulleys should be about 1’ from each end and attached using plastic tri-grip rivets. Rivets make the job easy. Drill a 3/16” hole, put the rivet through the pad-eye or pulley block then use a rivet gun to ‘Pop’ the rivet. A rubber waster and some Goop will keep out any water.
How to use an Anchor Trolley
To use your anchor trolley, attach your anchor rope to the trolley ring using a carabiner. Do not run your anchor rope through the ring. Use the trolley to position the point at which the anchor connects to your kayak toward the front or back depending upon the wind, current and where you want to cast.
It takes a little practice to figure it out but it won’t be long to master.
Recommended Anchor Trolley
The YakAttack Leverlock anchor trolley is easy to install and the locking mechanism keep everything where it should be.
Anchor Trolley Videos
Kayak Anchoring: How To Anchor Your Kayak Using A Trolley SystemDo you have trouble staying in place while kayak fishing? Then it might be time to get a kayak anchor trolley system.
Note that a kayak anchor trolley can work with a stick pin or an actual anchor.
Watch how Salt Strong angler Tony Acevedo sets up his kayak while inshore fishing in the wind from his kayak.
Benefits of a kayak anchor system:
1) It’s quiet so you don’t spook fish while moving
2) You can use it to adjust your kayak in the wind
3) Simple to use
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Kayak Anchor Trolley Proper way to deploy use and retrieveThis is a safe way to use an anchor trolley system on a kayak. Deploy, use and stowage of a kayak anchor.
How to Install a YakGear Kayak Anchor Trolley***Hardware Change for 2016 – The kit now comes with 6 stainless self-tapping screws (2 for the cleat and 4 for the pad eyes) as a replacement to the rivets for the pad eyes. For installation of the pad eyes, simply use technique above with the self-tapping screws.***
Bill Bragman, President, YakGear, Inc., goes through the entire process of installing YakGear’s Deluxe Anchor Trolley. Anchor Trolleys provide paddlers the ability to control the position of their kayak or canoe in waters with currents or when experiencing windy conditions. For more information about the Anchor Trolley, visit: www.yakgear.com
Kayak anchor trolley install / Yakattack HD / DIY / Tips & TricksIn this video I’ll show you step by step how to install the Yakattack HD anchor trolley system on your kayak. I’ll share a few tricks I’ve learned to help me get the job done fast and easy!
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Here’s links to the gear I use…..
Home studio camera: My kayak:
Olympus TG870 action camera: Yakattack BlackPak:
GoPro Hero 5: Paddle leashes:
GoPro Hero 4: Fish Finder:
GoPro remote: Anchor system:
Battery bank: Camera monopod:
Rode Go Mic: Country Bound towels:
Rode Dead Cat mic cover: Mystery Tackle Box:
125GB Micro SD card:
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A brief tutorial about the uses of an anchor trolley for kayak fishing.
Special thanks to my daughter, Kyra, for shooting the video for me.
Eddie McRae – Dobro
Sam Brown – Guitar
Kayak Anchor Trolley – Which Side?Which side should you use for your kayak anchor trolley is pretty straightforward once you understand how the kayak anchor trolley system works and how to balance it with safety, your fishfinder, and any rudder controls. I demonstrate the kayak anchor trolley system in use and provide anchor trolley install guidance. If you are looking for kayak fishing for beginners advice, you should watch this!
Don’t make this mistake using the anchor trolley system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2brpGvhHhk
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Kayak Anchor Trolley Kits & Parts for Sale...
We assembled some Anchor Trolley kits and parts that are available online to help you comparison shop. If you are not comfortable installing your own anchor trolley, visit your local kayak shop and they will help.