Thursday, February 18, 2016

Check out Mantus Anchors for kayak fishing!

One of the most critical pieces of equipment that all kayak anglers need to have, especially those of us who frequent rivers, is a reliable kayak anchor.   Aside from the obvious, the ability to hold your kayak still in moving water or wind, there are a number of other factors you may want to consider when selecting your next kayak anchor.

One key attribute is the weight of your anchor.   No kayaker wants to be carrying around extra unnecessary weight in their kayak.    With more weight comes a larger displacement and lower ride in the water resulting in a slower and harder paddle.   A heavy anchor is also awkward to manipulate in the kayak and much harder to pull up from the bottom.

Also vital is the shape and function of the anchor, it hast to work when you need it!    Common anchors include using heavy objects such as gym weights, hook style anchors that fix onto rock or other objects on the water bed, and others dig into the ground when pulled.    Finding an anchor that will work in all conditions is sometimes difficult, especially if you want one that is not only functional but also lightweight!

With that in mind have a look into the Mantus Anchor!    Mantus makes several models of their revolutionary anchor with their small boat (dinghy/kayak) version weighing a mere 2.5 lbs!   There is both a stainless steel and galvanized version of the anchor available coming in at two very different price points.

So it is light weight, but will it work?   Well according to Laho Wind it will!   "In our opinion, mantus anchors is the best anchor company around! Over the last decade, tests performed by Cruising World, Practical Sailor, Sail and PMY magazines proved that new-generation type boat anchors outperform the traditional designs. Mantus anchors are designed to set in very hard or grassy bottoms. No other boat anchor on the market can set as rapidly, reliably, and securely."

Mantus has several videos on their website showing how their anchor digs into many types of water floor including sand or even dense grass which we have lots of around here.

I'll be getting my Mantus Anchor in time for Spring Sturgeon fishing.   I anticipate it will be an ideal anchor in that fast moving water with a sandy bottom, digging in and holding me firm while fishing for dinos!    Finally I'll be able to leave those bulky 10 lb gym weights in the garage!

Also check out the Mantus snap on light intended to be fixed onto rails.   I'm going to get one of these to try out on my kayak paddle.   It is small enough to not be in the way, and will be useful for a little extra light while night fishing, or perhaps set up around a campsite on my paddle.    One of the very cool features of this light is a USB out port so that you can use it to recharge your mobile devices!  

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