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Long line anchors, help!

Postby Bullfrog26692 » Wed May 01, 2013 6:50 pm

I'm looking for input on making cheap anchors for my long lines. I need 12 anchors so it has to be affordable. I've heard of the coffee can trick but I'm hard pressed to find 12 cans. The weights need to be I guess between 3 and 5 pounds. What size weight do you guys use? Thanks!
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby Cujo1 » Wed May 01, 2013 8:06 pm

Bullfrog26692 wrote:I'm looking for input on making cheap anchors for my long lines. I need 12 anchors so it has to be affordable. I've heard of the coffee can trick but I'm hard pressed to find 12 cans. The weights need to be I guess between 3 and 5 pounds. What size weight do you guys use? Thanks!

we use window weights, some people say they roll in tides, I don't know, I hunt lakes and don't have any problems, I also don't know how much they weigh.
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby Slack Tide » Thu May 02, 2013 10:45 am

You can get the bricks that have holes in them, sash weights. Go to the junk yard and get some brake drums or old engine parts.
Just find some heavy stuff you can tie something to.
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby jeepman » Fri May 03, 2013 6:28 am

walk the railroad tracks. there are all kinds of steel pieces and spikes you can use. It doesn't really matter what you use as anchors as long as it holds the line in place. I use dumbells from yard sales, downrigger cannon balls, and and other random stuff because i refuse to pay 20 bucks apiece for grapple anchors.
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby apexhunter » Fri May 03, 2013 6:32 am

A buddy went to a used sporting goods place (Play it Again Sports) and bought a few used 5# weight plates for anchors. They are cheap, easy to rig and can be stacked or layed flat in the bottom of the boat for transport.
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby Bullfrog26692 » Sun May 05, 2013 8:58 pm

apexhunter wrote:A buddy went to a used sporting goods place (Play it Again Sports) and bought a few used 5# weight plates for anchors. They are cheap, easy to rig and can be stacked or layed flat in the bottom of the boat for transport.


Perfect! went to Play it Again Sports and picked up 12 5# plates for 2.95 a piece. Thanks!
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby gander_lander34 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:49 am

x2 on the Play It Again Sports way. I got 6, 10# (3 sets) plate grip weights for $.50/lb. $30 for 60 lbs of weight isn't too shabby. Got the idea from here. That place is an untapped resource for stuff like this.
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby Anas rubripes » Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:58 pm

I went to Office Depot and bought a few 3" or 4" diameter by 3' long cardboard mailing tubes, cut them into 12" long sections, duct taped one end shut, filled them halfway with concrete, inserted a long eye bolts with a couple large scrap washers, and topped it off with concrete. If you mix it right, they last a long time. I figured it out once, but I don't remember exactly how much they weigh; somewhere between 5 and 10 pounds. Same as with sash weights, some say they roll in current or tide, but the open water I hunt in its no big deal. Cardboard tubes were cheap and so is a bag of quickcrete.

If I could change anything, I would cut the tubes so the entire weight was 11.75" to the top of the eye bolt. Then they can stand up or lay down in a standard milk crate for easy transport.
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby m.teeter » Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:49 pm

Either plate anchors or window weights. Both can usually be found at yard sales for cheap.
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby don novicki » Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:31 pm

I have a garage full of 5 and 10lb window weights. I think I could send em by USPS for the flat rate box. How many do you need? 2.00/each plus whatever shipping is..........
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby ScaupHunter » Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:00 pm

Wish I had known about all you sash weights before I managed to find all the ones I needed. That is a good price.

For those who say sash weights roll in a tide, I say that is bunk. The lines drag on the weight and keep it straight in the current or waves which prevents it from rolling. I hunt a large tidal river with 9 foot tide exchanges and some serious current. I have never had a weight roll or slide once set.

If you run to short of an anchor line and a lot of decoys on one line you might move a 4 or 5 lb weight. In heavy current conditions I have run up to 12 decoys on a line and never had them budge with a 6 lb weight on the upstream end and a 4 lb weight on the downstream end. That includes some very rough water conditions. With smaller tides and calmer seas I run 30 foot anchor lines. In rougher conditions, big tides, or a little bit deeper water I run 60 foot anchor lines.
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby Ducks'n'Dogs » Tue Nov 12, 2013 12:49 am

I used the small one quart paint cups from the hardware store and filled them with concrete and an eyebolt with washer. Last year I lost a few and ended up cutting pop bottles in half and filled them with concrete.
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby ridefree16323 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:22 am

Find yourself old window weights that is what we use. Find a contractor that does window replacements or a demo company that tears down old homes.
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby handyandy » Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:15 am

I run a few long lines occasionally for some deeper water I welded two old brake rotors together for the weights, with the hub portion welded to each other so I can just wrap the line around them like a spool. They are probably excessively heavy but they were free and work.
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby zman115 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:46 pm

Heres a few I made tonight, they are kind of crude but will get the job done. The cans are 3/4 full and are 4-5 pounds. The small pie shapped ones are 1.5 lbs. I melted tire weights on a fryer cooker in cast iron skillets.
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby zman115 » Fri Dec 06, 2013 6:47 pm

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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby UpSouth811 » Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:58 pm

Brake rotors r heavy but work good in strong current
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby MaverickDiesel42 » Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:51 am

I've used old horseshoes (the heavy throwing ones for the game) and they have worked really well.
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby dickieg » Thu Jan 02, 2014 6:39 pm

I JUST USED OLD SOUP CANS FILLE WITH QUICKCRETE
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby MJO21 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:41 pm

PVC pipe cut to length then filled with quickcrete.
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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby O2Fsh » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:05 pm

HD throws out dozens of empty paint cans daily. Perfect size and typically has handles.

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Re: Long line anchors, help!

Postby duckr68 » Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:20 am

cut a plastic soda bottle down to manageable size, fill with quick crete add eye bolt with nut and washer to the top and screw in 3in lag bolts into the sides. then let dry and you have a heavy weight and the lags keep it from dragging or rolling.
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