Doc's Bucket anchor

       One of the most dangerous aspects of river fishing is the combination of anchoring and handling fast currents, I like to use plenty of line on that front anchor, normally about 150 foot, I like to get a good bite on the bottom with the 25# Richter anchor.

        The one thing I don't like to use is the rear anchor, just too many things can go wrong when you have an anchor down off  the Transom, water can come over the back in a matter of seconds if the front anchor would let loose, in high current situations. Fish seem to know where that anchor rope is and get tangled in it.

        Jim Gormley aka: Mr. FishOhio on the Ohiogamefishing  boards came up with this original idea, I just modified his idea, and named it Doc's anchor bucket.

        A few items you need to get to make one of these things are a five gallon bucket, two sections of the hand rope off of couple of old cast nets, a 3/8 drill bit and a 1 1/2" holesaw, that is all you will need.

        First take the bucket flip it upside down and drill five holes in it with the hole saw in a pattern as you see here:

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Next take the 3/8" drill and drill four holes in the bucket like so

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Next take one of the cast net ropes with the swivel attached and make it 5 foot in length and attach a stainless steel D ring or a carbine ring to it like this.

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Next take your other rope and cut two 6 foot long pieces of the rope and run them through the swivel like this.

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You now have four ropes that are 3 foot in length, run each one inside the bucket and tie a knot on the outside of the bucket and cinch them down tight.

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The ropes need to be on the inside of the bucket so as the bucket sits in the current it will have a straight line of pull on the boat, when you get the boat anchored down from the front just clip the rope onto a ring or a cleat on the back of the boat and toss it out the back, the current will carry the bucket till the ropes tighten up and then flip it around like this.

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As the current pushes into the bucket it will flow out the holes that you drilled into the bottom but then the water will sort of back up and flow around the sides of the bucket like what is seen in this picture, you need the holes in the bucket so that it will be heavy, my boat is a twenty footer with high sides and this set-up locks it down with very little movement from side to side if the wind is hitting the boat from the side, I use one on each corner of the boat, beats taking the dangerous route of having a rear anchor down and that bucket will stay floating right behind the boat and is so easy to see. When your ready to move just haul the bucket in, allow the water to drain and your ready to move to your next spot. Drift socks work well but they tend to gather a lot of debris when it is heavy, the buckets make it easy to maneuver a fish around them as your bringing them to the boat.

Doc Lange 2-03-2001