August 14, 2015
I’ve been looking for a good anchoring system for my kayak that won’t break the bank. A gentleman named Steve advised me and a friend of a great kayak anchoring system called the “Anchor Wizard”. He forwarded me the info and when I got home, I began to research about it.
The Anchor Wizard is American made and home based in the farm community of Evart, Michigan. It contains up to 60 feet of 1/8-inch anchor line, and the container comes in red, green, black or yellow (which matches up to most kayak colors). The Anchor Wizard is even endorsed by Chad Hoover, a pioneer in kayak fishing.
Let’s say you just came across what seems to be a great fishing spot, but you can’t stay in one area because the wind or current keeps moving you around. Simply turn the handle of the Anchor Wizard a half-turn counterclockwise and the anchor will drop and sink to the bottom. You also have the ability to regulate the speed of the drop by "feathering" the handle back and forth.
When you’re ready to head in, simply turn the handle clockwise until the anchor comes up and sets itself in the shoot. The line automatically locks so that the anchor does not fall back in. Even while you are anchored, you can let line out to reposition yourself or reel yourself back some. The anchor is made of Precision Cast 319 Aluminum, so it is okay to use in both fresh and saltwater.
My experience with the Anchor Wizard has been nothing but positive and I find it does what it is advertised to do. The Anchor Wizard does not come with an anchor; therefore you will need to supply your own. Dropping the anchor and reeling it in has not been an issue whatsoever and it has secured me on very windy days. There will be times that your anchor may get wedged and you’re not able to pull it up by tipping over or having to cut your line. If you do one thing when tying your anchor to the Anchor Wizard, it will save you some aggravation later in these instances. Instead of tying off to the top of your anchor, tie off to the bottom and then run your line up the anchor and zip tie it to the top. This serves as a break away and allows you to pull from the bottom of your anchor, save your anchor and not pull yourself over.
Installation was quick and easy. I took the anchor tube and positioned it so that the anchor would have clearance to drop and marked my three holes. Using the supplied stainless steel screws, I mounted it to the top of the kayak in the rear. Make sure to use some kind of marine silicone to seal the holes. I then used the track mounts to mount the Anchor Wizard spool to my Feelfree track system. If you don’t have a track system, you’ll need additional screws and bolts to mount the Anchor Wizard to your kayak. That was a 20 minute installation time from out of box to onto kayak.
The Anchor Wizard costs $149.99 and can be ordered at www.anchorwizard.com/ or at kayak and outdoor stores in several states. Anchor Wizard also makes anchor systems for drift boats, canoes, pontoons, deep Vs, standard Vs, and more. So, if you are struggling for a dependable anchoring system, be sure to check the Anchor Wizard out.
For more information about the Anchor Wizard, please visit: www.anchorwizard.com/
Review written by Gary Elliott, facilitator of www.Facebook.com/GarysOutdoorNewsandReviews and @garys_outdoor_news_and_reviews.