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Quick release system

When it comes to actually attaching your kayak to the bottom, I far prefer to use the quick release system, whereby the anchor and chain are attached to a buoy, rather like your own private pot buoy, and the kayak is then moored to that buoy using something known as a quick release.

When it comes to attaching the buoy to the anchor line there are two methods, either run the line from the anchor through the eye of a suitably sized bouy before it is attached to your divers reel, thus the buoy runs free on the line, or use some method of clipping the bouy directly to the body of the dive reel itself.  Either setup that I can chuck the whole set up over the side and it will stay afloat, and I can then just tie up to the floating buoy. The way I do this is by using something called a quick release which is basically just a 4m length of 10mm brightly coloured floating rope which is attached to the divers reel with a further carabineer. This rope then runs through the anchor trolley carabineer, and comes aboard the kayak and is secured at my side using a camcleat. Using this system it’s very easy to release the rope from the cleat and the kayak is free, which is very useful if you’ve just connected with a big tope, or if someone else has a decent fish on and you want to go over and give moral support or take some photos. It also a very good safety features as if the conditions change while you’re at anchor and you decide that discretion is the better part of valour, you can just cast off the quick release. If you’re fishing relatively shallow water, it also means that if the anchor gets stuck, you can let go, and leave the buoy marking the position of the anchor and come back and collect it at low tide.

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