Shallow-water anchors let you work wind-swept structure without drifting onto the rocks or out of position.
Case in point: his twin Marty experimented with shallow-water anchor while night fishing muskies last October, and swears he’ll never be without them again. "They made such a huge difference, it changed the way he fishes forever," says Glorvigen. "He was able to stay on the windy side of shallow reefs without drifting over them while casting, performing figure-8s and fighting fish up to 50 inches in length."
Shallow-water anchors aren’t just for still water, either. "They work great in current, on everything from small flat-bottoms to larger boats," he says, explaining that his favorite riverine applications include anchoring above wing dams and pools, or along current seams. "Since the transom faces up-current, you can fish from the bow, which is convenient. Plus, by using the bow-mount trolling motor in conjunction with a shallow-water anchor, you can work a 360-degree circle without repositioning."
Wherever they’re deployed, shallow-water anchors offer big benefits in stealth and efficiency. "Imagine, no more rattling chains, clunking the anchor against the side of the boat, or wrestling with the rope while the boat drifts out of position," says Glorvigen. "Plus, the remote-control options make it easy to raise and lower the spike from anywhere in the boat. The wireless foot switch works great in the bow, while the standard Talon Remote can be worn on a lanyard or mounted on the driver’s dashboard, giving you a variety of deployment options."
Besides being breakout fishing tools, they’re also great for safely parking your boat at a dock or along shore. "When you pull up to a dock, one of your greatest fears is rubbing the boat against nails or other sharp objects," he says. "With a shallow-water anchor, you can nose up to the beach, drop the spike, and know the boat won’t go anywhere. When you multiply the cost of fixing scratches and dents over the life of a boat, a shallow-water anchor pays for itself many times over."
As an added benefit, shallow-water anchors reduce the risk of transporting exotic aquatic species from one lake to the next. "They’re so much cleaner than traditional anchors, you’re not pulling weeds and muck into the boat, which could spread non-native species," says Glorvigen. "And they keep your boat cleaner in the process."
More good news, there are shallow-water anchors for virtually every fishing boat. For example, Minn Kota recently expanded its Talon offerings, adding 10- and 12-foot spikes to its lineup, which also includes 6- to 8-foot models.
Sporting a three-stage deployment system that left housing height unchanged, the new units also offer a trio of distinct anchoring options. When fishing on sand or mucky substrate, Soft Bottom mode tones down anchoring force and only taps bottom once, to prevent the spike from plunging too deeply into the goo. The Auto-Drive option taps three times, with increasing force, to gain a foothold. And in choppy seas, Rough Water mode performs three Auto-Drive sequences to maintain its grip on bottom.
No matter which size model fits your boat and style of fishing, Glorvigen says once you bolt one to the transom, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it. "Whether you’re fishing natural lakes, rivers or reservoirs, shallow-water anchors are a great piece of equipment to have aboard" he says.