“Sometimes we’ll set the sea anchor to slow the drift while we’re chunking,” says Bryce Poyer, owner of Whitewater Outfitters in Hampton Bays, New York. “If we’re making only a couple of drifts instead of four or five, we spend more time fishing.” Chum can make a mess of the sea anchor. As it comes aboard, Poyer puts the sea anchor in a cooler along with some Orpine bilge cleaner.
Poyer also uses the sea anchor for comfort. “Rocking around in the dark is unpleasant,” he says. “Instead of standing at the helm, jogging into the sea, I’ll set the sea anchor and sit comfortably drinking my coffee.” This also allows him to put at least one line down for swordfish and one on top for mako.
Poyer’s Long Rig
Poyer uses a much different rig than Liederman or Rosher. “A swordfish or mako or a real hot tuna fight deep,” he says. “You want that sea anchor way away from the boat so the fish swims under it.”
Poyer rigs his sea anchor on 300 feet of 5⁄8-inch nylon anchor rode. Like Liederman, he puts an 8-inch buoy on the prerigged trip line, and then attaches 50 feet of polypropylene, but at the end of the polypro, Poyer attaches a another buoy. “We drive up to it, taking up slack,” he says. “When we get close, the mate grabs that trip line with a gaff.”
Whatever the fishing situation, when you need to slow the drift or stay bow into the waves, try a sea anchor.