Anchoring up to fish wrecks can become very frustrating because of how difficult it is to position the boat correctly. Miss the target even a little, and you decrease hookup chances. Like most people, I throw out a buoy made from a plastic bottle to mark the wreck and then attempt to anchor so the boat drifts back to the buoy. But the wind and current rarely cooperate, so I usually make multiple anchoring attempts before finally settling.
My eager angling friends become very annoyed at this repetitive routine. To facilitate the process, my father suggested that I attach a 3- to 4-foot tail line to the top of the buoy and then tie a small float to the end of the tail line. Once the weighted buoy line reaches bottom, showing the wreck's location, the tail line floats away from the marker on the surface to show me the drift direction. I simply motor away from the buoy in the opposite direction of the tail line, and the boat drifts straight back every time.
James D. Victory