"It's like an extra set of hands," says Jeffrey Liederman, a tackle specialist at Capt. Harry's Fishing Supply in Miami. Rather than standing at the helm, he says, "I can be in the cockpit changing baits, watching lines, keeping everything fishing well." Sea anchors are particularly helpful on small boats. "With twin inboards, it's fairly easy to keep the bow into the sea. With outboards all the way at the stern, the boat doesn't respond as quickly. You end up sideways to the waves," he says. "The sea anchor settles things down and makes the situation a lot more manageable." Often the slower, steady drift helps kites fly better too.