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Fishing Applications With A PARA-TECH Sea Anchor

When on multi day trips sportfishermen (and commercial fishermen) will lay on a Sea Anchor rather than jog into the seas. This technique saves fuel, provides for a comfortable, stable ride and allows the crew to rest.

When the seas get rough and there is a risk of broaching, laying to a Sea Anchor forces the bow into the seas where the boat is less vulnerable as boats are designed to penetrate the seas bow first. This is the most recognized Sea Anchor application for all offshore boats.

When fishing in windy conditions it is difficult to stay on station and not roll in the trough without jogging into the seas. Using a Sea Anchor reduces drift to a minimal amount and keeps the boat on top of the desired fishing grounds.

Kite fishing is done in windy conditions. In such conditions a boat drifts too fast to effect a good bait presentation or to stay with the chum. A Sea Anchor will hold the boat on top of the fishing grounds for a longer period and improve the chances of good strikes. Some boat owners who kite fish carry more than one Sea Anchor, sometimes using the smaller one and at other times using the bigger one in order to drift at a rate that will give them the best bait presentation.

In the event of losing engine power using a Sea Anchor will point the bow into the seas keeping the boat from rolling in the trough and thus making repairs easier. The boat is also held in its last reported position making it easier for assistance to find the disabled boat.


BOAT BRAKES Fishing Tips

BOAT BRAKES is especially designed for fishermen. It's simple to use because it's lightweight and stores compactly. To use BOAT BRAKES, simply tie it to your boat and set it into the water. It will open automatically and rides through the water near the surface . You can adjust its drag easily from your boat without retrieving it. And when you hook a big fish, BOAT BRAKES can be collapsed instantly and lifted out of the fish's way quickly.

BOAT BRAKES can be used with any watercraft and comes in a range of sizes to suit all fishing and boating needs.


Tony Dean, outdoor personality and producer of IN-FISHERMAN RADIO, especially likes BOAT BRAKES for slow drifting over shallow flats in Midwest lakes. Tony says, "On windy days there's lots of plankton that gets concentrated over shallow reefs and bars. The bait fish school up and feed in these areas on these clouds of plankton. This occurrence draws predator fish like walleyes and northern pike out of concealment and they roam the shallows eating minnows. I like to drift really slowly with BOAT BRAKES and use a live-bait rig with a crawler or minnow fished on the bottom. Because my bait is moving slowly along with the natural flow of the plankton, the predators can't miss getting a good look at it. They see my slowly moving bait and go for it because it looks so easy to catch compared to the flashing and darting schools of minnows. I like to use the bigger sized BOAT BRAKES because they've got the drag I want to drift extra slow."

  Top Lake Erie guide, Capt. Jim Fofrich, uses BOAT BRAKES for fishing walleyes and small mouth bass. For walleyes, Jim locates a school of suspended fish, then stays on them with BOAT BRAKES so his clients can cast weight-forward spinners using the "countdown" method. BOAT BRAKES not only slows his drift so that he stays with the fish, it also stabilizes his boat and helps eliminate the pitching and rolling that result from the high waves common to this big lake
  BOAT BRAKES is a natural for bass fishing too. Largemouth bass fishermen can increase their catch by hovering over or near structure and suspended fish with BOAT BRAKES. There's plenty of time to cover an area with casts or to snake a plastic worm through the weeds or brush. This extra time spent fishing could really pay off in tournament. BOAT BRAKES saves your batteries too because you won't have to fight the wind with your electric trolling motor.
  Bass camp operator and Field Tester, Terry Drauden, uses a successful combination of BOAT BRAKES and his electric trolling motor to fish the weedlines for bass. "On the lake where I operate my bass resort, we have a lot of emergent vegetation. The bass like to hide back in the weeds and then come out to the edges to feed. My favorite way to fish these bass is to drift along the weedline and cast into the pockets or points of weeds where the bass should be. By drifting, I cover a lot of territory quietly. The key factor to my system is that I use a slow drift with BOAT BRAKES. This enables me to hit all the spots with my casts when I pass by - I don't drift so fast that I'm missing potential hot spots. When I miss a strike or get to an area that has produced in the past, I'll use my electric motor to keep me stationary until I work this spot a little longer."
  Crappies and northerns can be easier to catch too. Have you ever caught a fish, a crappie for instance, then anchored expecting to catch more, only to find that the fish seemed to disappear? When you stopped and sent your anchor to the bottom, the fish spooked and scattered. Now you can use BOAT BRAKES to slowly drift over weed beds and rock piles, casting and bobber fishing without disturbing the fish. This method is very effective for casting to schools of crappies with light tackle or cranking lures along weedlines for northerns and muskies. BOAT BRAKES keeps you in the fish zone without scaring them.

BOAT BRAKES is also an effective trolling tool. Dan Nelson, outdoor writer and author of Walleye Fishing on the Missouri river system, uses the following technique for backtrolling: "We do a lot of walleye fishing on the open windswept waters. When I want to slowly backtroll along an underwater line of structure, the wind has a tendency to blow my bow over and it knocks me off course. To counteract this, I attach BOAT BRAKES to the bow, let it out a few feet and put the motor in reverse. BOAT BRAKES keeps the bow steady and the boat tracks straight along the structure I'm trolling. This gives me pinpoint accuracy in placing my bait directly in front of the fish."

  Most boats with high horsepower engines won't troll slowly enough for effective fishing. U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Charter Captains Bob Parker and Lowell "Woody" Woodrich use BOAT BRAKES to slow their boats forward trolling speed. Capt. Parker attaches two BOAT BRAKES to his boat amidships - one from each gunwale. With this arrangement, Capt. Parker can deploy or retrieve BOAT BRAKES from his cockpit area. Capt. "Woody" prefers another method. He uses a single BOAT BRAKES attached close to his stern for slow trolling.

BOAT BRAKES is a must for lightweight craft like canoes and inflatables. Proven on wilderness trips, BOAT BRAKES will stop the runaway drift of light craft so that anglers can effectively fish instead of frantically paddling to maintain location.

Arlen Johnson has been guiding wilderness fishing trips into Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area for 19 years. He first used BOAT BRAKES in 1982 and reports the following: "A canoe drifts real fast with any kind of wind. You can't portage a 20 lb. anchor into the wilderness, so we've always had to improvise. I've tried big rocks to a rock or filled a mesh onion sack with rocks for anchor. Both methods left a lot to be desired. When I tried your small size BOAT BRAKES for the first time, I couldn't believe how well it worked. It's no trouble to carry it into any pack and doesn't weigh anything."



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