PARA-TECH Boat Brakes

PARA-TECH Boat Brakes is the fisherman’s Sea Anchor and a must for all watercrafts. It adds new dimensions of enjoyment and safety to the time you spend on the water. Designed to be fully adjustable while in use, Boat Brakes’ unique dual-control rope, anti-spiral design permits tandem use when additional drag is needed. Boat breaks were designed for smaller boats, primarily for us on lakes to control drift in windy conditions.

Features & Benefits

  • Easy To Use
  • Self-Opening (Built in Floats & Weight)
  • Slows Big Boats
  • Improves Fishing Success
  • Provides Greater Boat Control
  • Aids Disabled Craft
  • Allow for Quick and Easy Retrieval
  • Permits Tandem Use for Extra Drag
  • Reinforced Construction
  • Convenient Storage Bag
  • Saves Time, Fuel, & Money


Trolling: Boat Brakes is ideal for fast trolling boats with high H.P. engines. It eliminates the expense and need for small auxiliary trolling motors. (See diagram.)

Drift Fishing: Boat Brakes is especially designed for drift fishing. It allows fishermen to drift slowly over their favorite fishing spots on windy days. Plus, it removes the need to constantly run the engine to counteract wind. (See diagram.)

Emergency Use: Boat Brakes is a must for any disabled watercraft to help keep the bow of the craft into the wind, minimizing the possibility of swamping or capsizing.

Now Available in 4 Sizes

Model Suggested Use For Best Performance Adjustable Range of Drag Volume
BB-24 Trolling - Light to Medium Duty Boats 1 - 42 Gallons
BB-36 Trolling - Medium Duty Boats, Cruisers, Etc.
Drifting - Light Duty Boats Through 14 Ft. in Length
1 - 147 Gallons
BB-48 Trolling - Heavy Duty Boats Through 33 Ft. in Length
Drifting - Medium Duty Boats Through 26 Ft. in Length
1 - 351 Gallons
BB-60 Drifting - Heavy Duty Boats to 33 Ft. in Length 1 - 660 Gallons

Boat Brakes Fishing Tips

Boat Brakes is specially designed for fishermen. It is simple to use because it is 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 ride 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.

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, and 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. Captain Parker attaches two Boat Brakes to his boat amidships - one from each gunwale. With this arrangement, Captain Parker can deploy or retrieve Boat Brakes from his cockpit area. Captain 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.

Contact our team to purchase PARA-TECH Boat Brakes before your next fishing trip.