We know that drift boat anglers do not need to hold as much anchor rope and rode as power boaters. Most drift boaters will only use about 100’ to 150’ of 3/8” or ½” rope, so using an anchor rope bag that holds 300’ or more of that anchor rope will take up too much valuable space in a drift boat compared to the bigger power boats.
Anchor rope and rode management is just as important for drift boat anglers as it is for power boats, sail boats and other water craft as well. Even if you don’t do much anchoring, it is always smart to have the ability to anchor, so having an anchor rope/rode storage solution is a must as far as I am concerned.
I have talked to drift boat anglers and drift boat guides and their anchor rope management greatly varies from using the old milk crates, 5 gallon buckets, to just letting it sit on the deck of the drift boat.
Times have, and continue to change and there are better options out there when deciding what anchor rope bag you need for a drift boat.
When choosing the right anchor rope bag for your drift boat, you should consider something that is easy to put your rope and rode in, and often including dropping your anchor in it as well. This will allow you to stow and store all of your rode in one easy portable solution, whether you or storing it in your drift boat or hanging on the wall of your garage.
You will also want something that will not retain water and get your rope subject to mold and mildew while stowed. You will want a breathable mesh material that stands up to the elements that will not breakdown if the anchor rope bag sits in your boat season after season.
So, when you ask the question, “What anchor rope bag do I need for a drift boat?”, you have the above things to consider.
Hope this helps! As always, if you have any comments, don’t hesitate to reply!