Anchor upgrade or help? in Boat Talk Posted July 29 2 hours ago, Steve&Steph said: I have the tiny fluke anchor that came with my 257SSX. It might be 4-5lbs. I have 0 chain and anchor every weekend in a midwestern mud bottom lake. I have literally had 0 times that my anchor has not “hooked”. I simply find a spot, stop the boat from moving, do my best to THROW the anchor into the wind, so the boat is pulling back, make sure there is nothing behind you as you will move back from slack. Let out a lot of rope. Do I ever get to 5:1 or 7:1 ration, almost never. Our lake is 20’-60’ deep and I have 200’ of rope and typically only use 1.5:1 - 3:1. We get lots of wind and again, no issues. Occasionally I will get into a rock bottom cove that the anchor will drag in a little, but eventually hook. Using your front bow D ring will help as it’s lower to the water and will help with the pulling angle (what you are doing by letting out a lot of rope). You can use a Danik hook (google) to make this easier. Not hooking is almost always because you don’t have enough rope out. Throw your anchor into the wind.. if you throw your anchor across or with the wind, understand that your boat is going to move over it, or to the side until it’s pulling against it. Chain won’t hurt, but I have never needed it. This goes back to local knowledge. What works for your area may not work for others. As JJlai mentioned and I wholeheartedly agree.