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What's the best place to anchor up and relax in the northern Chesapeake? I go to the Bohemia a lot but I was wondering if there was any other shallow areas that had a sandy bottom. Also where are all the chaps in the Chesapeake I barely see any?
I've been having good luck with our plow anchor. It even held the first time we used it in 20+ MPH winds. Last night we anchored at an island on Lake Texoma with the stern to the beach. The muddy bottom has a pretty steep grade until it gets to about 4 feet or so. We dropped anchor in approx 14 feet of water then backed toward the beach until we were in about 5-6 feet of water. Trouble is, we reached that depth rather quickly and before I was able to put out much rode. I estimate I only had about 15 feet of chain and 25 feet of rode played out. I took a stern anchor (box anchor type) and walked it up to the beach to keep the stern from swinging on the bow anchor. With all the traffic on the water last night for the fireworks, there was an almost constant wake trying to push us toward the island. At one point I realized we were slowly drifting toward shore and decided to release the stern anchor and "reel in" a bit of bow anchor in order to pull us to deeper water. I then tied off the stern anchor again. So now I only have about 30 feet of rode and chain deployed. But it held. My real question (besides pointers on how to better anchor which I eagerly anticipate) is does it require less rode if anchoring in deeper water with the stern in shallower water? It would seem the uphill grade would help the plow anchor better set and stay put. Is my theory full of holes?