Anchoring tips_Twin Anchor technique for fishing in the right spot

Anchoring your boat with the twin anchor technique

Anchoring your boat with the twin anchor technique has many advantages and I have been doing it this way for many years.

Twin anchors allow you to anchor sideways in the current thus maximizing your fishing area.

It keeps the boat steady and your baits in the right place, and reduces the effect of wind and tide on the boat.

When using one anchor, the boat tends to swing, influenced by wind and tide. This can cause your lines to cross and tangle.

Additionally, a steady boat allows you to stay tight to your bait ready for that once in a life time fish.

This technique is primarily for use in creeks and estuaries in water less than 10 to 12 metres. It is best suited to live baiting.

Twin anchors are also great when anchoring your boat on the beach.

It helps to avoid the boat washing up on the shore with wave action.

Plus you can pull yourself out backwards when the tide recedes and avoiding dredging with your motor. Or walking it out through box jellies and sting rays.

anchoring on a beach with twin anchors

Anchoring your boat with two anchors allows you to pull up on the shore and catch bait without the boat washing up.


In this video I take you step by step exactly how to anchor in the right place to fish using this technique. We also demonstrate how to anchor your boat on the beach when going ashore.

Plus a quick tip on the angle of your rod holders and how I have my boat set up.


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Anchoring your boat on the fish is so important when trying to catch more fish.

For comprehensive fishing demonstrations including anchoring your boat on the fish with the help of your sounder, check out our online course Sounder Skills 2. 


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About The Author

Ryan Moody

Ryan Moody started his fishing career on the reef boats before catching bucket list marlin for the likes of champion heavy tackle angler Johnno Johnson, INXS and the King of Sweden. Branching out in the late 80's to guided barramundi fishing, Ryan has made a name for himself as a Big Barramundi specialist and to date has put clients onto over 2000 metre plus barra. That is over 2 kilometres of metre plus barra! With attitudes changing from 'keep all you can' towards catch and release, Ryan has decided to share his extensive knowledge and hopefully inspire people of all ages to get out from behind the computer screen/TV and into the fishing outdoors lifestyle he has spent his life perfecting.

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  • Sebastian

    Reply Reply November 25, 2020

    Awsome video and very helpful i think i will be going over to your youtube for more handy and helpful hints and tricks.

    • Ryan Moody

      Reply Reply November 25, 2020

      Hi Seb, thanks for your kind words mate. Heaps more helpful tips on our youtube mate. Cheers

  • Tim

    Reply Reply March 4, 2017

    Ryan, nice share. I like your twin boat anchoring techniques. Actually, fishes are very clever. If your baits are moving because of inaccurate anchoring, there is a possibility you will have a bad fishing day in the water.

    So, I hope people will take care of the twin anchor technique to catch fish with a better experience.

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