Multi Purpose Anchor Line

Discussion in 'Saltwater Fishing Forum' started by Waterwolf2230, Jan 31, 2018.

  1. Waterwolf2230

    Waterwolf2230 Well-Known Member

    Hey guys,

    Do any of you see an issue in using weighted 5/16 prawn line in a halibut anchor system? I was going to build a system just like they have at Harbour Chandler but using my existing prawn line.


  2. chromatose007

    chromatose007 Active Member

    Depends on the size of your boat. Up to 30' shouldn't be an issue. Attaching the chain could be problematic.
    Good idea, gl.
  3. Whole in the Water

    Whole in the Water Well-Known Member

    Going to be very heavy to pull up - might stress the typical prawn puller. How do you plan to pull the traps up?
  4. Waterwolf2230

    Waterwolf2230 Well-Known Member

    I'll be using the Ace Line Hauler for prawning which should be fine, and the hali anchor pulls itself with the buoy. My boat is 28' overall and I was going to put 45-50' of grade 30 5/16" chain. 18" buoy with 30-50' tagline is what I was thinking. Oh and a 7.5kg Bruce style claw anchor. Some have suggested I go up to a 10kg anchor...thoughts?

    I like the prawn idea for the multipurpose aspect, also I can if need be add my 100' - 5/16 weighted crab line to the 450' of prawn line if I need the extra depth. I've been practicing my rope splicing. Not too bad once you get in a rhythm.



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  5. seagal

    seagal Member

    Hi Curtis. I used the same se

    P.M. sent. Cheers Jim.
  6. casper5280

    casper5280 Well-Known Member

    Hand lining it in will be the issue, once pulled it will sink again and 400' will get heavy to work with if I understand you correctly. The other would be comfort working with the smaller diameter line.
  7. Waterwolf2230

    Waterwolf2230 Well-Known Member

    I never really thought about it that way. I guess after the first trip I’ll have a good idea. Do any of you use a hose reel to store the line or just a garbage bin? A buddy of mine uses a hose reel for 600’ of prawn line. Works pretty slick.
  8. Redfisher

    Redfisher Active Member

    Splice D links in your lines to add your extra line. Prawners use these to speed up the joining of 2 pieces of line and they go through a hauler easily
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  9. Sentinel

    Sentinel Active Member

    I have been running 600’ of weighted 5/16” crab rope for a number of years for my hali anchor setup for my 28’ boat. It works great. Being three strand it is easy to splice to the chain and or other rope. 4 years ago I lost an anchor while running the 5/16 spliced directly to the anchor chain after getting the rope in the rocks. It chaffed it badly, which ultimately severed it on the pull. I now splice the 5”/16 to 100’ of 1/2” three strand anchor rope which is then spliced to the anchor chain. This gives me a bit more integrity for the portion on the sea floor. I have not had any trouble since this change. This is all deployed from a tub in the cockpit and retrieved with a scottsman.
  10. captmike

    captmike Member

    commercial longliners, prawners use polyester line that sinks when wet-no need to have weighted line as the ace hauler can only haul 2 prawn traps so the extra weight is a strain.
  11. Fixit

    Fixit Well-Known Member

    wont be a problem.
    splicing leadline can be hard because its so stiff. i use 100ft of 1/4" chain for my hali anchor set up. pull it with a ring and a scotchman, then use the ace to retrieve the line into a bucket. bin etc.
    btw the ace is rated for 4 traps not 2 and ive never seen a commie boat use anything but leadline for sets
  12. Last Chance

    Last Chance Admin Staff Member

    I used it for a season a loooooong time ago. However, back when I was being cheap, 3/8 yellow did me 3 seasons and is a lot nicer to handle.
  13. NautiGirl

    NautiGirl Well-Known Member

    It works, but it takes up more space due to the stiffness and the need to coil it, compared to softer more expensive ropes commonly sold as halibut anchor set ups. It takes a bit longer to haul up when hali fishing and doing a quick pull to avoid incoming bad weather or freighters. I use a full size green garbage can to coil it in, but it takes up way more space than my friends small basket using the expensive rope.
  14. gokart

    gokart New Member

    I'm using hose reel and I have 1600 ' of prawn line on it that's give to me plenty of room on my 26'RH
  15. fishbadger

    fishbadger Active Member

    Yeah I'd think the biggest issue would be it sinking after you pull the anchor, but before you recover all your line in the boat. But I doubt you'd have any problem with any of the other technicalities.

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