TRAC Anchor Zone 20 Test on my Old Town Predator MK.
TRAC Outdoor Products’ newest AnchorZone Winch makes your leisurely activity truly leisurely with UP/DOWN Operation and is perfect for retrieving and deploying river and mushroom anchors using anchor rope. The anchor winch is very simple to operate. To lower the anchor, hold the switch in the DOWN direction until the anchor reaches bottom. To raise the anchor, hold the switch in the UP direction. Release the UP switch when the anchor is docked or anytime you wish to stop the retrieval of the anchor. Easy right!
The AnchorZone™ Winch comes with a mechanical toggle switch that is installed on the winch cover. For the AnchorZone, the davit is integrated with the winch frame for the easiest installation of all our winches and requires just 7.5”x7.5” of deck space – least in industry. The winch can be installed on the fore (front) of the boat. A second winch may be installed on the aft (rear) of the boat.
What Do You Get?
The AnchorZone™ Winch comes with rugged all-steel gears, 100’ of 4mm (5/32”) pre-wound double-braided anchor rope (500 lb. tensile strength), auto-resetting circuit breaker, 12’ of heavy 14-gauge marine-grade battery wire, an anchor safety cable and all assembly hardware. It runs quietly and smoothly on 12v power with low amp draw.
AnchorZone™ Winch Specifications:
- 12v Electric Winch uses less deck space just 7.5”x 7.5” (19 x 19cm)!
- Small Craft Anchor Davit (roller) is perfect for anchors up to 20 lbs. (9kg)
- Internally sealed mechanical toggle switch with added sealed boot – UP/DOWN operation
- 100’ (30.5m) x 4mm (about 3/16”) Anchor Rope with 500 lb. (227kg) break strength
- 12’ Heavy 14-gauge Battery Wire
- Retrieve 100 ft. of rope in 2 minutes!
- 20 Amp Circuit Breaker included
- 2-Year Warranty
Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $129.99
The AnchorZone20 Winch is the perfect gift for your favorite boater.
Cabelas BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing
If you are into the sport of bass fishing, you no doubt recently saw as Hunter McCarty and Sloan Pennington won the Cabelas BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship event held at Pickwick Lake in Florence, AL. If you were watching, you saw as the pair from the University of North Alabama hoisted their winning catch into the air on day two, narrowly beating out the team from Tusclum College who had led after day one. As often is the case for enthusiasts of any sport, the question arises of what makes these collegiate anglers so successful?
This question comes from those envious of the anglers getting paid to do what we often pay hundreds of dollars to experience. The truth is that there are a vast array of conditions and factors involved in to which team comes out on top. However, let’s look at a few pieces that allow these anglers to be so competitive at such a high caliber in the sport.
As with any sport you participate in, the equipment you use can make or break how successful you are; such is the case with many bass anglers. However, when we think of the equipment used, our minds often go directly to the boat and motors. However, those don’t play as big of a role as the rod, reel, and lures you use.
You wouldn’t expect Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson to show up to the golf course and play the entire round with only a nine iron. Why would you expect to be successful with just one rod, reel, and lure setup? The best anglers have multiple rods and reels to use, not to mention a tackle box full of lures to choose from.
However, just because you have a tackle box full of lures doesn’t mean you have to use them all. This is where experience comes in. Pay attention to the water conditions and weather; even the slightest change in either direction could change the way you fish.
Perform Maintenance before hand
There’s nothing more frustrating than getting out on the water and having your reel malfunction. Worse, still, is getting a whopper of a fish on the line only to have your line break as you get it to the boat. One tip all of the pros will tell you, above buying the best of the best, is too be sure your equipment is maintained properly. You can have the best boat, rod, reel, and even lure on the market and still have problems if you don’t maintain them.
If you are wanting to succeed and compete at even a margin of the level these guys do, gaining hands-on experience is the key. As Chad Morgenthaler, a professional bass angler, says, “There is absolutely no substitute for spending time on different bodys of water under varying conditions. It’s an absolute must to become a versatile angler.”
Keep Fishing with TRAC Outdoor!
What to do now that the kids have gone back to school?
As summer comes to an end and the kids begin filling the school halls again, we soon realize that it’s not much longer before the cold weather hits us. For different parts of the country, the colder weather might mean different things but one thing all anglers can agree on is that back to school time means getting in those last-minute fishing trips before the cold catches up with us.
Regrettably so, our children often become extremely busy when school starts, from homework to after-school activities, finding the time to go fishing can be hard, even for the most dedicated of anglers. SO, then, you are left with two choices. One, you could go fishing without the kids, which is a good idea from time to time, or two, you make time to get in those last-minute trips.
Make it enjoyable
While there’s a chance to do so, you should always make time to take your child to the water with you. Not only will you be passing on something you absolutely love but you’ll be making memories that will last a life time. When you do so, though, be sure to make it enjoyable. I remember a time from when I was a kid a gentleman took me and my brothers fishing while my dad was working. It would have been enjoyable, had we been able to talk.
Instead, he made us believe the fish could actually hear us. Therefore, we had to be as quiet as a church mouse. In all honesty, this set my fishing career back by a few years. SO, make sure your kids are making joyful memories.
Tips for fishing with kids
Truth be told, taking a child fishing is its own form of art. And, as with anything, keeping a few basic tips in mind could make all the difference.
Keep it simple
I don’t know of many kids with the motor skills needed to cast a bait-casting reel. Instead, give them one of the most trusted closed-faced reels you have and let them go at it. They will inevitably begin playing 21 questions and, eventually, the topic may wander to something completely unrelated; go with it. You never know what you’ll learn from them.
After about the tenth time of telling them to keep the line in the water, it becomes increasingly easier to lose your patience. Considering the children can often have some of the worse tempers of us all, this could end with your equipment being tossed in the water. Instead, teach them patience by showing it; they’ll soon catch on.
Make sure they catch something
I know; nobody likes giving up the location of their honey hole. However, your child is more likely to enjoy it when they are actually catching fish. This could even entail allowing your child to reel in the fish that hits your line. This is sure to help the fishing fever catch on.
Whatever you do, now’s the time to do it. Winter will soon be upon us and with it comes the time to hang up the rods. Enjoy this time while you can.
Happy Birthday America!
Nothing says Happy Birthday America more than a weekend at your favorite fishing hole. The fresh air blowing in your face as you make your way across the lake or river, heading to your home away from home. For most, the Fourth of July weekend means a long weekend away from work; celebrating freedom from “the man” while celebrating the freedom of our great nation.
What about a sale?
Want to celebrate in style? What could possibly be a better way to celebrate fishing your favorite spot as the fireworks sound off over head? I know; how about a sale?
That’s right. To help you celebrate in style, and to make your weekend that much greater, we here at Trac Outdoors have decided to make you deal better than any firework finale. From now until Saturday, all of our portable pumps are 25% off!
All you have to do is click below for your pump from the table below. You’ll celebrate even harder knowing you’ve got such an amazing deal.
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Tips for night fishing
If you do find yourself out on the lake watching the fireworks blast off overhead, keep this tips in might to make your night go better.
Learn to fish by feel and not sight
No, that’s now a line off of a “Karate Kid” movie, though it would make for a good one. I can see it now; “Fish on, Fish off. Fish on, Fish off.” I digress. What I mean is that most anglers that fish during the day are accustomed to watching everything around them. They watch as the lure hits the water, as the line gets tight.
Sure, you could add one of those little lights for the end of your pole, but what good will that do for your line or lure? Instead, get accustomed to the feel of the line as the lure hits the water. Teach yourself to slightly feel the line above your reel for when it gets tight.
Be Extra Attentive to the Water
Sure, you are going to have lights on the boat. However, as many have found out the hard water, artificial lights can tend to affect your depth perception when it comes to how close you actually are to the edge of the boat. Plus, shadows will play tricks on your mind. That’s why you need to be extra careful not to accidentally step overboard.
Always have lights on when moving the boat
This should go without saying. Whenever you are moving the boat from one spot to the other, even if it’s just with the trolling motor, always have lights on the bow and stern. Not only will this help you drive the boat but will alert any other boats in the path.
Remember, have fun and be safe. Happy Fourth of July from TRAC Outdoor Products to you!