Power Pole this, Minn Kota Talon that – the current industry has us all thinking they invented the boat anchoring system. Maybe they invented the “stick in the mud” but for years, probably dating back to the times of Cro-Magnon or Neanderthal, anglers used a rope tied to a heavy weight to keep their boats from drifting off a prime spot.
Then in the late 60s – early 70s, companies started manufacturing automatic anchor dispensers, like the Worth Anchormate II shown here, that allowed anglers to place and retract their anchors without actually touching the anchor or the line. Theses units also allowed the angler to do this from afar.
There were a couple of problems associated with these contraptions, though. They needed constant adjustment to ensure 1) the anchor didn’t fall from the gunwale and create a splash akin to Moby Dick breaching and 2) so the spool that carried the rope wouldn’t backlash, creating a mess that any bald eagle would be proud of.
Albeit cumbersome, the fact is most serious anglers in the 70s had at least one of these things on their boat and many anglers had two, one fore and one aft. Thankfully technology took over and we no longer have to use these things to stop the boat from drifting over our precious fishing spot.