I was in TW’s Bait & Tackle in Kitty Hawk NC on my recent Outer Banks trip and noticed the Lee’s Kingfishing Anchor among their selection of weights. Now I have to disclose that I knew this was made for pier fishing primarily, however the location of our rental in South Nags Head had some particularly nasty waves and currents the week we were there so along with an arsenal of ‘Sputnik’ sinkers, I picked up one of these in the six ounce variety to give it a shot in the surf on a rod setup for sharks.
I used a sliding sinker clip and a 10/0 circle hook rigged with half of a fresh mullet using electric wire ties to hold it on the hook tied to 30# mono. The rod is a 15′ model from Basspro with a generic spinning reel that is pretty much a throw away unit if it gets tore up. I’m looking at upgrading the reel in the near future, but that’s another story.
Once everything was set up, I waded out about waist deep and gingerly chucked the line out. I made the mistake of tossing heavy loads out with this rod in the past to hear a dreaded snap and watching your rig fly much farther than you could ever cast it with a line still attached. In this case, I got a descent cast out of it and the rig landed just inside of the breakers.
The rig did as I hoped and set in the same spot in the surf while my other weights up to 6 ounces eventually were driven down the beach by the surf. The six ounce Lee’s Kingfishing Anchor held fast as I had hoped (even though I wasn’t on a pier and dropping the weight straight down).
I did manage to get one solid strike, but the hook failed to set. This is where my problem came in, not a problem with the weight mind you, but a problem with my method. When I tried to pull the rig in to check the bait after the strike. The anchor refused to break loose. I tried a variety of slow pulling, jerking like setting a hook and walking up and down the beach. My thought was that the mono may not hold, which unfortunately turned out to be the case and the rig broke off at the swivel. I could see the remains of my knot in the end of the mono once I reeled it in. I can’t fault the Lee’s Kingfishing Anchor for the break-off but my obviously inept knotting skills!
So the net of this all is, the Lee’s Kingfishing Anchor did it’s job. It held fast to the bottom in some challenging surf and current and gets a full on buy from me for the cost and effectiveness, however I would recommend the use of braided line in a higher test than 30# to limit the risk of losing your rig if you get a hard set on the bottom.
The Good about Lee’s Kingfishing Anchor:
- Quality Construction using heavy duty materials.
- Comes in 6 or 8 ounce variaties
- Inexpensive for the quality of the build
- Holds rock solid on the bottom, even with moderate surf
The Bad about Lee’s Kingfishing Anchor:
- Compared to $.30 an ounce for lead, it’s about twice the cost of a traditional lead weight.
- Not readily available at big box sporting stores, however can be ordered from Tex’s Tackle and Bait in Wilmington NC over the internet.
Also Check out my setup and review video on youtube here.