Homemade Sea Anchor


When fishing for flounder inshore, I always try to drift my rigs right on the bottom, but this can be tricky in windy conditions. Sea anchors help keep my drift speed down and the boat over the desired fishing grounds. The least-expensive sea anchor I've found is a five-gallon bucket with a few 1" holes drilled in the bottom. I tie a line to the handle and then cleat it off to my 25-footer when the wind picks up.

- David Pantiliano, Ridgefield Park, New Jersey