Our guests love the experience and freedom of driving their own boats and choosing their own fishing spots. A necessary skill for each driver to learn is pulling the anchor when ready to move. This video demonstrates the proper technique for using the boat to accomplish the task.

While you are more than welcome to retrieve the anchor by hand, remember that it weighs 27 lbs. and has a 10 lb. chain attached to it. Our guess is that you will be want to use the boat method early in the week, so we require each boat driver to demonstrate pulling the anchor with the boat method before leaving the dock. Our staff will work with you for as long as you need to make sure you are comfortable and confident.

Here are a couple reminders of what not to do with regards to the anchor:

First, never tie the anchor to the side or the back of the boat. You will run the risk of swamping the boat.
Second, never cut the anchor rope. If you are unable to pull the anchor, contact a chase boat or the lodge. We will come and assist you as soon as we can.

Enjoy the video! Be sure to leave a comment below if you have any questions, concerns, or even tips. Happy Fishing!

Mark Warner
Mark H. Warner was raised in Juneau and he has been fishing the waters of Alaska for more than 30 years. He grew up working with his father developing Doc Warner’s from its earliest days. After getting his Ph.D. in Mechanical engineering, he went to work in the industry where he later completed an Executive MBA. Then in 2010, his father, Doc, offered Mark and his wife, Kristina, the opportunity to move back to Alaska and operate the lodge full-time. Today, Mark has over 25 years of experience with Doc Warner’s. His knowledge and experience teaching people about self-guided fishing in Alaska are now used to create lasting memories for Doc Warner’s guests.