Stern Anchor Mount or Bow Anchor Mount – What Is the Difference

In all the good, old westerns, the cowboys always let you know how important a good mount is. If you can’t trust a cowboy like Marshall Matt Dillon or Little Joe Cartwright, who can you trust? Just keep that in mind when you are considering anchor mounts. Securing your boat wisely is one of the most important things you will do whether you are fishing or out for a day of boating fun.

So, what is the best way to anchor – with a stern anchor mount or a bow anchor mount? Here are some of the pros and cons of each…

A stern anchor doesn’t work as hard, so it can be a little smaller than a bow mount. You can anchor off the back when you are closer to shore in shallow water. However, if it gets rough enough, anchoring at the stern of a boat with a traditional type hull can pull your backend and down and submerge your motor. Although this situation is highly unlikely with a pontoon, I’m thinking you may not want to be out there if it gets that rough anyway!

The bow mount school of thought is that your motor already provides you with extra heavy weight at the stern, so a bow anchor can help your boat from swinging around. Ensure that your anchor sets well by applying enough downward pressure that your anchor penetrates the bottom. If you have an extremely heavy current, then you will want to position your self either shallower or on a shoreline adjacent of the current. Basically try and get to get out of the current the best you can. Keep in mind, the more shallow you are the pole gets stronger.

The bow mount is a great tool to get some precise positioning of your boat.

The usefulness of your anchor is entirely dependent upon your seabed penetration, so it is important to choose your seabed as wisely as you choose your anchor; and, by the way, wise boaters choose Stayput Anchors to stay put.