Bass Pro Shops Fisherman Anchor Winch
A Real Back Saver!!!
I carefully mounted the Fisherman Anchor Winch on our 17' fiberglass Bass Boat. Since my boat has double walls, I used butterfly nuts/bolts to mount it. Because of some of the other reviews I went ahead and greased the cover screws, switch screws, and the switch. I also replaced the existing rope with 75 feet of good quality 1/4" Nylon rope. My intentions were to prevent future problems. I even painted the cover to match our boat. I purchased the winch at my local Bass Pro Shop, so there were no damaged components. My wife and I fish for catfish in a river near our home. Sometimes we will move 6 or 8 times during a fishing trip. Because we fish below a Lock & Dam sometimes the water is very swift, causing it to be very hard to pull our boat up stream by hand to where the anchor is located. But not anymore. The Fisherman Anchor Winch is very powerful and is already saving my back. It is so easy to use my wife doesn't mind winching up the anchor on ocassions. If our winch is ever damaged, or stops working, I will immediately replace it with another one just like it. I recommend this winch to all anglers that use an anchor quite often.
January 27, 2011
love this product
i bought 2 of this product 2 years almost now and i
fish daily, I run 18 lb. anchors and I have had no problems with this item. You have to look it over good and remember the switches will be getting wet so take them apart when u get them clean them up real good and put a film of lithium grease in them and u wont have a problem with the switches, I also recommend taking the rope of and throw it and put 3/16 on, but u can only get 75 feet of it on the spool witch is great pleanty.
And the costumer service is great email them the problem and u will recieve new parts with the 2 year warrenty on the winch. And they have got rid of the screws and put small bolts in the cover now so they fixed that problem that one person was talking about. This product is great just be smart when u look it over and the conditions ur gonna have it in.
May 12, 2010
Not the highest quality product, to understate....
I bought two of these for my boat, one fore and one aft. The quality of the winch motor and gears itself seems OK. Everything else is cheap junk. The plastic case, the switch, and the rope quality are very poor...in fact, abysmal. The 4 little phillips screws that hold the cover on will not come out because they are rusted in and the heads strip so you can't get the cover off, making mounting the unit ridiculously difficult. The plastic housing cracks and breaks way too easily, I had to return one to the store because the housing was broken, then the replacement had a broken switch and then the housing cracked on my other one while I was trying to get the screws out. I stretched the rope out to check it for frays and found it to be frayed from one end to the other. Unbelievable. Next time, I'll spend the extra few bucks to get the higher quality Deck Mate. This product is surprisingly low quality overall for BPS....definitely not up to the normal standards. I'm quite disappointed, and more than a little surprised that Bass Pro Shops actually put their name on this thing..
May 24, 2008
Not a bad electric anchor system
If your balance isn't too good, you're a little old like me and just plain don't like tossing/pulling anchors, then this will do the job. I've got 2 of them, fore and aft of a pontoon boat and I mounted the switches up on the console area. The only drawback to it, is that it takes getting use to it knowing exactly when it hits bottom so you can play out line after that to position the boat exactly the way you want it. Naturally since I have a fence and no room for mounting this on the floor anywhere - I built a couple of stands for mine, so the line would feed directly down over the rail but it works just fine that way. It sure beats getting up and running forward or aft to toss an anchor out and same thing getting them back up. The gearing has no trouble pulling the 25lb anchors up. Personally though, I would love it if it did have a free-fall mechanism. I also have it setup on a separate battery so I don't worry about draining my starting or trolling motor battery down, when I troll from one spot to another. Only used it in two outings so far and no battery problems even though it seems to have more current draw than a trolling motor. The switch mounts could have used more material as its real easy to bust the corners of them when you screw it down - so be careful torqueing the screws.
I think though it'll last me several seasons and save my back as it already has several times.
Oh and another note: I bought these 2 units separately online. First one arrived and I promptly opened it. Didn't know anything was wrong until I saw blood dropping into the package. That's when I found out the bottom of the unit (plastic top bottom edge) was broken from shipping (and it cut my hand picking it up). I called the 800 number and I had a replacement the next day with a packing label for returning the broken unit (cosmetic, but nonetheless broken), so excellent customer service.
March 4, 2008