I often hear kayak anglers talking about anchor lines and lines for drift socks and stake out anchors. Down here in Texas, for some unknown reason, people like to rig anchor trolleys around their kayak. I hate having any extra rope around the edge of my kayak especially up front where my topwater plugs can get hooked up in the rope. And I have never ever wanted to anchor facing into the wind to fish. And with a trolley, each anchor has to have its own line to attach to the trolley. Too much hassle and mess for this old boy.
So I came up with a 4 point anchor system that I can use with all my anchors (Manta, stake-out stick, drift sock) and it has all the lines included and out of the way.
I put 2 small rope cleats on each side of the kayak. The front cleat is just behind the side handles. The rear cleat is set back as far as I can easily reach next to the tankwell. I take a 100' of small diameter nylon rope and cut it into 2 50' lengths. I attach one 50' rope to each of the forward cleats and then wrap the line around the back and front cleats until it is all on the cleats. I tie a small carbiner or quick-clip on the end of each anchor line.
Now when I need to anchor, I can attach whichever tool I need to the whichever side I want. I let out as much line as I need. And I can tie off the front cleat for a sidesaddle approach or off the rear cleat for a downwind angled approach. I have yet to find a situation where the system didn't work. If I need to anchor in deep water I have plenty of line on each side. And if for any reason, we need some rope while out on the water, I have some with me.
The real beauty of this system is it minimizes the rope mess in the floor of your kayak. And the anchor lines are always on the boat.