Type of anchor makes a difference
With some types of anchors, the line (OK, lode for those who are into nautical terms) goes around more than a cleat. It is on an automated pully system. Cutting the line would require getting to the front of the boat, leaning over, and cutting the line. With suddenly changing water levels, as happens sometimes in the Susqy where you fish some I think Pilotwingz, by the time you know you’re in trouble, the front of the boat is already underwater and the rest is planing down too. Getting to the line would be near impossible fighting strong current, boat planing down, and the fisherman without a PFD on as so many do when on a bass boat. Further, by that time, cutting the line may or may not be helpful. Current is unpredictable on a submerged boat. The hydrodynamics of boats are designed for boats on top of the surface (which is obvious but worth noting in this situation).
Using a trolling motor, eddying out, wedging on a rock, and any number of other means of holding a spot are MUCH safer than anchoring.
- Big D