In South Florida, I use a "grapnel" style anchor as a last resort.....good way to scare of Reds and most everything else I'm after.
Through the years I've used several types of stakeout poles- DIY, Wang, Stick-it Pin & the YakAttack
Currently I use the 8' Park-n-Pole
for anchoring & poling the PA12 across the flats, anything deeper than 7' I'll revert to the 3.5lb anchor.
A stakeout pole used in conjunction with a quality anchor trolley is the way to go IMO.Note
- I use a DYI trolley that I've installed on some 10 kayaks of various brands with great results, but there's something to be said about the simple install of the Hobie Pro Angler Anchor Trolley Kit