Buckets for drifting

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by GMC FishHauler, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. GMC FishHauler

    GMC FishHauler New Member

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    i use two 5-gal buckets for drifting. they were accidentally left with some water in them and froze. This cracked the bottoms. I just tie them on front and back of boat and let the wind push me along.

    Any one else have any "budgeted" tips for drifting?
     
  2. waterwalker

    waterwalker New Member

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    Interesting, may have to try it...thanks for the tip.
     

  3. pythonjohn

    pythonjohn New Member Supporting Member

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    Yea me too Paul .
    It dosen't get any cheaper than that.:lol:
     
  4. gilmafam

    gilmafam Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried a trolling motor to slow the drift... or if the water is shallow enough...... tried dragging a chain on a rope thats way out....

    bayrunner ray
     
  5. GMC FishHauler

    GMC FishHauler New Member

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    trolling motor on the fritz, so cant really use it for that. i been trolling 28-35ft water
     
  6. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    A couple of weeks ago we fished a tournament and planned on anchoring all day. I did not even bring a drift sock. By noon the fishin had been horrible, so we decided to drift. We took a bait bucket, tied it to the anchor rope, and used it to slow us down. :big_smile:

    Thats some redneck engineering there boys!!
     
  7. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Five Gallon Buckets Work Good I use to use them All the time.Only differanceis is that I drilled 1 inch holes in the bottos of the buckets makes them work a little better.JMHO. J.D.:0a26:
     
  8. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    depending on the dirrection of current and wind
    if the wind is blowing against the current but not enough to slow the boat due to the current stand up in the boat or stand your net up and place a throw cushion or two in it .
    if theres no wind drag a chain on a rope behind the boat to slow you down
    if theres no current but wind use the net agian or a make shift sail
    iv also used my cast net as a drift sock by putting a stick in it to prop it open
    iv always got buckets on board aswell
     
  9. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Here's another way to use buckets. Just copied this over from the old BOC site. Doc's Drift Buckets
     
  10. kickin_wing

    kickin_wing New Member

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    Ive used a fish basket with a board in it before and it worked allright.
     
  11. jim

    jim New Member

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    Throw your son overboard,:big_smile: thats why I always took and take my kids fishing.If you need propulsion have him go to the transom and start kicking,much cheaper than a trolling motor and battery and if something happens and they dont work anymore ,you can always make another one that looks just like him!!!!!:smile2: :big_smile: :cool2: :wink: :tounge_out: This method my require some modification in waters with Gators.:big_smile:ps all the previously described methods work to a degree but one 20$ drift sock will do it all, without the hassle.