Build A Drift Sock

Discussion in 'Misc Fishing Tackle Talk' started by MealsOnReels, May 16, 2006.

  1. MealsOnReels

    MealsOnReels New Member

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    Home Made Drift Sock

    Was drifting across the lake one day and realized I was moving faster than I wanted.
    Deceided that I needed a drift sock but didn't know if I would use it enough or if it would just be another item laying around the bottom of the boat. I didn't know anyone that used one to let me test it , so I thought, why not make one to see if I really needed it. How hard could it be it 's only a cloth funnel? If it worked I would go out and buy a good one.

    Well long story short, I made a couple of these Two Years ago and they work so well that I never did go buy a "real" one.

    For the material I went to the hardware store and got a plastic tarp, nylon reinforced with metal grommets. Cost about 3 bucks at Martmart.
    Fold in half and cut off the corners.
    Now for the only hard part.
    Get your wife, girlfriend, mother or anyone that can opperate a sewing machine to stitch both sides leaving the top and bottom ends open.
    In my case my wife did this for me as I am not allowed near her sewing machine.
    I did have to take her out to dinner for this.
    OK, I never said drift socks are cheap.
    She just used regular thread and double stiched it. I thought it might split out or rot but mine is still tight after two years. If it ever does I'll just re-sew it and and get cleaned up to go out for dinner.
    I added extra grommets around the opening.
    I also add about two ounces of weight to one side of the opening, to help it fill when it is put in the water.
    Add rope and go fish!
    Meals On Reels
     

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  2. rcneman

    rcneman New Member

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    nice post. i've been thinkin about trying some sort of drift sock, myself.
    good info.

    cyas
    rc
     

  3. LarryW

    LarryW New Member

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    Good post and I will try it. What size tarp did you use?
     
  4. Cattracker16

    Cattracker16 New Member

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    good post this should be one for the archives..
     
  5. cook

    cook New Member

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    Thanks for the post.

    Could you also just cut a hole in the bottom of a 5 gallon plastic bucket and tie a rope to the handle??Should work methinks.
     
  6. MealsOnReels

    MealsOnReels New Member

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    Jon,
    Would probably work depending on the size of the boat. I have a 22'
    Bayliner and a 5 gallon bucket would help some but I am sure not enough.
    Also seems there is never enough room and with a sock you can just fold, roll or wad it up and store.
    Wife folds, I wad.
    The size tarp I used was a 6x8 but they come in all sizes.

    MealsOnReels
     
  7. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Good post ! I was thinking obout trying to build one myself because the two I have dont slow the boat down enough when its windy. Thank You. Bigcatman0816.
     
  8. MealsOnReels

    MealsOnReels New Member

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    Last Saturday was one of the windiest days that I have fished.
    It was the first time that I used two of these drift socks and they both
    worked great. We still drifted a little faster than I wanted but managed to
    pick up five cats about 4 lbs each.
    Without a drift sock the only other option would of been to use the
    anchor.