Drift fishing or bottom bouncing

Discussion in 'Gateway Catfishing Club' started by Mrs Okie, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. Mrs Okie

    Mrs Okie New Member

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    I want to go up above the Melvin Price L&D and do some drift fishing. Any ideas will be appreciated.

    Peace/Phyl
     
  2. slider

    slider New Member

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    never drifted that area mrs okie just up above lock 24

    but i use a 3 way with lighter line on the weight dropper so
    it breaks off eaiser when it gets hung up.

    also i run a float down by the hook to keep
    the bait suspened of the bottom

    later
    slider
     

  3. TN Greg

    TN Greg Member

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    I have spent relatively little time trying it, but I have right through the areas where we were whacking them anchored just to see if I could make it work.

    I couldn't...but, I have to think there is something to it.
     
  4. MoDamselfly

    MoDamselfly New Member

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    I dont know alot about drift fishing, Mal and I did it once or twice at Truman. (Thanks to Gary for letting us borrow is drift sock...It didn't fly out our boat on the hwy! LOL) It takes some practice and getting use to, that's for sure.
    We had better luck bottom bouncing at Ky Lake. We caught a big mess of eating size channel cats in the Barkley canal south of the Damn. That's a nice place to go for a weekend if you want to try some bottom bouncing. You know me... I didnt make any rigs..I just had the poles handed to me. :smile2:

    http://www.kentuckylake.com/map/charts/images/chart4a.htm
     
  5. Mr Okie

    Mr Okie New Member

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    We are looking at drifting some of the flats and channel edges just to cover more water and look for spots that are holding fish. Seems like it would be a good way to run the sonar over a lot of water and fish while doing it.
     
  6. slider

    slider New Member

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    mr and mrs okie are you guys going to use a trolling motor ?
     
  7. FLOAT TRIP WILLIE

    FLOAT TRIP WILLIE Active Member

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    Last yr. Shawn and I did it up at alton dam.. We just ran up to the dam as far as we can go and dropped some line and floated down to the island.. The second time we did it Shawn lost..(let him tell it I lost) a nice blue right at boat side... We kind of stuck to the channel edge.. One would think the current would be stronger but it wasnt
     
  8. FLOAT TRIP WILLIE

    FLOAT TRIP WILLIE Active Member

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    ALSO, keep an eye out for on coming barges.. And make sure your motor will start for you...
     
  9. Mr Okie

    Mr Okie New Member

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    I have one but not sure if I will use it or not. Depends on whether or not I need too...:confused2: :confused2:
     
  10. Mr Okie

    Mr Okie New Member

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    Slider
    How much and what kind of weight do you use?
     
  11. TN Greg

    TN Greg Member

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    I totally agree with you.....in theory. As stlcatman can attest, the long A bomber can work if trolled correctly......by that I mean tipped with spam.
     
  12. Mr Okie

    Mr Okie New Member

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    Yea .. in theory it should work but then according to all the books all you need to do is find a deep hole and throw your bait in and pull catfish out..in theory...:sad2: :sad2:
     
  13. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    The way DougC showed me last week in the MO river was to run the trolling motor pointed upstream (bow upstream) to slow the boat to 1-2mph. Use as light a sinker as you can get away with and keep bouncing it on the bottom to stay in touch with the bottom, taking line in as you cross a hump or letting it out as you cross a deeper hole.

    He caught a fish, I didn't. I just got snagged 3 times.

    In theory it should be a great tactic to cover a lot more territory.

    Without the trolling motor I'd think you'd float too fast to be as effective.

    Let us know how it works, I have been wanting to trey it.

    It's a lot more work than just soaking a hole though.:smile2:
     
  14. slider

    slider New Member

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    it depends on the current you want just enough to keep it on the bottom

    and when you pick it up it will move a foot or so the touch back down
    on the bottom.

    the reason i asked bout the t motor was you want to slow urself down
    in the current, but then again it all depends on the current speed.

    slow current and a south wind i had to use the t motor heading down river.

    another thing about this time of year is they will chase the bait IMO

    im no expert this is just the stuff that ive read and put to use

    good luck

    later
    slider
     
  15. Mr Okie

    Mr Okie New Member

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    Will definitely let you know how it goes. I will come up to Winfield one day and you can teach me all you know about it...:big_smile: :big_smile:
     
  16. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    LOL!!!!!! Okey dokey, all I know so far is to teach you how to get snagged!:smile2:

    Man, you Okies are easy to please.

    Give me a holler and we'll do it. I'll try to get out and practice first.
     
  17. Mr Okie

    Mr Okie New Member

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    So slider what weight do you generally use..1oz - 2oz more or less...we where up in the Alton pool the other week and the current was pretty mild from what I could tell..but I don't know what the current should be anyway...I am from Oklahoma..
     
  18. slider

    slider New Member

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    any where from 1 oz to 5 oz usually, but it a trial and error
    kinda of thing,

    later
    slider
     
  19. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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  20. FREESPOOL

    FREESPOOL New Member

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    I was waiting to lock through mel price a week or so ago, and was drifting up above the dam. With little to no wind, and the gates at the dam damn near closed :smile2:.... I was drifting at a speed of 0.7 to 0.8mph. I caught one dink, and lost a little better one. I watched an older couple catch what looked to be about a 20 lber doing the same thing.... drifting from just below the clark bridge, to just above mel price.

    With my humminbird zoomed in at the bottom, I could actually see my sinker, and the bait below it at about 40'. If I pulled it up 6 inches, you could see it raise 6" on the sonar. Pretty cool. I was putting the bait just off the bottom without "feeling" for it. Amazing how sensitive it actually is. :cool2:
     
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