Drift socks or buckets

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by dinkbuster1, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    has anyone used a small bucket, like say a 3 gallon one, drilled with holes instead of driftsocks? when i river fish in my small boat sometimes the wind blowing towards me is stronger than the current holding me in place. i have had a heck of a time dealing with wind lately and looked into the drift socks but i couldnt see myself forking over $50+ dollars for one seeing how little i boat fish each year. i thought i had seen someone before using a small bucket or a 5 gallon. if so anyone have any tips on making one and/or pics?
     
  2. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    Mike,

    I've witnessed it 1st hand on Docs boat. I am going to them on my boat this year. Docs uses two 5 gallon buckets. Check out Docs website, he has a whole section on this.
     

  3. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    docs site is on the same server as the other site, so it's down as well.
     
  4. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    ive seen his site before and i thought it was "hookedoncatfishing.com". i just tried it but it came back "no site found". is that his site?
     
  5. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    oops didnt see your post jack, sorry:D
     
  6. Doctor

    Doctor Member

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    dinkbuster1,

    Yes the buckets work real well on my boat, I have 2 of them used to use one but have better control of the boat when the wind is above 15mph, I just used old castnet ropes and drilled the holes in the bottom of the bucket so that the current will pass thru, used D rings to clip them on the back of the boat, I like the buckets better because they won't catch debris like the socks do and a cat won't get tangled up in the bucket like he could in a sock.........Doc
     
  7. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    thanks Doc, gonna make some tomorrow. my small boat should only need one where i fish. plan on going for a little while tomorrow evening or thursday and i'll let you know how they work.
     
  8. Boogan1

    Boogan1 New Member

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    I was also curious about this, how much rope do you let out between the boat and the bucket? Or do they hook right on the back? I have an 18' bass boat, will I need one or two buckets? Thanks, Boog
     
  9. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Dinkbuster I use them all the time on the pontoon boat. They work well in light winds to keep it tight against the anchor. I also have a drift sock a good friend gave me that I toss out if it's a bit windier than the buckets can handle. I think they're great for what they're intended.
     
  10. Catfishhunter

    Catfishhunter New Member

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    Dink, The buckets work great if you have a good bit of current. The driftsock works better if there is not a lot of current. I only use the driftsock if I have to.
     
  11. gadzooks

    gadzooks New Member

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    Look around. You can find drift socks cheaper than $50. Mine cost all of $9, its for boats up to 14 ft long (fish out of a kayak), but the next size up was only a couple of dollars more.