Drifting Speeds

Discussion in 'SOUTH CAROLINA LAKES / RESERVOIRS' started by krowbar, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. krowbar

    krowbar New Member

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    I'm fairly new to drift fishing. Have had more sucess drifting slower than faster I've noticed. Most of the time I let the wind control my speed but when the wind stops I turn to the trolling motor. Any suggestions on what speed to drift or troll at?:cool2:
     
  2. Coloman

    Coloman New Member

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    Try keeping it down to .5 -1.0 mph.
     

  3. Rockin' Blues

    Rockin' Blues New Member

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    We drift around 1 mph.We also use a drift sock to controll the speed as well as the direction.
     
  4. roundhill

    roundhill New Member

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    jason i drift about 95% of the time i like to keep my speed at .05 or less sometime i use as much as 30ft of drift soc when my speed gos past 1mph and i cant get it down i go in becouse the wind has got over 25mph and i dont need to be on the water if you can find me down on santee sometime i whould give you a demonstration anytime.ron howard
     
  5. krowbar

    krowbar New Member

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    Ron, if I see you at Santee I will definitely take you up on that offer. Thanks for the great information. I love this website.
     
  6. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    What Roundhill said; works great for me. I can get by with a little faster speed when the water is warm, but in cold water, slower is definitely better. .5 or less at all times if possible on Santee Cooper.
     
  7. chrisblue

    chrisblue New Member

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    Yep I prefer .3 to .5 too. Like Tommy said, in warm water .6 and .7 is not so bad but not much faster than that.
     
  8. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Yep I prefer .3 to .5 too.

    All right, just have to ask... are you speaking of 3 to 5 MPH or three tenths to one half MPH?
     
  9. chrisblue

    chrisblue New Member

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    :smile2::smile2::smile2: Yeah we like to drift fast here in SC.

    I dont know if your being funny or serious but we're talkin about 0.3 to 0.5 mph.:wink:
     
  10. Patmansc

    Patmansc Well-Known Member

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    Oh man, Chris I thought you tol' me 5mph - no wonder my baits been skippin' behind the boat like I wuz driftin' for marlin :eek:oooh: And at that speed it's real hard to keep them crickets inside the fruit loops :roll_eyes:
     
  11. tennessee blues

    tennessee blues New Member

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    I normally drift at about 1/2 MPH (gauge speed with GPS) and have noticed I either miss fish or get fewer hits when I drift any faster. It is a good idea to have 2-3 different sized drift socks in your boat. Also, letting out more line on your sock will slow your drift. The water temp is dropping quick so the fish will slow down a little. Definitely don't want to drift any faster than .5 MPH.

    Shayne
     
  12. billcatfish

    billcatfish New Member

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    all i can say is i love my drift fishing i just started drifting this year there is nothing like drifting at about .5 to .8 an seeing a big old fish take down the rod an it hits the water then the fun begains trying to get the rod out of the holder while the fish is going up under the boat after you get going on this its hard to go back to ancker fishing