Original post made by Vince Copple(Teamwhiskers) on December 14, 2004 SLOW ER DOWN By TeamWhiskers Willie When cat fishing the rivers sometimes there is a need to cover more area. One technique I use is drifting thru the long holes. I have seen some of the best catmen utilize trolling motors and many times with success in luring in their prize catch. What if your trolling motor goes on the blink or you run out of power? What if you dont have a trolling motor? The solution is simple and inexpensive. I employ a chain and rope. This is not just any ordinary bicycle or motorcycle chain. This is a chain with an attitude. The chain I use came off a big trencher that I found in a junk yard. This 8 foot section of heavy duty roller chain will do the job provided that you didnt forget your rope. The length of chain should weigh around 20 to 25 pounds. Secure a loop of heavy duty wire or cable to one end and tape the end so that it is smooth. This will be the nose end. Attach the anchor rope to the nose and send it overboard. Depending on the current speed and river depth will determine how much rope you will need to let out. I use a 100 foot rope. The chain normally will not snag and will slow the boat to about half of current speed. If the chain does snag (it has only happened to me once) simply fire up the motor and go get it. When using this technique you can either bottom bounce or use a lighter weight and let the bait roll downstream behind the boat. This technique might not be for everybody, but it is something worth a try.