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Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by badagirton, Jul 27, 2006.
whats drifting never done it aint quite sure i know what it is
It's fishin' while the boat is drifting across the lake or down the river. It can be with a float (Bobber) or without.
You try to control your drift to less than 2 mph.... if the wind or current is taking you faster than that you might want to pull a sock, a bucket or light anchor. Its a way to find the fish with out looking for them.:smile2:
I control the boat. Keep it at the speed that I need it to be to fish. I use the trolling motor as most of the time I fish the river.
Also I'm not drifting to find fish. I drift to catch fish. And when your catching them I run back up river ( Not over the hole) and drift through again. Theres lots of times we will catch 10+ fish per drift.
When you drift on the river do you go down or up strem? A friend and I tried both and had no luck. We where in 4 to 6 feet of water we had 4 differnt baits on at all times.
We drifting on the river do you go down strem or up? A friend and I tried both and had no luck lastweekend. We had 4 differnt paits out at all times and where in 4 to 6 feet of water most of the time sometimes deeper. Any pointers to help use out would be great.
let the current carry you but control the speed with a trolling motor are drift socks. you want to drift slowly at are under about 2-4 mph
Thanks for the info.
Some of you guys who don't quite understand the concept of drift fishing might want to read through these threads: http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1799
and http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?t=624 for some basic information and how-to. A search of the forum will turn up quite a bit on info, too. Drifting doesn't work on every body of water or in all conditions. It works well in lakes, and a lot of rivers, too. In rivers with current, some people use a trolling motor to hold them into the current at a speed slightly slower than the river current. This allows what I call 'back-drifting', where you periodically raise you rig from the bottom and let the current actually carry it downstream until it settles to the bottom again. I haven't done a lot of this type, but I have drifted on lakes a lot. A drift can be at the mercy of the current or wind, or it can be controlled (my preferred method) with use of drift socks, etc. Slower is usually better. I like to keep my speed below 3/4mph, and in cold water, 1/4mph (or slower) is better.
Some folks drift with sufficient weight to keep the line tight straight down around the boat, but if you're moving very fast, a drift rig such as is pictured in the first link above works well, doesn't hang up much either. Keep your line behind the boat at about a 45 degree angle, just enough weight to keep it on bottom.
Try it and you might like it. Like I said, it doesn't work all the time, but it allows you to cover a lot of bottom. Good Luck!!:smile2: