The Fishing Nerd

When do you put out the drift sock?

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OK, obviously, when the boat is going too fast.  Question is, how do you decide when that is?

 

This past weekend, spent some time fluking and did pretty well, but Saturday I was in fast moving water with a bit of wind.  In hindsight, I'm thinking that I should have pulled out the drift sock and might have done better.

 

I was catching fish though, so it didn't occur to me.  I usually don't bother with it unless I'm not catching, or if from the jump the boat is just moving way too fast.  I'm thinking that from now on, I should have a cutoff in terms of speed, regardless of whether I'm catching.

 

Do you guys have a rule for when you reach for the sock?

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Not necessarily the speed for me.  If i want to drift/position the boat a certain way in weird conditions (say wind against tide), or I'm fishing an afternoon tide with boat traffic present - i'll deploy the sock. 

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Deploy the sock when you can't hold bottom....obviously....but more importantly change up your tactics for fluke in a fast current or breezy conditions....Jiggin' isn't the only way ya know.

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I usually will deploy if the drift is greater than 1 kt, I generally don't like using a jig more than 4 oz, other rigs I will up the weight but I like a bucktail with fresh meat, blue or sea robin is my 2 favorites, skin side down.  I learned how to do a split tail blue from Joe Shute this winter and can't wait to try it, best I've ever done was a spot fillet with the tail attached hooked on a 4oz minnow bucktail bouncing over some reef balls.

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If I'm having trouble keeping bottom, not catching or just feel I'm drifting too fast over 2kt I'll deploy 

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Not looking to hijack the thread ....I recently bought a drift sock for fluke and like using it. I was wondering if it’s ever used when anchored to stop the boat from swinging over a piece of bottom.    I am thinking Blackfishing?

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