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If you ues a drift sock?

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I rigged up a half trolly from the handle by my seat to the stern to use with my drift sock, how long should the cord be that runs to the chute?
I have about 3 ' of 1/4 shock cord on there now,is that enough or should it be longer. it's a 24" chute.

My thought was to keep it as shallow as possible in case I drift over some shallow spots in the bays.
post #2 of 5
There is no set way to use a sock other then not using it backwards just set it up to do what you want .. if the short line is providing you with the desired effect i would say stick with it.
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how does it work? does it just slow down your drift?

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I use about 6' of strap and tie it off so the drift sock is perpendicular to the kayak. I don't use the anchor trolly because the perpendicular configuration slows the kayak the best. I use a clam cleat to tie off in case I want a quick release (I use this same quick release system for the anchor when using the trolly).

A drift sock is used to slow down the drift caused by strong winds. This will slow your drift so that you may cover an area longer or to slow you down enough to drift fish. Different sizes will slow you down based on the area of the sock. Most recommend about 18" to 24" drift sock for a kayak, depending on the windy conditions and how much you want to slow down. You can also use an anchor chain for slowing down your dirft. Just be sure to use one of these in sandy bottom conditons where there are not a lot of snags. Most anchor chains are used in rivers with shallow bottoms.

To use a drift sock, open it, tie it off and release it in the water on the upwind side. The wind will push your boat until the sock engages. I have a small float on mine so in the event of a quick release to fight a fish or something doesn't feel right, I can recover it later. Too long rope will cause potential snags of your fishing line as you fight a fish.

Never use a drift sock in current. A strong current could pull your boat under.

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Edited by gnelson651 - 12/19/11 at 11:54am
post #5 of 5
a drift sock will not sink you in almost any circumstances. it pulls sideways, you'd need a downward pull to sink a kayak. Might give you a little jolt when it tightens up, but if you deploy it so it doesn't get pulled under the kayak it'll just be a little bump.. And it is absolutely useful in current. Two situations.....One, is when you have wind that's blowing in a different direction than the current, you can put out the sock and your drift will be much closer to the direction of the actual current flow. Two, it's not only for slowing your drift, it can be used to speed it up. I like to use lighter jigheads when I'm fluke fishing. Sometimes when the current is fast and the water's deeper, your jig will be drifting faster than the kayak, resulting in your bait getting pushed under and past you and you can't hold bottom. A drift sock will speed the drift of the kayak and allow you to keep a much lighter weight on the bottom.

I could probably think of 5 things I do often that are more dangerous than a drift sock in current.
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