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#12468743 - 10/17/17 10:22 AM Question regarding Drift Socks
LearnedHat Offline
Angler

Registered: 07/16/03
Posts: 483
Not sure I have ever really used them very successfully. I am think of buying a couple of 56" for a 22 foot bay boat to slow drift in 16MPH southerly wind on Grapevine as I work the dam to Murrell Park on Saturday.

Anybody have any advice on which ones, use tips, etc.?

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#12469009 - 10/17/17 01:11 PM Re: Question regarding Drift Socks [Re: LearnedHat]
Bobby Milam Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 3601
Loc: Arlington
I've only used them briefly. They should have a chart on the packaging to tell you what size for your boat. Get the largest size for your boat and a float wouldn't be a bad idea to attach to it. Lots of youtube videos on them and how to best use them just to float or with your trolling motor also. I just bought one at bass pro and it worked great to assist my trolling motor.

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#12469030 - 10/17/17 01:25 PM Re: Question regarding Drift Socks [Re: LearnedHat]
LearnedHat Offline
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Registered: 07/16/03
Posts: 483
Thanks Bobby. I'll try it. My 22 ZXBay floats high and has a good amount of freeboard so I think I will need something.

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#12469150 - 10/17/17 03:34 PM Re: Question regarding Drift Socks [Re: LearnedHat]
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Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 156
Loc: FWTX
PM sent.

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#12469191 - 10/17/17 04:18 PM Re: Question regarding Drift Socks [Re: LearnedHat]
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Registered: 10/09/01
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Loc: Lubbock, Texas.
I ran a bigger one in back and a smaller one in front to control the amount of drag I was getting. If it equals out, you can get a perfect float with the boat angle w/o too much trolling motor use. Used them on Ray Roberts and Lewisville mostly, but also used them on Fork a couple of times, too. GREAT way to fish a bank or flat. Since you have a bay boat, you might need the 2 bigger ones, do not know, but I was using them on a 206 Champion and it worked great for me with the larger one in the back and the smaller one in the front. I bought mine so long ago they actually came with floats on them. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

Thad Rains
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#12469221 - 10/17/17 04:52 PM Re: Question regarding Drift Socks [Re: LearnedHat]
Fishn_man Offline
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Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 4196
Loc: Allen, Texas
I use one from time to time on my 203 Champion. I usually hook it to the front cleat and it keeps the boat in pretty good position to drift pretty slow. Then I use the TM to adjust as needed.
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#12469234 - 10/17/17 05:07 PM Re: Question regarding Drift Socks [Re: LearnedHat]
John175® Offline
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Registered: 10/21/05
Posts: 69321
Loc: Realville
I have the Minn Kota MKA-27 drift socks. I use a float on the lead and clip it to the boat with cheap aluminum carabiners so that if they snag they will break the carabiner and I can recover it with the float. I mostly use them to fish Texoma rock ledges when the wind is blowing down them.
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