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#12578474 - 01/14/18 04:22 PM Drift speed
Txmedic033 Online   content
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Registered: 08/13/13
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Loc: Longview, Tx
What speed do you like to drift? I prefer to stay just around 0.8 mph when drifting sideways and faster when using planers. I used to drift slower, but like to cover water when drifting and will just anchor if I find concentrated active fish. Your thoughts?

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#12578526 - 01/14/18 04:54 PM Re: Drift speed [Re: Txmedic033]
mjmetro0719 Offline
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Registered: 10/25/02
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Loc: saginaw,tx
For me when water temps are cold I prefer .4 to .5, in warmer water .5 to .7 but I have had success up to 1.2 mph but that’s on very windy days even with two drift socks
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#12578549 - 01/14/18 05:22 PM Re: Drift speed [Re: Txmedic033]
DEWAYNE BULLARD Offline
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Loc: Porter,Texas
.5-.8 when it is warm and .3-.5 when colder.
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#12578664 - 01/14/18 06:48 PM Re: Drift speed [Re: Txmedic033]
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Not that I'm a good knowledge source but my experience mirrors Bullard's. Cold= .3-.5....warm= .5-1.0 Santee. I've played with suspend drifting with great success on these .1-.3 days. I get short struck in cool water if moving very fast. Still learning though.....
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#12578666 - 01/14/18 06:48 PM Re: Drift speed [Re: Txmedic033]
clk Offline
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With the temps we have now I won't drift if I can't stay below .5 and will stay around .3 alot
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#12578673 - 01/14/18 06:54 PM Re: Drift speed [Re: Txmedic033]
Txmedic033 Online   content
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I noticed yesterday that I was drifting at twice the speed of most boats, but I was steadily catching fish so I was curious because I used to drift .3-.5 and it seems like I catch more fish now that I am covering water twice as fast.

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#12578942 - 01/14/18 09:04 PM Re: Drift speed [Re: Txmedic033]
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Loc: Abilene, Texas, Fort Phantom
That an interesting thought! I also wonder if you just happened to be in the fish or more active fish?
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#12579084 - 01/14/18 10:41 PM Re: Drift speed [Re: Txmedic033]
Capt. Michael Littlejohn Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Txmedic033
I noticed yesterday that I was drifting at twice the speed of most boats, but I was steadily catching fish so I was curious because I used to drift .3-.5 and it seems like I catch more fish now that I am covering water twice as fast.


Water temps. Warmer-faster...colder-slower
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#12602827 - 01/30/18 05:59 PM Re: Drift speed [Re: Txmedic033]
ribmaster Offline
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.5.8 year round for me
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