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Drift speed #12578474
01/14/18 10:22 PM
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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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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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Re: Drift speed [Re: Txmedic033] #12578549
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.5-.8 when it is warm and .3-.5 when colder.


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Re: Drift speed [Re: Txmedic033] #12578664
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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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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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Re: Drift speed [Re: Txmedic033] #12578673
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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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That an interesting thought! I also wonder if you just happened to be in the fish or more active fish?


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Re: Drift speed [Re: Txmedic033] #12579084
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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.


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.5.8 year round for me


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