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Sep 12, 2021 12:54:30   #
Bert1949 Loc: Wagoner, Oklahoma
 
I have a 17 foot 2014 bass tracker. Great little fishing boat, but one major problem. It is so light it is a real pain when trolling with electric in the wind. Yesterday I tried dragging a light weight anchor with flukes closed, didn’t work! Any suggestions on how to control the back end of the boat? It’s all over the place even in a fairly light breeze.

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Sep 12, 2021 13:08:46   #
Shutupandfish Loc: Columbia River
 
Drift sock,
https://www.amazon.com/boat-drift-socks/s?k=boat+drift+socks

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Sep 12, 2021 13:12:05   #
Harris T. Fudpucker Loc: Lafayette, Louisiana
 
Welcome to the stage! If you do not have the motor in the water, do it. Much like dragging a chain, the heavy part will be in the very back. BTW your boat is not considered 'light'. Maybe the trolling motor is not pulling the boat as it should. Battery? Smaller wire, not giving enough amps for the motor?

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Sep 12, 2021 14:06:33   #
Moscooter Loc: Sunset Beach, N.C.
 
You are correct that it doesn't take much wind to move it around. Of course as mentioned, you do want to have the gas motor down to help out.

I've got an older model of the same boat. I made a bracket for the transom that enables me to (manually) insert a long pole (about 11 or 12 feet as I recall without going to garage to look). That works just as a "power pole" but you have to be in about less than 4' or so to have it work.

I also have a similar pole mounted to my trolling motor that does a (power pole) thing for the front. But same deal, you have to be in fairly shallow water and wanting to remain in one spot for a while.

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Sep 12, 2021 16:32:35   #
plumbob Loc: New Windsor Maryland
 
Depending on where Bert is fishing some places are electric only and the gas motor has to stay out of the water.

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Sep 12, 2021 17:46:41   #
Fredfish Loc: Prospect CT.
 
Bert1949 wrote:
I have a 17 foot 2014 bass tracker. Great little fishing boat, but one major problem. It is so light it is a real pain when trolling with electric in the wind. Yesterday I tried dragging a light weight anchor with flukes closed, didn’t work! Any suggestions on how to control the back end of the boat? It’s all over the place even in a fairly light breeze.


PowerPole in shallow water, if you stop to fish, if not they have blades that mount to a partially deployed power pole. If you're always moving, a drift sock is cheaper.

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Sep 12, 2021 19:03:49   #
plumbob Loc: New Windsor Maryland
 
Fredfish wrote:
PowerPole in shallow water, if you stop to fish, if not they have blades that mount to a partially deployed power pole. If you're always moving, a drift sock is cheaper.


This is the 2nd time i have seen drift sock mentioned. I learn something new today.

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Sep 12, 2021 19:21:12   #
Fredfish Loc: Prospect CT.
 
plumbob wrote:
This is the 2nd time i have seen drift sock mentioned. I learn something new today.


Used to use one drifting along Long Sand Shoal for Fluke. When the wind was against the tide it would mess up your drift. The sock or sea anchor, would keep you drifting with the tide.

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Sep 12, 2021 19:29:51   #
plumbob Loc: New Windsor Maryland
 
Fredfish wrote:
Used to use one drifting along Long Sand Shoal for Fluke. When the wind was against the tide it would mess up your drift. The sock or sea anchor, would keep you drifting with the tide.


Sounds like a good idea i guess size of the craft matters which size sock to use.

I taught my host how to drift fish in his pontoon boat the day i went out with him last week. He is a once a year fisher with his kids when they would go down to NC.

At days end he says he has got to do that again. Warned him conditions aren't always ideal for drifting but by all means take advantage of it when you can.

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Sep 12, 2021 19:30:01   #
Shutupandfish Loc: Columbia River
 
Fredfish wrote:
Used to use one drifting along Long Sand Shoal for Fluke. When the wind was against the tide it would mess up your drift. The sock or sea anchor, would keep you drifting with the tide.


Use a lot in the Columbia, wind in the gorge vs the current while anchored trying to backbounce, plus keeps nice tension an anchor sometimes one off each stern corner. Not very long lead needed so doesn’t get in the way of fishing as much might think. Can easily pull up if needed for landing fish. Some,people use just to “slow the troll”

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Sep 12, 2021 22:39:11   #
Shutupandfish Loc: Columbia River
 
https://fishingblueprint.com/drift-sock-basics-what-it-is-how-to-use-it/

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Sep 13, 2021 06:38:16   #
plumbob Loc: New Windsor Maryland
 
Shutupandfish wrote:
https://fishingblueprint.com/drift-sock-basics-what-it-is-how-to-use-it/


Good read Shut thanks for the site. Don't know about that spackle bucket idea. Maybe in an emergency, i think it would sink.

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Sep 13, 2021 07:53:04   #
Grizzly 17 Loc: South central Pa
 
Fredfish wrote:
Used to use one drifting along Long Sand Shoal for Fluke. When the wind was against the tide it would mess up your drift. The sock or sea anchor, would keep you drifting with the tide.


Fred am I right in thinking a drift sock isn't of much use fishing a river

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Sep 13, 2021 08:40:23   #
Shutupandfish Loc: Columbia River
 
Grizzly 17 wrote:
Fred am I right in thinking a drift sock isn't of much use fishing a river


I use one in a river a lot when anchoring and wind is swinging boat, drift sock on the back let’s the current keep it straight

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Sep 13, 2021 09:20:51   #
Jarheadfishnfool Loc: Tulare, Ca.
 
Shutupandfish wrote:
I use one in a river a lot when anchoring and wind is swinging boat, drift sock on the back let’s the current keep it straight


I use 1 for drift fishing current in the Ocean works well on 23' boat.

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