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Drifting Vs. Anchoring

Discussion in 'Fishing Chatter = anything to do with fishing' started by adallas, Jun 20, 2019.


  1. adallas

    adallas Blackbeard
    Fishing Chatter

    So how many of you anchor and how may drift? I primarily drift to cover more water. What are your pro's and con's with both?
     
  2. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member

    drifting will land you a fish and you will drift right past the hot spot, anchoring will keep you over action for a long time.
     
  3. adallas

    adallas Blackbeard
    Fishing Chatter

    Do you drift a spot first to get the bearing to anchor?
     
  4. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member

    depending on if I fished it before, and / or what my display shows, but most of the time I give it a short drift just over the spot. but almost always anchor. i have a windless so dropping anchor is not a problem...
     
  5. mfino242

    mfino242 Pirate in the making

    I always have a hard time anchoring on a spot. Even with a buoy.
     
  6. J Adams

    J Adams Pirate

    We've done both and had pretty good luck with either one. Probably more drifting, even with a windlass.
     
  7. BigOldBear

    BigOldBear Greenhorn

    A wind sock helps with the wind, to slow down a drift.
    It also helps with a slack tide, and slow current to establish a slow drift.
    Probably one of the most forgotten or underrated simple tools.
     
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  8. wantfish

    wantfish Pirate

    Usually drift to cover ground and keep on eye on the screen to find a good spot to anchor.
     
  9. Roadhammer

    Roadhammer Cabin Boy

    I drift fishing for trout. One could drift looking for offshore structure; however, it's inefficient when trying to cover a large amount of area. The only exception I would do would be to drift over large areas of live bottom and holding the spot once encountering fish. However, out in the Gulf where I fish, most live bottom and structure is spotty.

    Even 50 miles offshore I use my anchor lock on my trolling motor. I don't use my anchor.
     
  10. learjet3

    learjet3 Blackbeard

    Do any of the offshore rigs have a version of spot lock like the trolling motor on my inshore has?
     
  11. learjet3

    learjet3 Blackbeard

    I missed the last part in the post above. I meant other than a trolling motor, like an autopilot feature that keeps the boat in one spot.
     
  12. Roadhammer

    Roadhammer Cabin Boy

    Yes, there’s a few outboard engine manufacturers that have similar systems $$. Plus, it might require a minimum of dual outboards.
     
  13. Roadhammer

    Roadhammer Cabin Boy

    Mercury Skyhook, Yamaha Helm Master, Evinrude I Dock.
     
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  14. mak

    mak Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    Those are cool (and extremely expensive I’ll bet). I didn’t know anything like that was available.
     
  15. Roadhammer

    Roadhammer Cabin Boy

    With boats your wallet is the limit. Those systems are pretty neat. I use my riptide offshore and the only limit is when the waves get around 2+ and the trolling motor starts coming out of the water.
     
  16. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member

    I had a rhodan trolling motor on order for my 30ft offshore, I needed to give the order to another member because of my garage fire...

    https://www.rhodanmarine.com/

    I will be reordering it when I'm done renovating the house.

    I was going to have two removable mounts, one for my offshore then swap it out on my inshore...
     
  17. Nautical Gator

    Nautical Gator Forum Captain, Moderator, Peacekeeper Staff Member

  18. Roadhammer

    Roadhammer Cabin Boy

    I love the shaft length options. For offshore go long.
     
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  19. mkyota1

    mkyota1 Sailing Master

    Pretty sure rhodan just anounced a 96" shaft version. That is a beast!
     
  20. mak

    mak Moderator on Deck Staff Member

    Can’t imagine how heavy or reinforced the shaft would have to be on that monster to deal with the flex on one that long with that amount thrust.
     

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