Windsocks are a must!
up in North Dakota I have come to the conclusion the wind will
blow almost everyday. During the walleye season we face
many different situations. Wind is definitely one that causes
the most problems. I think I can count on one hand how many
times we have had the perfect wind in the last ten years.
Windsocks are nothing new for the old walleye veterans, but
have become a standard ingredient for walleye anglers the past
few years. I use boat breaks all the time to help keep my bait
on the bottom. It can be used
in drift situations, or it can slow your boat down while
trolling. I carry three different sizes with me at all times.
This allows me to adjust my speeds according to the wind
speeds. A good rule of thumb while drifting is to keep
your line at a 45-degree angle. If it stays pretty
close, you are moving at a good speed. When I am unable to
keep my line at a 45-degree
angle, I try to adjust. If the wind is really blowing hard you
may need all three to keep the right speed! When you
first purchase your drift sock, some will not come with a rope
to attach it to the boat. You will need to fix one up for
this. I like to use a soft braided type about a
half-inch in diameter. Attach swivel clips on both ends.
This will keep it from tangling up and work well while
attaching to the cleats of your boat. You will need only about
3 or 4 feet of rope for each sock. The soft braided rope is
easy to tie and will not scratch or rub the paint off your
boat. It is also easier on your hands when pulling the socks
back in. If you don't have a drift bag, I would definitely
recommend getting one. Most breaks have a string at the narrow
end to change the speeds. Closing the string and opening
it can make the slightest difference to help catch more
walleyes. Starting off with a big
drift bag will always keep you moving slow enough, and if you
upgrade to a larger boat you can still use it! I prefer
the ones made by JNB Originals.
have the most advanced boat brake on the market. Joe and
Nancy Beech have spent many hours designing the perfect drift
bag. You can locate them on the web at www.driftbag.com
you will also find some other great products they have on this
site! Look them up and see what you think! Until
next time, wipe your boat off every time out of the water and
keep your head up in the middle of the ice!
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