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Old 01-19-2017, 09:36 AM
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Default What setup for drifting?

I am an anchor fisherman,what would be the setup for drifting herring.TU
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Old 01-20-2017, 09:33 AM
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Depends where you fish.............if it's anywhere south of Kingston.....drifting herring is a waste of time............drift bloodworms. I just use a fishfinder rig with a 3-4 ft leader. If I'm north I generally anchor because drifting up there is a pain in the ass with snags.........if I do drift I use the same rig.
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Old 01-20-2017, 09:36 AM
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Pretty easy.

Slider weight set up (with clip on slider or egg sinkers) ... 2'-4' of leader , circle hook , we run hook thru open mouth up out between nose/eye area.

Keep bait from dragging bottom. You can set rod in a holder or hold in hand , to feel the hit

Helps to have a drift sock or trolling motor to control boat & speed.
Try different depth until you start getting bit.




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Old 02-14-2017, 02:22 PM
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Get a fishfinder. If fish are showing below 30' don't bother dropping to that level. At least it never worked for me. I believe the bass come up into warmer water to feed. Probably allows them to move faster and be more effective hunters. After they are full, they drop into the cooler water where they become more lethargic. Drift 12-15 feet and wait for them to rise.

Can't wait to get out there.
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Old 02-17-2017, 09:08 PM
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Get a fishfinder. If fish are showing below 30' don't bother dropping to that level. At least it never worked for me. I believe the bass come up into warmer water to feed. Probably allows them to move faster and be more effective hunters. After they are full, they drop into the cooler water where they become more lethargic. Drift 12-15 feet and wait for them to rise.

Can't wait to get out there.
Temp in the river is the same to top to bottom - maybe a 1/10 0f a degree off. Clarity of water and sun light will determine if there deep or shallow. They hate the sunlight. Caught many fish deep, let the conditions of the river tell you where to fish.
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Old 02-26-2017, 02:45 PM
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Pretty easy.

Slider weight set up (with clip on slider or egg sinkers) ... 2'-4' of leader , circle hook , we run hook thru open mouth up out between nose/eye area.

Keep bait from dragging bottom. You can set rod in a holder or hold in hand , to feel the hit

Helps to have a drift sock or trolling motor to control boat & speed.
Try different depth until you start getting bit.





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Hi Brian, what weight sinkers do you use drifting.
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Old 02-27-2017, 06:02 PM
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Hi Brian, what weight sinkers do you use drifting.
The least amount to keep your line straight down.
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:40 AM
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I use anywhere from 1-4 oz depending on current and how rough it is. Nice calm days I can get away with 1oz.
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Old 03-02-2017, 07:10 PM
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Thanks guys I've never tried drifting for stripers. I'll give it a try.
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Also, drop your line to the bottom till ya feel it hit. Try to keep it 6'' to 12'' off the bottom. Raise and drop your rod tip very often so you can feel it "tick" the bottom. Don't drag the bottom.
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Also, drop your line to the bottom till ya feel it hit. Try to keep it 6'' to 12'' off the bottom. Raise and drop your rod tip very often so you can feel it "tick" the bottom. Don't drag the bottom.
With a 3 foot leader you can have your weight 2' off the bottom and the bait is right where you want it but you don't have to panic every time the bottom bumps up or down
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Also, drop your line to the bottom till ya feel it hit. Try to keep it 6'' to 12'' off the bottom. Raise and drop your rod tip very often so you can feel it "tick" the bottom. Don't drag the bottom.
hey reel force when you drift around the bottom, how much water are you in? do you have shallow water near by? are you using bloods, sands, herring?
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hey reel force when you drift around the bottom, how much water are you in? do you have shallow water near by? are you using bloods, sands, herring?
Up river guys, near Alb ... using Herring is the only way to go.


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As for depth , we let the fish tell us ... sometimes they are down deep in the middle of channel, some time up on the edges or shallower. Caught them drifting in 16' - 45' FOW.

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Another thing i'll add , in crazy conditions wind etc ... we have used up to 8oz (yes, a half pound of weight) . Whatever it takes to keep our bait down.


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Old 03-06-2017, 10:21 AM
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Important note for drift fishermen ... you MUST pay attention to your surroundings !!

From Barges, anchored boats, bridges, submerged jetties, shallows, big floating debris ... it's no joke out there. You must be alert.

Some days you can get a nice drift going and float for miles ... other days you're getting pushed all over from the wind, maybe lots of boat traffic, etc ... it can be a pain sometimes. It's a lot more work than anchoring up.

But I love drifting.



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Old 03-15-2017, 08:31 PM
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Thanks for the info guys. I've never tried drifting for stripers, I'll have to give it a go.
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