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By LenaLoyd
Can someone explain drift fishing to me please? I'm just not getting concept?
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By karstopo
What is it that you don’t understand? Basically, you fish while you drift. But if you are a web robot or something like that, drift fishing is or is it phishing really might mean something else.
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By Ron Mc
drift fishing is about expansive grass flats, and taking advantage of beating coast wind.
Kars, you're probably right about the bot.

You set a drift sock, run it to the stern using your trolley, sit back easy, and blind-fish downwind.
When you catch fish, you take up your drift sock, paddle back up, and try it again.

here in 16-kt SSW
here is 18-kt NNW

A normal day is crossing the grass flat to the fish-concentrating structure upwind to fish there - always planned around the wind, and best planned with the tide.
Then drift fish the flat to work your way back home.

good places to drift fish on the prevailing wind include Brown&Root and Estes flats, also Outside Beach at Estes.
East Flats just above is killer on a W to NW wind.
In a power boat, you normally just let it windcock so everyone in the boat can fish easy. From South Padre on the prevailing wind, you can set up 10-mi drifts between the grassline and ICW. But normally, if you're not finding fish, you run and try another spot, and when you find fish, run back up and drift again.
This is the west side of Green Island, which has a bit of everything with the nearby flounder hole - east side is too skinny for the power boat, but a great place to mothership a kayak.
Last edited by Ron Mc on Sun Jul 12, 2020 5:16 am, edited 1 time in total.
By stangfisher
I frequently drift fish over the flats. Specifically the areas where there are a large number of "potholes" or areas where depth variation occur. I also frequently drift where I see birds diving into the water. It can be an efficient way to find fish. Once I have a strike or hookup, I drop the anchor and fish that area for about 5-10 minutes fan casting every 10-15 degrees and repeating that a few times. No more hookups or strikes??? Then I continue my drift. Fishing like this allows for a large coverage of area in just a few hours. Fish are usually always moving. So am I. Not all the time, but I can't resist drifting across a flat with a 10, 15, 20mph wind and a drift sock to maximize fishing area. When it's above 15, the 36" sock comes out.
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By Chubs
Pat Murray's book "No-Nonsense Guide to Coastal Fishing" has some great writeups about drift fishing in it.

I learned quite a few new ideas from it and will be applying them. one key, don't just blindly drift, make sure your drift is going to set you up for success. And drift an area that is likely to hold fish, i.e. you still need to look for fish signs.

Oh, and if you want to buy the book, I highly suggest go direct to the source. Amazon prices on books are ridiculous. Fishgame.com (they have a good magazine as well).
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By karstopo
I like drift fishing as there’s not much to do or think about. Wind takes care of the propulsion. Stalking fish up shallow can be very intense. Drift fishing is a break from the intensity.
By Kayak Kid
Take note of Ron Mc's mention of a drift sock. Keep in mind that drift fishing can in some cases be negating one of the principle rules of Gulf Coast kayak fishing.

"When planning on covering a substantial distance, whenever and wherever possible, plan your fishing trip to head up wind to your destination, , in order to have the wind at your back when returning".

Drift fishing can be mesmerisingly enjoyable...,especially if you are catching fish..., and the time and distance traveled can easily creep up on you. The coastal winds usually kick up beyond their morning calms, and, if not paying close attention, can possibly leave you with a 15 k wind to face upon your paddle back to your 'home port'. A properly sized and attached drift sock can halve your drift speed/distance.
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