Sea Anchor ( Drift Sock )

Hello all, I'm curious to know where on your boat do you attach your Sea Anchor while drift fishing. I always attach it to the Skippers side of the boat about mid-ship so the boat drifts sideways causing more drag to help slow the boat down and also allows you to fish comfortably out the back. Does anyone attach their Sea Anchor to the rear or any other area of the boat and for what reasons?

Cheers Kev

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I put mine on the rear

Tue, 2008-05-13 18:59

I put mine on the rear skippers side.


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Tue, 2008-05-13 19:00

I use a briddle rope system with my sea drogue, one end to the middle (mid ship) and the other to the bow cleat. That works well especially when the boat, wind & waves move the boat around!


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on the side

Tue, 2008-05-13 19:48

i have found if you have a canopy the best place is on the skippers side mid ship. if you put it on the back the wind catches in the canopy and pushes you along faster. out the back is great on a calm day if we ever get one 

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Bow quarter as well.   1985

Tue, 2008-05-13 20:31

Bow quarter as well.


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I tend to put it at the

Tue, 2008-05-13 21:11

I tend to put it at the stern, however I let approx 8 - 10m of V line out. Doing this helps the slow down of the boat and prevents the second wave from splashing into the back of the boat in roughish weather. Also gives Port/ Starboard fishing room.


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Starboard Bow Rail (forward quarter)

Tue, 2008-05-13 21:48

Just by habit I know the angles when setting up the drift. I also turn the helm to starbaord, which pushes the stern around so the drift is more square to the sea. Helps slow the drift and widen the fishing space, so less tangles. 


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Interesting Read

Wed, 2008-05-14 07:52

It's interesting that there are different preferred positions - I've tried stern mounted, side mounted and quarter forward mounted with a bridle as mentioned. I've found I get the slowest drift for conditions by deploying it off the bow cruciform bollard.  To retrieve it, I just come up on it slowly until there is enough slack to bow the 3 strand close to the port side and my deckie pulls it in. Was thinking of making a sliding retrieve rope with a thimbled eye splice. Much easier retreiving over the gunnels/transom than the high fordeck of a cuddy cab - and a lot less messy water wise too.




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Drift Anchor

Wed, 2008-05-14 15:38

Thanks for all your comments and suggestions guys I will try swinging it off the rear starboard bollard next time I go out and see if this is a better option.

Cheers Kev