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01-15-2016, 10:44 PM
I've got an 18 1/2' Ranger. Just bought a 30" wind sock. The ones that uses a wind sock,is this one I bought big enough and is one enough or do I need two. Next question how do I used one,do I put it out behind the motor or off the side. Never have used one and I am planning a trip to Lake Talquin .

01-16-2016, 07:50 AM
I believe you went too small. However, if you get a second one, you could successfully slow your drift with one on the bow and one on the stern. Whenever choosing a wind sock, always go with the next size up (or two) from the suggested specifications for that sock. With a single sock, I prefer a bow mount. But that would depend, of course, on where your rods are mounted and what you are trying to achieve.

01-16-2016, 01:53 PM
If your spider rigging put them off the stern. Get 2 60" or larger. With small socks on that big a boat your going to be disappointed. If just slight breeze one big one usually will work butt when the wind gets up you will want 2. Right now cabelas has their good ones on sale.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/cabela-s-advanced-anglers-trade-drift-sock/700074.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3D searchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProduc ts%26Ntt%3Ddrift%252Bsock%26x%3D10%26y%3D6%26WTz_l %3DHeader%253BSearch-All%252BProducts&Ntt=drift+sock

http://www.cabelas.com/product/cabela-s-advanced-anglers-8482-pro-series-drift-sock/1801756.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3D searchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProduc ts%26Ntt%3Ddrift%252Bsock%26x%3D10%26y%3D6%26WTz_l %3DHeader%253BSearch-All%252BProducts&Ntt=drift+sock

First link is good sock up to 56" second is their pro series 66" and you could get the monster 77" but it would have to be back ordered.

I run one 66 on 17 ft boat and have to 42" I use at times.

01-16-2016, 07:15 PM
Amish Outfitters has nice large socks.

02-14-2016, 01:57 PM
I just bought a 54 inch lindy for 31 bucks off amazon. Looks to be good quality

dave the wave
02-14-2016, 02:05 PM
I hope ya'll mean a drift sock because a wind sock goes on the end of a runway so small planes know witch way the ground wind is blowing. Can't see a plane landing on a Ranger, but maybe some of these houseboats on Cumberland

02-14-2016, 04:15 PM
I have a SeaArk 240 and run at least one 66 and sometimes 2. I don't think you have enough to slow you down like you want to. I run mine off the back behind the motor. Hope this helps.

02-14-2016, 05:47 PM
I just bought a 54 inch lindy for 31 bucks off amazon. Looks to be good quality

That's a good deal. Those Lindys are good socks.

02-14-2016, 06:15 PM
I did order the 54"also since everyone told me the other one to small. Now with the both of them hope they will work.

02-14-2016, 06:21 PM
I'm glad I could set yall on a good deal

02-14-2016, 07:29 PM
I have thought about getting one for my 17 basstracker. I was just wondering how much they scared the fish?

02-15-2016, 08:21 AM
As long as you're not dragging lures behind the boat there shouldn't be a problem.

Joey Clark
02-15-2016, 08:29 AM
I have fished in as shallow as 4 fow pulling a drift sock behind me was able to catch fish.

cajun fryer
02-15-2016, 03:57 PM
Be careful if you fish when its cold. Wiskers had a friend slip and fall in the lake because some water would spill out of the sock onto the deck and it froze.
Good thing they saw him in the water and helped him out.

02-15-2016, 04:09 PM
Has anyone ever used plastic buckets instead? I saw a video on youtube that mentioned that.

wannabe fisherman
02-15-2016, 05:28 PM
Has anyone ever used plastic buckets instead? I saw a video on youtube that mentioned that.

I haven't but know it's done, drill a few holes in the bottom if it slows you down too much drill more holes

Joey Clark
02-15-2016, 05:47 PM
We use to use a bucket had problems with it sinking. So we took a pool noodle around half of the lip of the bucket and that helped.

02-15-2016, 06:43 PM
Has anyone ever used plastic buckets instead? I saw a video on youtube that mentioned that.
Take your bucket, use a hole saw, cut about a 2 in hole in the middle of the bottom, then abut 5 1in hole around the outside. Take the handle off and bore about a 1/2 in hole just below the lip. Run a 3-4 got piece of rope through it and tie knot, then take side away from knot and pull it out and tie a overhand not to form a loop in the one piece of line. That gives you a point for attaching a clip. Run ta 8-10 ft behind boat. Make 2 one for each side they work good just storage is issue.

02-15-2016, 11:16 PM
Hey Dave the Wave are u getting to fish any.

Tom 513
02-16-2016, 07:11 AM
I fish from a Bass Tracker pt175 (17.7ft aluminum) I use 2 buckets when its breezy and a 54" drift sock when its 10mph+, I've never had any trouble with the buckets sinking though. Also I will endorse Amish outfitters socks too, I saw them this weekend at a show, they were well built and reasonably priced

van the man
02-16-2016, 10:03 AM
I keep 2 in my boat, a medium and large, using one or both depending. I tie them off of the rear cleats . Easier to pull up when moving. Some guys put them off the transom tie downs.

cajun fryer
02-16-2016, 04:39 PM

Wind?? No problem.