Catfish Basics #041 – Speed up the Drift -David Magness, B’n’M Poles
Sometimes when the Mississippi River gets high the bottom current will be fairly fast, but the current on top will be slow. That stronger bottom current will carry your weight and bait on down the river and you need to go with it.
My solution is to drop a drift sock off each back corner of the boat. The drift sock will open up with the current that is available and pull me downriver a little faster than without them. If you are bumping and don’t do that, even with a 5- or 6-ounce weight, your bait will fly on you. It will get away from you because the bottom current is a lot faster than the top current. Sometimes the top current can be slim to none.
Rusty Jackson and I won a tournament doing this. We will do what we have to do to follow the bait.