Photo/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

When drifting for fluke, winter flounder, stripers or sea bass, a slow drift is preferred. However, the wind often has something to say about that.

A simple solution is using a sea anchor to slow the drift. You can get all fancy and buy a nylon sea anchor, or drogue, but small-boaters need look no further than the nearest 5-gallon bucket.


Tie one end of a long line to a midships cleat and the other end to the bucket then let it drag behind the boat. If the wind is really strong, deploy 2 buckets—one off the bow and one off the stern. Not only will this slow your drift, it will keep the boat parallel to the seas, allowing several anglers to fish off the upwind side of the boat.

You can tie off directly to the bucket handle, but I like to fashion a sturdy bridle to my poor-man’s sea anchor by drilling 2 holes on opposite sides of the rim, threading a 2’-long section of line through the holes and knotting the ends.

Oh, and remember that sea anchors only work when wind is a factor; they won’t help you in a swift current.


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