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Thursday, 21 March 2013 17:58

Windy Day Help

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This year it seems every time I plan a trip, the wind is a major factor. I have been beaten up all over the Southeast with everything from steady breezes to gale force winds. I wanted to take a second to show a handy tool to have on windy days that people may not always think about for the kayak.

The drift chute can be used to slow your kayak on a windy day, or to control the angle of your drift, much like a rudder. It can be rigged off an anchor trolley or secured to a place that will give the optimum angle for your drift. This will allow you to work bait or a lure in the zone at your pace or angle, instead of the conditions dictating it for you.

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This particular model drift chute has a float in the upper part of the hoop and a small amount of weight in the bottom to keep it from spinning in the water. There is an opening in the bottom that allows water to escape as you pull it back into the kayak. It takes a few seconds to empty as you raise it out of the water, but weighs only a few pounds after it drains.

drift chute

Drift chutes are a pretty inexpensive; this one was $25.99 at Austin Kayak. It is a handy tool to use on those days when a drag chain or anchor is not the best option, like while floating large lakes or saltwater bays and flats. Not as handy as a calm day, but sometimes you just have to forget the wind and fish.

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Chris Funk

Chris Funk is an avid outdoorsman and rabid photographer. He tells folks his life revolves around 6 "F"s, his Faith,Family,Fur,Fins,Feathers and Fotography. He paddles all over the Southeast with his bride Angie and son Ethan. They fish for any critter that will tighten a line and it doesn't matter if it is with conventional gear, fly gear or bowfishing gear. He and his son are on the Jackson kayak fishing team and the whole family helps with an awesome group called Paddle4Tomorrow that gets people with special needs out for a day of paddling.


+2 # fishnhound 2013-03-22 11:55
Nice write up. Drift anchors are a must around here on bigger reservoirs. The wind can really throw off your day if your not prepared.
# Krautdog 2013-09-10 19:40
I've been using line on my fishing boat for a while now. It's worth every penny. I have to get one for my yak now. The best part is it doesn't weigh anything!

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