Mike Peluso

Growing up in North Dakota I have come to the conclusion the wind will blow almost everyday. During the walleye season we face many different situations. Wind is defiantly the one that causes the most problems. I think I can count on one hand how many times we have had the perfect wind in the last ten years. 

Windsocks are nothing new for the old walleye veterans, but has become a standard ingredient in boating walleyes the past few years. I use boat breaks all the time to keep my bait on the bottom. It can be used in drift situations, or it can slow your boat down while trolling. I carry three different sizes with me at all times. This allows me to adjust my speeds accordingly. A good rule of thumb while drifting is to keep your line at a 45-degree angle.  This is a good rule of thumb to follow while fishing with boat brakes.   If it stays pretty close to that, you are moving at a good speed. When I am unable to keep my line at a 45-degree angle I will adjust to the speed. If the wind is really blowing hard you may need all three! 

When you first purchase your drift sock, most will not come with a rope to attach it to the boat. You will need to fix up a rope for this. I like to use a soft braided rope about a half-inch in diameter. Attach swivel clips on both ends, this will keep it from tangling up. You will need only about 4 or 5 feet of rope for each sock. The soft braided rope is easy to tie and will not scratch or rub the paint off your boat. It is also easier on your hands when pulling the socks back to the boat. If you don’t have a boat break I would definitely recommend getting one. 

When you go to purchase one, always buy the biggest you can get. All breaks have a string at the one end that can be adjusted to change the speeds. Starting off with a big one will always keep you moving slow enough, and if you upgrade to a larger boat you can still use it!  I prefer the ones made by JNB Originals.  They have the most advanced boat brake on the market.  You can locate them on the web at You will also find some other great products on this site!  Look them up and see what you think! 

Until next time, wipe your boat off every time out of the water and keep your head up in the middle of the ice! 

Mike Peluso  

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