THE EX­PERT’S VIEW

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

TO GET the best from a marker rod, it’s im­por­tant we use a buoy­ant float that will quickly gather line when we are depth-find­ing.

How­ever, the marker float can have as much as 1oz of buoy­ancy, mean­ing that if you are us­ing a 3oz lead you are only ef­fec­tively drag­ging 2oz of lead across the lakebed.

There­fore, I al­ways use a heav­ier lead of at least 4oz, and if I am fish­ing at range I am happy to use 4.5oz to get the dis­tance I need.

I have not been able to dis­cover an ef­fec­tive all-round marker lead, so I use two read­ily avail­able leads for two dif­fer­ent marker sit­u­a­tions.

The first is a 4oz grip­per lead. I use this for fea­ture-find­ing in silt, gravel and clay.

The flat pear pro­file, which has a large, sta­ble foot­print, en­sures the best pos­si­ble feel­ing. The bumps and holes in the lead trap bot­tom de­bris and help me un­der­stand the na­ture of the lakebed. The sec­ond lead is a zip lead, which I use in weed­ier sit­u­a­tions. The shape of this lead means I have a fair chance of clear­ing the lead if it gets smoth­ered in a ball of weed.

Both leads have all their plas­tic coat­ing cut off – this en­sures I get the best pos­si­ble feel­ing through the braided main­line.

Lead­ing around brought this sturdy mir­ror.

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