How to use a marker float
This simple item is vital in discovering swim depth and the nature of the lakebed
VERY few stillwaters have consistently flat, hard bottoms. Weed and silt can hold natural food, while clear spots make it easier to present a rig in clear view of the carp. To find these areas, it’s necessary to use a marker float set-up, which comprises a braided mainline, a highly buoyant float and a heavy lead. To use a marker, line up with a far-bank feature and, once the rig is cast out, wind down until you feel the float hit the lead. Then, slowly moving the rod to the side, draw the lead back towards you. By doing this you will be able to ‘feel’ exactly what the bottom is made up of as the lead bumps over gravel, skips over silt, or gets stuck in a weedbed. The reason for using braid is that it has no stretch, so the feeling transmitted by the lead is amplified through the rod to your hands. To gauge the depth at any point, wind down to the lead, then pull line off the reel, a foot at a time, until the float hits the surface. Make sure you keep count!