How to use a marker float

This sim­ple item is vi­tal in dis­cov­er­ing swim depth and the na­ture of the lakebed

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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!

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