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   Old Thread  #25 4 Jul 2020 at 10.56am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'd not venture anywhere unfamiliar without a marker personally as I feel it's a great way of finding the all important features which will give you an idea of what you are dealing with and how then to approach presenting a bait.
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   Old Thread  #24 2 Jul 2020 at 2.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I've been known to use 2. One to find an interesting spot and then another to check around it for depth changes etc.

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   Old Thread  #23 1 Jul 2020 at 5.31pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I still use a marker rod on new waters to help get an idea of whatís out there, find it such a massively useful tool sadly had someone shouting at me across the water for using it yesterday, only the 6th cast as well 😂 guess they arenít everyoneís cup of tea......
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   Old Thread  #22 1 Jul 2020 at 4.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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On a new lake or in a new swim yes, but I have to say it's rare as I tend to spend a reasonable time on the waters I fish, usually years. They're not big fish waters but where I enjoy to be.
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   Old Thread  #21 1 Jul 2020 at 3.40pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Absolutely agree with everything said in this post. I too fish a very weedy lake and find it invaluable, as clear spots change from day to day.
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   Old Thread  #20 30 Jun 2020 at 12.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I still use a marker if I'm at a new water or a new swim. I usually just lead around at first then attach the marker float once I've found something. People say if can spook the fish but of course only if they are there at the time.
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   Old Thread  #19 30 Jun 2020 at 10.49am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I just use one rod for both.

Start with just a bare lead find a spot (and if new lake/swim explore size of spot etc), then use marker to under stand depths. They will use as a marker to bait up with stick or to go out in boat and bait to it.

Once fishing I will change it over to a spomb for baiting.
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   Old Thread  #18 29 Jun 2020 at 1.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Nope, one application, (Spod) rod for everything....lead about, find a spot, clip up, change to Spomb. Also use the same for the Deeper if necessary, (usually winter).
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   Old Thread  #17 29 Jun 2020 at 11.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Absolutely every time and always will as you need to know how deep it is and what the bottom is like.
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   Old Thread  #16 29 Jun 2020 at 9.19am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Use a marker rod religiously on most waters. By the time youíve leased about for a drop itís no different, I generally find the spot without the float then just clip it on and pop it up. More for baiting accurately than anything, particularly when using a catapult, you can quiet often spread bait long and short without ever knowing Iíd rather make the disturbance and get it bang on than sit behind rods wondering. Works well enough for me fishing very low stock pressured waters.
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   Old Thread  #15 28 Jun 2020 at 2.20pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I also like to use a marker rod to get more acerate baiting up. More so fishing in open water. That's if I'm fishing a bigish lake. I'll use a marker to bait up and find a spot.when I 1st get there. Then when I recast for the night and so on
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   Old Thread  #14 27 Jun 2020 at 6.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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It depends for me on the water.
On Brackens every day I put the marker out and baited up to it with PVA stringers. Spots on the gravel bar could get covered in weed, and it changed from day to day. I regularly had takes within a few minutes of baiting up to it, then reeling it in. I have even had takes before being able to reel it in.

Another lake, just leading was no good, the weed was so bad, unless you were lucky enough to cast directly into the clear spot you would not get a drop. The marker float at least indicated where they were.

On the reservoir I will usually find the old stream bed in the North End as that is a definite fishy feature. While leading around will give you a rough depth if you count it down, there can be other spots you could not be able to get a distance on without the float, unless you leaded, found the feature, clipped up, did your wraps. With the float you can check depths from the point of impact to the point you lift it out at the rod tip, and then you can cast to it.
It also gives you an aiming point for spodding, or sticking bait out, and then putting your fishing rods on it.

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   Old Thread  #13 27 Jun 2020 at 6.06pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Use it as a sighter and range marker when using a throwing stick and for adjusting the wraps needed to allow for wind bows when spodding. Don't know anything else that will work for this.
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   Old Thread  #12 27 Jun 2020 at 5.56pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I still use one on a new water, eventually I might get a deeper.
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   Old Thread  #11 27 Jun 2020 at 5.29pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If it's raining that hard the dip@@ot would be cowering in his bivvy.😄
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