Specimen Carp Marker Float
Specimen Carp Marker Float
|Brand:||Premier Floats & Tackle|
Premier Specimen Carp Marker Float.
A robust and highly buoyant carp marker float which has been built with the specimen hunter in mind. An essential addition to any carp anglers tackle.
The integrated vane makes the float clearly visible at long distance.
The float features an extended tube at the base to guard against float damage.
Sizes. No 1 & No 2.
There are numerous marker floats on the market, all of different shapes, sizes and colours. Some appear unnecessarily expensive costing around £7 to £9 each whilst others, equally well made, cost a great deal less, giving good value for money. Which ones you choose is down to your personal preference. The main criteria is that they should be highly visible and buoyant enough to come up to the surface quickly. In its simplest form the float acts as a marker in your chosen swim, allowing accurate ground baiting either by hand, catapult or spodding. It will also give the required accurate casting distance for your baited rig. Some anglers, after obtaining the correct distance, will ’clip up’ while others prefer to mark their line with a sliding stop knot made from thin pole elastic. Never leave your marker float in-situ when actually fishing, it may well spook fish coming into the baited area, it would certainly be a disaster if a hooked fish became entangled with it.
Feature finding is almost as old as angling itself. Many anglers fishing waters such as the Tring reservoir complex were using it to great effect back in the 1950-60’s, when targeting feeding areas for the big roach, bream and tench that were present in the waters. They did not have marker floats but became very adept at ’counting down’ a bomb for depth indications. The skills they acquired for reading the nature of the bottom using mono took a great deal of expertize. Present day innovations and equipment designs have come a long way, certainly making life easier. As an aid to feature finding the marker is invaluable. It gives a visual indication as to the area of a feature as well as allowing the depth to be measured accurately. Besides the float you’ll require a rod of 11ft to 12ft long and capable of casting weights of 2-3ozs(50+gms). There are rods and leads specifically designed for this type of work. The reel should be loaded with 25-30lbs braided main line. The braid, having zero stretch, is the one single factor that will indicate to you whether the bottom is sand, gravel, silt, mud or weed.
Pass the braided main line through the run ring at the top of the boom, then thread a bead onto the line. Now tie your marker float via its bottom swivel to the end of the main line. That’s it! The run rig boom like other products can be obtained commercially, but can be pricy so many anglers make their own. Take a 12 inch(30cms) length of braid. On one end tie a large ring or a No.4 round eye rolling swivel and on the other end tie a quick change connector ,this connects to the weight. The rig boom ensures that the float is kept away from the bottom and weed when dragging the weight. It saves damaging the float and also stop the run ring from blocking up with weed.
When visiting a new venue or trying a new swim find your features in an organised way. Have a note book with you and jot down the information gathered, it will be useful to you and your friends on subsequent visits. Make a note of different features on the far bank such as bushes, trees, poles or other permanent markers, Start from one side of your swim, working round in a large arc using the far bank markers as references. After casting and when the weight is on the bottom, hold the rod at right angles and tighten the line down to the weight. Pull the rod tip back 2-3ft(1 metre) in one steady motion. The braided line being non stretch will transmit every vibration the weight makes back to the rod tip. With practice you will soon be able to read the different vibrations, quickly learning the various types of bottom over which the weight is being dragged.
ROD TIP VIBRATIONS.
Small violent bouncing movements. You are pulling across gravel. Smooth, easy and no sticking. This is likely to be a sandy or a clay bottom. Gets harder and harder. You have pulled into a weed bed. Smooth yet ’stodgy’. Most certainly you are over silt. Locks suddenly. Snagged on a ledge or obstruction, try jerking it may come loose.
FINDING THE DEPTH.
Once a feature of your choice has been located, tighten the line to the weight, loosen the spool clutch and pull line off a foot at a time. This can be done more accurately if the butt of the rod is marked in one foot(30cm) or six inch(15cm) increments. Count off the number of ‘pulls’ off the reel and when the float appears on the surface you have the depth. Double check by reversing the process. Don’t forget to mark the distance of the feature. Once done you can now cast around to see how large the feature area is.