What are marker rods?

Marker rods are used for scoping out the water you’re about to fish, and are most often used by anglers who are going to spend two or three (or more) days on an unfamiliar water. … Marker rods not only give you a clear idea of the depth of the water, but also provide a picture of the features of the water bed.

Can you use any rod as a marker rod?

Unless you need to use a marker float at great distances most sturdy rods will work for a marker rod (Though it is advisable even at short range for this rod to be a separate one to that which you are using to fish with).

Do I need a marker float?

At times it is absolutely essential but it’s also possibly the most mis-used and over-used item in a modern carper’s armory. Markers have their place in carp fishing, but too many look at chucking leads and floats around as an essential process, a box that many feel they need to tick before starting to fish.

What test curve should a marker rod be?

Most marker rods are around 4.5lb test curve and can be used as a spod rod too.

Can you SPOD with a normal rod?

An ordinary 2.5lb or 2.75lb test curve rod coupled with a standard free spool reel loaded with 12lb line could just about cope with spodding a small amount of bait short distances, but to get the most from this deadly technique you’ll need a special set-up.

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Can you use a SPOD on a normal rod?

A designated spod or spod/marker rod is needed. … You can, however, use a carp rod with smaller spods and spombs as they weigh less and are perfect for baiting up at shorter ranges with standard carp rods. Always use a shockleader when casting a spod or spomb, again to help reduce the chance of a crack off.

What is a SPOD rod used for?

Spod rods enable you to heavily bait an area of your swim quickly and accurately, using spod (or spomb) rockets. This means they are often the preferred choice of big carp anglers, a spod rod is very powerful, usually with a test curve of at least 3.5lb.

What does a marker float do?

A marker float is your underwater eyes and allows you to ‘see’ the lakebed and choose the exact spot to place your bait. In the beginning markers were really only used as a target when spodding – hence the name – or to find the depth.

How do you keep marker floats from tangling?

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A nylon shock leader or any heavy mono line is used to stop the tangles around the marker float on the cast. A tangle often occurs if no leader is used, because braid is so supple it twists on itself and folds round the marker float. When this happens the float will not rise to the surface.

How do you use a marker?

5 Tips for Using Markers

  1. TIP 1 – FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH DIFFERENT NIBS AND MARKERS.
  2. TIP 2 – GO SLOW.
  3. TIP 3 – TEST COLORS ON A SEPARATE SHEET BEFORE WORKING ON YOUR ART.
  4. TIP 4 – WORK FROM LIGHT TO DARK.
  5. TIP 5 – USE COLORED PENCILS TO FINALIZE DETAILS.
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