Markers to Fool Fisherman!
Johnson - Bass Pro Radio.Com
Have you ever
been fishing a big weed bed or mile long shoreline with blown down wood
and catch a big fish and wonder how to find that exact spot again?
You know that if you throw out an orange marker buoy you are going to have
that spot fished by every angler within a four county area. Consider
what we call a trash or camo marker! It is so simple you will wonder
"why didn't I think of that"!
Go around your
house and find some small plastic bottles like aspirin or vitamins might
come in. If you can't find any small bottles, you might try Kevin
Bishops device (Kevin is the 2001 Wal-Mart BFL, Northeast Angler of the
Year) and uses ping pong balls. Next go to your favorite bait store
and by a dozen or so one ounce catfish sinkers. If you have some big
old bolts laying around they will work to. The last ingredient is
some fishing line. This is where that last little bit of line that
you have left on a filler spool will come in handy.
This is not
rocket science! Take about 10 feet of line and tie it to the weight,
and the other end to the bottle. The aspirin bottles are a
little easier to store as you can wrap the line around the neck of the
bottle for storage. I even loop a small rubber band through the
weight and loop the tag end over the neck of the bottle. This keeps
everything from becoming separated during a rough boat ride.
If you like
Kevin's idea, he paints the ping balls black and then uses black
electrical tape to secure the line to the balls. Kevin uses little paper
cups or egg cartons to store his ping pong balls and weights.
Ok, so now you
have these little trash devices! While fishing big expanses of cover
I can unhook the rubber band and throw the weight and bottle a foot or so
off center of where I caught that monster fish. This little piece of trash
will remind me to cast there during that big tournament. To everyone
else, it looks like somebody had such a bad day of fishin' that they used
up all their aspirin and the bottle blew out of their boat. The only
problem is someone just might pick up the trash and wonder how it got
tangled with that catfish weight!! It's better to have someone
pick up some trash then put out a marker beacon for every hawkeyed bass
boat in the state!