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Best way to determine water depth

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#1 Mike P

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:10 PM

Do you guys have any tips or strategies for determining the depth of a certain stretch of water? I want to try out deep/slip bobber fishing and was just wondering if you guys had any advice.

#2 Nick with a K

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 02:17 AM

You could tie a weight to a string and guess. Maps, navionics app, or portable fish finder are other more reliable options from shore.

#3 Doc Watson

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:41 AM

Swim that stretch of water. ;)

#4 matt


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 10:46 AM

The castable hummingbird depth finder is pretty good. A Marker Float set up is pretty easy and cheap to make. Cast it out, reel the float tight to the sinker, then pull out one foot increments of line off the reel until the float reaches the surface of the water. Won't be as precise or easy as the hummingbird, but marker floats have worked well for me in the past. If carp fishing, you can also use the marker float as a target for accurate baiting and casting.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 04:34 AM

Cast out a jig and let it fall. You can guess the depth pretty accurately when you get used to it. :)
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