Marking off Depth Indicators on Line for Deep Drops

Mar 10, 2020
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For drops such as flatfalls, yo-yos, sinker, dropper loops, etc, I used to simply count seconds to get a ballpark idea of depth, but I think there is a much better way.

This season, I'm planning on using a black sharpie to mark off 100 feet increments on my braid to give me an idea of how much line is out to better gauge the right "zone". I was thinking of using one long black bar segment to denote 100 feet, and two long black bars to denote 200 feet and so on until I marked off maybe 500 feet. Maybe starting at 200 feet, I'd add 50 feet increments for slightly better resolution and to minimize the chance I'll hit bottom and accidentally snag up?

Other ideas or how do you do it?
 
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Pjstevko

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For solid braid the method you described above is very common and from I've heard works very well.....

For hollow braid you have other options such as splicing in different color braid every 100 ft or something similar
 
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On the Vagabond last year, they marked a spot on the rail that was 50' from the stern rail. They prefer a lengthy mono topshot, so I measured the topshot, then marked each 50' from there on my braid down to 400'. Worked fine. Easier to do before heading out, but since I added the topshot on the boat at their insistence, had to go that route. Use two people, one on the rod, one on the stern who stops the line paying out when he sees the last mark you made. Just let the line pay out behind the moving boat after each mark.
 

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To each their own

I'm not paying enough attention to each spool revolution, taking into consideration different spool diameters and the diameter changing as the spool of line decreases. I'm not smart enough. Have found it better to go by feel after the depth is mentioned. Then a slight zig or zag or a tiny mound. To mark the zone in my head

Few take scope into consideration. Which is huge
 
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Mini mound marking. Don't get too close to the side plate. Or spool bite may occur

Extreme zig zags causes the line to rip, back and forth with high friction
 

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sharpie markings on spectra here,. But I do use a longer topshot of mono that gets shorter as I cut and retie so you have to keep a mental note of changing topshot length. One can do this by pulling out 2 feet of topshot at a time to figure out how much is there.

worth the effort. Now start doing your geometry to determine true depth when line going out at an angle with drift or current or both

I do my markings at home using 50 foot measure tape on the grass
 
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worth the effort. Now start doing your geometry to determine true depth when line going out at an angle with drift or current or both

The only way is by feel. Imo

Mark the line on a fresh spool. Then land a 300 pounder and the line packs tight
 

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For heavier line, 100-130 lb hollow, I cut and splice in 10’ sections of colored hollow. Red, Green, Yellow. 50‘ sections of white equals 10 fathoms. I started doing this for sinker fishing Yellowfin down at Clarion several years ago.
 

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A LR boat length is approximately 100 feet

Getting more technical then that. Will mess me up

My mind is fishing for a bite through the zone. Not exact depth. Which is distracting and can become obsessive

Ever see a tunafish swim fast? They can cover allot of feet fast
 

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For heavier line, 100-130 lb hollow, I cut and splice in 10’ sections of colored hollow. Red, Green, Yellow. 50‘ sections of white equals 10 fathoms. I started doing this for sinker fishing Yellowfin down at Clarion several years ago.

Sorry I am new to this. Could you please guide me how do I Splice a color Hollow Section onto/into white section?
 

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So I am have a splice connection every 50yards. So the idea is to have 300 yards of white in 50 yards each (assuming that’s how ling I want it marked) and splice in the color I want......hmmm..... sound like a lot of work but if that’s the way everyone do it, oh well.
 

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I have mentioned before that I use small pieces of black rubber-band. Get a buddy. One person stands at the stern and holds the line, the other walks the reel up the rail using the boat length to measure 100 feet. The guy in the stern tosses the line into the water and the other walks the reel back to the stern. You then tie on a short piece of rubber-band and trim it so there is just little tags. Do it again and tie two rubber-band knots. I do three for 300 feet and so forth. Multiple advantages. Easy to remove and reset when line is lost. You can feel the knots on the reel and you know where you are. It is fast and cheap. If you use fresh small diameter rubber-bands and tie them tight they stay on. Works for me
 
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You don’t have to drag your line around the boat to mark it. Most rail rods are 2’ from the top of the spool to the stripper guide. I make 50 pulls and mark with a sharpie. Easy peasy
 
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hucklongfin

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I do it at home putting stakes in the ground 50' apart. attach line to one stake then down and around the next stake and back is 100'. Mark line and go down and back as many times as required. Use a laundry marker so the black marks stay around.
 

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A sharpie designed for writing your kids name in their PE clothes. The laundry marker doesn't wash off.
 

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Four different colors, 25 foot per color, count the same color every time out is a 100 feet. You're putting a short or long top shot on anyways.

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I like the concept but when I tried it, the markings didn't hold up to the water. I 'm gonna try making few reels this year at home and let the markings dry before I reel the line back on the spool. (I have a couple of old reels that I use for storing and/or transferring line.).