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Post Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:48 pm 
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I like the buoy marker method as well.Once you mark a spot idle around it to see how big it is.Bleach bottles make great buoys and they are cheap.

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Post Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:56 pm 
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Another good trick is to tie a crab trap buoy to your marker with about 8' of poly rope. This will give you a good indication of the wind an current direction so you can accurately anchor so you end up over the structure.

Bruce, keep in mind the clear tube on the Sure Marker is designed so you can put a light stick inside of it.

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Post Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:29 am 
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The chem light feature might of helped when I lost my first Suremarker.. Me and a friend were doing some night fishing at the Egmont reef. Dropped the marker early in the evening to mark the reef and anchored up. Started fishing and we were doing fairly well. As the tide shifted we drifted off our mark a little but we were still catching fish. At about 2am when we were done I pulled out the spot light to find my buoy which at most should have been no more than 30 or yards from my boat but it was gone. Although I am not sure, I think what happened was when the marker was dropped the 5lbs lead weight landed in the reef. Since that was my first, I tied the weight directly to the nylon line of the marker. Over the 5 hours we were there the current and wave action caused the sharp reef to cut the line and it drifted off without either one of us seeing it. So lessons learned there... I always encase the weight as stated above and equip with a mono leader. So far so good with the exception of dropping it in the middle of a spring offshore and getting a cutoff there from the wall. Just lost the weight that time. :2403_worshipper:

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Post Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:19 pm 
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Lost my sure mark,weight was just a little too heavy and the line got tangled,went down,never saw it again,now I use bleach bottles

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Post Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:32 am 
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When I dropped mine into the offshore spring here it spooled all the line out (bottom is over 200ft) and the marker was litterly bobbing like a cork. I am glad that I followed the recomendation of keeping the weight 5lbs or less. I buy a sounding weight (exactly 5lbs) and it works well. Drops to the bottom like a rock (100ft in a matter of seccods) but will not drag the buoy under if the line is payed out or somehow gets tangled on the drop.

How do you keep your bleach bottles from continiously letting line out from wind or wave action? Currious, as they are vastly cheaper than the Surmarker.

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Post Posted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:01 pm 
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I make them to the depth that I usually fish or dive,60 or 90 ft.Adding 10 ft for sea conditions.Even if it's aliitle long you can follow the line to the spot.

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Post Posted: Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:13 am 
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Gotcha.. Thanks!

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Post Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:41 am 
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What areas does this chart info you mentioned include? I am in Lemon Bay area (Englewood). Right now just trying to get everything shipshape, but hopefully will be ready to explore soon.
Being a noob, I will try to get my feet wet (hhhmmmmm....poor choice of words??) tooling around the bay. Then consider venturing out into the gulf a wee bit. Maybe I can hook up with a member in this area to gain some experience..... with a helping hand to keep me out of trouble! sFun_eyescan

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Post Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:24 am 
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Aqua - If you go to your local tackle / boating supply shop they will usually have charts you can buy for your area that have tons of public numbers for be both inshore and offshore. Top Spot is a good starting point which was the source of the pic I posted in this thread. I know West Marine sells them if you wanted to cut right to the chase. There are also some online resources where you can find them.. I like the chart as it's waterproof and you can keep on your boat.

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Post Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:57 am 
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I will track one down. Thanks!

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