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Does anyone use Marker Buoys for fishing in 2 to 3 feet of water?

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i dont think so, but im sure you could find someone that does.

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Could be very handy for bed fishing on very wary fish.  Drop a marker and back off the bed, then line up and make longer casts across the beds.

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I always like to leave a couple out around a weedbed where I have never caught any fish & don't plan to either!  ;D ;D

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I would be using it in a field of submerged bridge pilings in about 3 to 4 feet of water and would be throwing it out where I got bit, I think it would also help because there is current that drifts the boat up and down the pilings . During my last tournament I have been wondering if I threw a markey buoy to the submerged piling where I got bit if I would of caught another fish off that piling. I was also getting strikes in between the pilings and am thinking of using a Marker buoy in those situations also.

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Dwight.........I always pick up those "dummy" markers....... maybe that's why I have so many. :D;)

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Not 2-3 feet, but i will use it in water as shallow as 4 feet. If i see a branch or log in the water that is off the shore a bit and hard to place, i'll toss in a marker buoy and come back to it in 5 minutes without getting too close. Or i'll use them to mark the shallow side of a drop off. I broke my depth finder and don't have the money for a new one...but i only fish one lake out of my boat so the marker buoys are mandatory in that situation.

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On windy days, deeper beds can be difficult to see.  Drop a buoy on the back side of the nest, and move away to cast.

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I will mark humps on a particualr lake that goes from about 12ft to 3ft out in open water.   I would do the same on any body of water if the situation presented itself. 

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I was thinking of trying to use them to mark where shall water flats drop off into deeper water and mark where it slopes off into deeper or shallower water

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You should be able to follow that without buoys.  Plus, if you're on fish, its just advertisement.

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I had a fisherman run right into mine not too long ago. I was casting right to it, and he went by in plow mode and ran right into it. How stupid can a guy be be? Throw up a huge wake within short casting distance, AND run into my marker buoy. I guess the buoy wasn't a big enough advertisement. He must've heard it because he slowed way down and looked into the water. Saw the buoy, then looked at me. I gave him a "what the heck!" look and he continued on. ::D

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You should be able to follow that without buoys. Plus, if you're on fish, its just advertisement.

I try not to use them for that reason, but painted olive green they're not so bad, especially if there's chop on the water.

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You should be able to follow that without buoys. Plus, if you're on fish, its just advertisement.

No spots are all that special in any lake except the great lakes or other such large waters. imo.  Never had anyone troll up and start fishing my buoys while I am out.  I have had many come up and talk to me and ask what I am doing out in the middle of a reservoir and i gladly tell them so they can do it on there own at a later time. 

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I generally have to agree with Dwight when it come to using the typical buoy.  From my experience it is the perfect way to call in nothing but seagulls (the two legged kind).

But if you want to mark a spot, try what I used to use, Pill Bottles.  A small white aspirin bottle isn't easy for most people to see unless they are looking for it.  I used to have a few in my boat all the time.

Take the bottle, tie on a specific length of cord line, and attach a weight to the other.  I had them setup for 8', 10', and so on in two foot increments up to 20'.  Each one was wrapped up and put in a ziplock bag with the depth marked on the bag.

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I generally have to agree with Dwight when it come to using the typical buoy. From my experience it is the perfect way to call in nothing but seagulls (the two legged kind).

But if you want to mark a spot, try what I used to use, Pill Bottles. A small white aspirin bottle isn't easy for most people to see unless they are looking for it. I used to have a few in my boat all the time.

Take the bottle, tie on a specific length of cord line, and attach a weight to the other. I had them setup for 8', 10', and so on in two foot increments up to 20'. Each one was wrapped up and put in a ziplock bag with the depth marked on the bag.

That would solve all doubt i guess.  Good idea, i will do that for next year just in case now that the board got me paranoid.

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