If you like to fish for tautog, scup and sea bass over wrecks and rock piles, you know that pinpoint positioning—whether on the edges of the structure or on the high spot—often yields the biggest fish. To make the task easier, try using a marker buoy so that you can locate the exact spot you want to position the boat over.
The American Bandit buoy ($40) shown in the accompanying photo comes with an internal spool that holds the line. A weight is tied to the line and the spool drag is adjusted so that line will flow off the spool until the weight reaches bottom. When you are directly over the spot you want to fish., as indicated by the depthsounder, simply drop the weight overboard. The bright-orange buoy also has a keel fin that indicates the current direction. Now you can anchor upcurrent of the buoy and let out line until you reach the spot you want to fish.
Of course, you don’t need a fancy store-bought buoy to mark your spot. You can use a 2-liter soda bottle with heavy twine attached. Mark the line at 10’ intervals so you have a sense of where to tie off the line based on the depth shown on your sounder. Tie a heavy bank sinker to the end of the line and you’re in business!
By the way, you can buy the American Bandit buoy on their website.
Learn more about anchoring over rock piles and wrecks.
Watch this video on tautog fishing: