How to Make a Fishing Marker

by Kathy Adams
An empty milk jug can be used as a fishing marker.

An empty milk jug can be used as a fishing marker.

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So you've finally found that perfect fishing spot -- that elusive angling mecca where the fish are so plentiful they practically jump into your net. Rather than using a GPS or fancy gear to electronically mark your spot, you can make your own fishing marker or buoy from common objects. The marker will make it so much easier to start your next fishing trip at the perfect place, rather than rowing, drifting or searching around for hours trying to find the ideal fishing zone.

Items you will need

  • Empty plastic jug with handle and screw top
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Duct tape
  • Spool of 1/4-inch polypropylene rope
  • Fishing knife
  • Five-pound weight with hole in center
Step 1

Rinse the empty jug, then fill it halfway with water. Add a few drops of liquid dish soap. Replace the lid and shake the jug. Unscrew the lid and dump the soapy water down the drain. Rinse the jug thoroughly until no suds appear. Allow to dry completely. Replace the cap and seal tightly. Secure with duct tape to ensure the cap will not come off.

Step 2

Tie one end of the rope to the weight with a double knot or your favorite fishing knot. Pull tightly to ensure it won't come loose.

Step 3

Lower the weight slowly into the water until the weight touches bottom once you''ve found the perfect fishing spot. Unreel 5 or 6 more feet of rope, then cut it with your fishing knife while holding onto the rope.

Step 4

Slide the jug handle over the end of the rope towards the water to determine where to knot the rope; a few feet of play in the rope is sufficient. Tie the end of the rope to the jug handle using your favorite fishing knot. Double-knot it to ensure it wont untie. Set the jug in the water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a weight that's heavy enough to keep your marker in place, even during strong winds. High winds and rough waters can move things even many feet down on the lake, river or sea bed when waves are severe.
  • You can make the marker more visible or less visible by painting it. Use a bit of fluorescent paint on the bottom of the jug to make it stand out better against the scenery. Paint it in camouflage tones to make the marker less obvious to other fishermen if you want to keep your secret fishing hole private.
  • Be creative with your buoys.If the waters where you fish are calm, you can get away with packing foam leftovers for the buoys and a smaller weight. Heavy weights are useful in areas where waters get rough, such as the Great Lakes, rough rivers or in an ocean.
  • Use a jug from non-hazardous products, such as milk or orange juice, instead of one which may leach leftover toxins into the water.

About the Author

Kathy Adams won several investigative journalism awards from the Associated Press. Adams has ghostwritten several books and content for A-list musicians' websites. She is equally at home repurposing furniture and found objects into art as she is managing bands and community gardening efforts, running non-profit organizations and writing about healthy alternatives to household chemicals.

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