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This lead design is the brain-child of Korda boss Danny Fairbrass, who had been using a lead originally designed for weed-clearing for this purpose, but due to them not being very aerodynamic, it limited where he could use it, and thus the Marker Lead was born. It has a very aerodynamic shape, which means that it can be cast to the horizon, and the four moulded prongs which it features give a tremendous amount of ‘feel’ and feedback through the braid and rod, even when fishing at range.
The sensitivity of the feedback from the pronged lead allows you to identify clear areas in sparse weed to the point where you can pinpoint exactly where the clear spots begin and end. The Marker Lead allows you to feel variations on the lakebed in situations where a standard lead would simply skip across it – such as patches of thinner silkweed – and an added bonus is that the prongs will pick up some of the debris on the bottom, allowing you to reel it in and inspect it. This is a big plus when it comes to things such as silkweed, as it means you can check if a spot is covered in fresh, green weed which the fish will potentially feed upon, or dead, black stuff which they probably won’t. It also means that you will be able to identify spots within the area which are totally clean, and could well have been fed on. The original probe lead Still remains an integral part of Korda's range as it’s ideal for skipping the marker lead through the weed whereas the pronged lead will snarl up quite quickly. The pronged lead is for finding small differences to fine tune how you approach your spot.
The marker leads will also give you much greater feeling so that you are able to differentiate between differing sizes of stones on gravel areas – where feeding carp will often push any larger stones to the edge of the spot, leaving just shingly gravel remaining. When it comes to fishing on clay, mud or silt it will also help you to find the harder spots, as when this lead glides across an area you know that it is going to be a proper hard spot, something which can be very tricky with a normal lead, even at shorter range. Also, the leads are purposely made without a coating which would normally cushion the lead and therefore dampens feedback. Such sensitivity allows an angler to identify the finer differences and smaller details in gravel and silt too when feeling or that all important 'drop' of the lead.
The weights available are 2,3 & 4oz. The lightest one combined with a smaller marker float is perfect for fishing close in for example, in a small bay to avoid disturbing the swim too much. The 4oz lead is great for fishing big waters especially if you’re fishing into the wind or combating crosswinds and the 3oz is a great all rounder for the ‘normal’ fishing conditions an angler is faced with.
It is a good idea to use the lead on its own initially, as a marker float can hinder the way in which it performs, and then once you are clipped up you can quickly add a marker float to the set-up and check the depth if necessary. The one situation where you would still be better off using our original Probe Lead is in thick weed, as the Marker Lead gets caught up in things like thick Canadian pondweed far too easily.
These leads are uncoated, which not only mean that there is no ‘dampening’ of what you are feeling, but also allows clay to adhere to the surface more easily, so you can see exactly what it looks like on the spot. A swivel means that it can easily be attached to the end of your main line via a loop and then quickly changed to a conventional marker set-up when needed.
I have now moved over to these exclusively to find my clear spots now. The prongs pick up any weed to let me know what is going on the bottom.