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When I was a youngster, I remember my Dad using an old window weight tied on a piece of rope to determine the depth below our little 12 foot wooden boat. He had the rope marked in 3 foot increments and simply lowered the weight overboard and counted down until the weight hit bottom. We did a lot of ‘trotlining’ and he always set his lines parallel to a creek channel. I remember spending hours bouncing that weight off bottom and marking trees that grew along the submerged creek channels. Later the ‘flasher’ units became popular and fishermen bought them with relish. Finally, a way to determine the depth of the water and actually see ‘flashes’ that were suspended fish. The flasher was a game changer and the units sold like hotcakes. These units dominated the fishing world throughout the seventies and to this day, advanced flashing units are on the market.



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