How to Use Fishing Bobbers

How to Use Fishing Bobbers
Fishing with a bobber is one of the first techniques you'll typically learn. It's most suitable for smaller fish that often take small nibbles before committing to a full strike. A second advantage is that it keeps the hook from getting snagged on the bottom of the lake. Experienced anglers may also use a bobber to precisely control the depth of the hook.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Select the depth at which you wish to fish. This will be the distance from the bobber to your hook and should be less than the depth of the water. Set the bobber for 1½ to 2 feet for surface-feeding fish such as crappies. Catching bottom-feeding fish will require you to set the bobber so that the hook sits close to the bottom.
Step 2
Attach a bobber to your line. Push the top button down so that the hook on the bottom of the bobber protrudes outward. Hook the fishing line with the hook and release the button, ensuring that the hook withdraws into its receptacle. Place your thumb against the bottom hook to keep it from coming out and push down on the edge of the button. This should expose the top hook, which you will then use to hook the fishing line. Release the button and ensure that the top hook withdraws back into its receptacle.
Step 3
Cast your line and wait for a nibble. The bobber will bob up and down when the fish is just nibbling on the bait. It will go completely underwater when the fish actually takes the bait.
Step 4
Set the hook according to the size of the fish. This is the process of giving the line a sharp jerk to ensure that the hook is firmly embedded in some part of the fish's mouth, preferably the hard upper palate. Smaller fish may not need to have the hook set at all and attempting to do so can pull the hook out. For larger fish, it's important to wait for a full strike as indicated by the bobber before setting the hook.

Article Written By Allan Robinson

Allan Robinson holds a bachelor's degree with majors in biology and mathematics. He has written numerous health articles for sites such as eHow and LIVESTRONG. Robinson also has 15 years experience as a software engineer and has extensive accreditations in software engineering.

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