How to Determine Fishing Bobber Line Length

How to Determine Fishing Bobber Line Length
The first experience many anglers have with fishing is with the tried-and-true bobber rig, a rig that is easy to set up, easy to adjust and simply catches fish. From crappie, blue gill and shell cracker to larger game fish such as bass, the bobber rig presents a bait effectively to initiate a strike. Adjusting the bobber allows the bait to dangle at a set depth in the water.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing rod with matched line
  • Sharp scissors
  • Bobber with peg
  • Sliding weight
  • Barrel swivel
  • Hook
  • Bait
Step 1
Cut a 3-foot length of line from the end of your main fishing line with a sharp pair of scissors to use as a leader later in the process.
Step 2
Remove the peg from the end of a bobber and slide the float onto the end of your main fishing line. The peg, made of wood, plastic or rubber, wedges the line against the inside of the bobber and holds the float in place on the fishing line. Slide the bobber up out of the way for the time being.
Step 3
Place a sliding weight onto the end of your main line. Use a weight such as a sliding egg weight that is heavy enough to provide weight to the line while not over powering the bobber and pull it under the water.
Step 4
Tie a barrel swivel to the end of the main fishing line with a uni knot. Form the uni by feeding 6 to 7 inches of line through the eye of the swivel and pulling the end up along side the main line. Turn the free end back toward the swivel, forming a loop alongside the double line. Wrap the free end of the line around the double line and through the loop four times.
Step 5
Attach the leader that you cut from the main line to the opposite end of the swivel with another uni knot. Tie a bait holder hook to the end of the leader length with a Palomar knot by feeding 6 to 7 inches of line through the eye of the hook. Turn the free end back and feed it through the eye so that you have a loop on one side and a double line on the other. Tie an overhand knot with the loop and double line, pull the loop around the bend of the hook and pull the knot tight. The leader should be at least 15 to 18 inches long between the hook and swivel when finished.
Step 6
Place the bait on the hook and estimate the depth where you would like to present the bait in the water. Remove the peg from the bobber and slide the float up or down on the line so that the length between the bobber and bait matches this depth. Cast the bait into the water.
Step 7
Retrieve the rig and make adjustments by sliding the bobber up the line to gain more depth or down the line to bring the bait closer to the surface.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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