How to Make Homemade Fishing Bobbers

How to Make Homemade Fishing Bobbers
Bobbers, sometimes called floats, allow your line to stay afloat and keep the hook and lures at a predetermined depth while fishing to maximize the chance of a catch. Floats and bobbers are available at most sports and tackle shops but can be expensive. A homemade bobber allows you to customize your gear and save money by using less expensive items to make them. Most take only a few minutes to construct and are just as effective as commercially manufactured bobbers.


Difficulty: Easy

Homemade Bobbers

Things You’ll Need:
  • Cork plug Paperclip
  • Cork plug
  • Paperclip
Step 1
Choose a cork plug in an appropriate size. If you fish with larger hooks and tackle, the cork should be larger to compensate for the extra weight.
Step 2
Unfold a paperclip and bend it into a circle. It is not necessary that the circle is perfect; thus you may choose to use semi-circles and other shapes.
Step 3
Poke either end of the paperclip into the cork--directly opposite the other. These could be opposite ends of the cork or opposite sides. This will create a "halo" around the cork for which to attach your line.
Step 4
Dip the cork in varnish by holding the paperclip and immersing the cork. This will add extra water resistance.
Step 5
Use the bobber by wrapping your fishing line a few times around the paperclip. The cork will stay on top of the water and keep your line afloat.

Tips & Warnings

You can paint your bobber to make it more aesthetically appealing.
Make sure the paperclip is firmly in place before casting your line to avoid losing the bobber.

Article Written By Justin Chen

Justin Chen is a freelance writer and photographer with 6 years of professional experience in outdoor activities, extreme sports, travel and marketing topics. His professional work experience includes publication with KOMO 4 News Seattle, Fisher Interactive Network, and Demand Studios. He is a current Pre-Med student at Walla Walla University.

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