How to Prepare Bobbers for Fishing

How to Prepare Bobbers for FishingFishermen of all skill levels use bobbers to aid them in catching fish. Although novice anglers primarily use bobbers to give them an indication of when fish are biting their baits, more advanced fishermen use bobbers to help them keep their baits at predetermined depths. Whatever the reason anglers use them, bobbers shoot under the water when fish have the bait in their mouths. Learning how to prepare slip bobbers and spring-style bobbers for fishing, can aid you in the pursuit of that next prize.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

How to Prepare Spring-Style Bobbers for Fishing

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rod and reel
  • Line
  • Split-shot sinkers
  • Hook
  • Bobber stop
  • Beads
 
Step 1
Attach a hook to the end of the fishing line. A Trilene knot is best for tying the hook to the line; instructions can be found at the website in Resources.
Step 2
Crimp onto the line one or two split-shot weights about 6 inches above the hook.
Step 3
Press down on the plastic piece that is located atop the bobber to reveal the clasp. Place the fishing line into the clasp, then let go of the plastic piece. The bobber is attached but still can be moved up and down the line.
Step 4
Set the bobber based on the depth of the water. Your bait will hang 24 inches off the bottom, for example, if the distance between the hook and the bobber is 24 inches less than the distance from the bottom of the lake to the surface of the water.
Step 5
Slide the bobber into position on the line. Reveal the clasp on the underside of the bobber by pressing the plastic piece on the bottom of the bobber. Place the fishing line in the clasp, then let go of the plastic piece. The line now should be attached to the top and bottom of the bobber, which now cannot slide up and down the line.

How to Prepare Slip Bobbers for Fishing

Step 1
Slide a bobber stop and a bead, in that order, onto the fishing line about 24 inches above the end.
Step 2
Slide the slip bobber on the line.
Step 3
Attach a split-shot or two about 6 inches above the end of the fishing line.
Step 4
Attach a hook to the end of the fishing line using a Trilene knot.
Step 5
Slide your bobber stop up the line until it is at the proper depth. If you want your bait to hang 24 inches from the bottom, for example, the distance between the hook and bobber stop should be 24 inches less than the distance from the bottom of the lake to the surface of the water. Tighten the bobber stop when it is in the correct position.
 

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Article Written By Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

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