There are many way to fish for Bluegills, but fishing with live bait and a bobber is the easiest and most effective. With the variety of bobbers available today, the choice can be a difficult one. They are all used as bite indicators, but some are more sensitive than others. Choose your bobber type by the depth you will be fishing and the size of fish you expect to catch.
Slip bobbers are the preferred setup for bluegill fishing because they are easily adjustable and cast smoothly. Bluegills stay in deep water for portions of the year, and the slip bobber is the only bobber capable of fishing deep water easily. They are stick-type bobbers with a hole through the center. The line is threaded through the hole, and a bobber stop is used to set the depth of the bobber. Bobber stops range from a knot tied in the line to small plastic pieces that are threaded onto the line. The bobber stops are capable of being wound onto the spool and casted, allowing to bobber to be set any depth.
Spring bobbers are fairly common for bluegill anglers who fish shallow water. They are a stick-type bobber that has a hook covered by a spring. The spring is pushed down to reveal the hook where the line is wrapped. Many anglers like this type of bobber due to its simplicity, but the spring can often damage the line during casting.
Round bobbers are a standard for new anglers and children. They are the easiest to use and are very effective at shallow depths. They range in size from a half to 3 inches in diameter, depending on the size of fish you are using it for. They are round plastic balls that will spring activated hooks on the top and bottom. The line is wrapped around either of the hooks securing it in place.
Article Written By Matthew Knight
Based in Southwestern Michigan, Matthew Knight has been writing outdoor and technology articles since 2008. His articles appear on various websites. He holds a bachelor's degree in computer information systems from Western Michigan University.