Bobber fishing is one of the easiest and most effective ways to fish. There are several ways to utilize a bobber in targeting different fish or different situations, and when used properly, simple techniques will allow you to catch more fish.
Still fishing is the technique of using a stationary bobber to hold bait at a certain level in the water. There are several types of bobbers available to use depending on the depth you are going to be fishing. The bobber is set to the depth you want the bait to be at. It is then cast out and the angler waits until they see signs that they are getting a bite. Live bait is the most popular bait for still fishing for most species.
Perch and walleye feed on moving schools of bait fish during the early morning and evening hours. Wind drifting is a perfect technique to cover the areas that hold bait fish without spooking the fish. Drifting slowing is recommended so if the boat is drifting too fast by not anchoring it, a drift sock can be used. A drift sock is a device that is attached to the boat that creates drag to slow the drift of the boat. Slip bobbers are the best choice for wind drifting as they can be easily changed according to the depth changes. A simple slip bobber is rigged with a small hook or jig head and set at a depth of just off the bottom. Minnows, wax worms or night crawlers are the preferred bait, while artificial grubs are a good choice when live bait is not available.
Bobbers are often used in river or streams to catch trout, salmon and steelhead as they provide the perfect means of keeping a lure or bait bouncing along the bottom. Slip bobbers or a fixed-type bobber are used with several different types of baits, depending on the fishing conditions. Jigs and treble hooks baited with egg clusters or sand shrimp work well in many locations in the nation. Pink worms as used in bass fishing also work well when drifted under a bobber. The bobber setup is cast upstream and allowed to work its way downstream with as little help as possible, as to make the bait's movements natural.
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.