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How to use a bobber stop

January 28th 2013 04:34
A lot of people have the attitude that only beginners use a bobber or float for their fishing. In actuality, nothing can be further from the truth. Bobbers can be just the thing on a hot, summer day when you want to toss your line out and then lie back and doze in the shade.

A depth of two or three feet may produce decent fish during the summer but, try it when the snow flies and you'll waste your time because fish are going to be hanging out deeper in an effort to stay warm.

A sliding bobber, called a SLIP BOBBER, is just the thing when you want to use a float and still fish deep. The best thing about a slip bobber is that it can be set to any depth but, still allow you to reel in and cast as usual. Additionally, a sliding bobber allows one to fish from the shore while tantalizing those bottom feeders.


Using a bobber stop allows you to regulate the depth of your slip bobber. Different manufacturers produce BOBBER STOPS which are nothing more than drinking straw affairs that assists in tying a knot on your line to stop the sliding bobber.

One day I looked at these things and asked myself why I was spending money for what is, essentially, a knot. After some trial end error, I came up with something similar to what you see illustrated in this video:

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A few warnings and/or explanations may be in order here--

slip bobber set-up
This is my set-up. The bead is optional. If you think the string I use is a big diameter, it is! However, it's never hung up in my line guides.
First and foremost, as described here, this knot will slide through your line guides. If you need to set your bobber for, say, 10 feet, so be it!


If the knot is too big, you can get by with three or four loops.

Originally, I tried this with nylon kite string and while it worked pretty well, I had to re-tie my knot more frequently than with Dacron. This wasn't much of a hassle but it was pretty inconvenient when a half-tied knot came apart after contact with the line guides.



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