BIG Bobbers for Catfishing from Shore in Swift Water

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  1. festus

    festus New Member

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    This morning I was reading about a shore fishermen who fishes below this one dam when they're generating. He said it took at least a 4 oz sinker along to keep his bait down and he used a huge bobber. He throws upstream with cut bait, lets it settle in an eddy or just lets the current wash it down. He fishes 4 feet deep.

    What's the best big bobber to use effectively? He gets big cats this way and I imagine he loses very little tackle to snags.
     
  2. wabah58

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  3. festus

    festus New Member

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    Thanks Mike, I'll check the link you posted. I forgot all about those. Wonder which size would be best to hold a 4 oz weight, and maybe at the max, a bait such as the size of a 7" skipjack or shad, or a 5" to 6" bluegill?
     
  4. Bubbakat

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    Festus Get hold of pete at wild wolf and he will tell you exactly what you need. He not only sells this stuff but he also uses them. I have fished with him several times.
     
  5. wabah58

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    I use the smaller one mostly, just because it fits better in my tackle bag, and I usually have to make a long walk to the spots. The small one is still PLENTY big, I usually use 2 oz sinker with it, and it doesn't come close to low floating the bobber, 4 oz should be just fine. I use mine for floating in the eddys.
     
  6. RebelMan

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    same with me. the big kat bobbers or the fat kat bobbers will work great for you! also dont forget the glowstick insert for nightfishing!:wink:
     
  7. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Poisonpits (Johnnie) can give you some tips on this method of fishing. He has caught some big fish, below dams, using this method. Maybe he will chime in. He was the one that got me interested in fishing the Kat Bobbers.
     
  8. Branj796

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    Yeah Pete at wild wolf will get you all straightened out. Just dont forget the glowsticks. I use them for everything. You cant beat the price.
     
  9. USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT

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    Just started using the Kat bobbers this past summer,Love em!
     
  10. CJ21

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    I been using floats in the creeks and lakes with some decent sucess. I have not try the big floats yet, I am using the thill big fish slider balsa float, 1/2 oz in size so far I caught a Channel on it.
     
  11. GaryF

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    For what you are trying to do, go with one of the bigger FatKat Katbobbers, like the 4". The reason I say this is that you will probably have enough slack or a loop in the line that it will make setting the hook into a problem. The bigger bobber will work more like a tethered jug and will take care of the hookset for you.
     
  12. Welder

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    snap swivle and a 16 ounce soda bottle. run a snap swivle uner the plastic ring under the cap and screw back on set ya bobber stop add bead and the swivle eye. Cheap fast and dont cost as much when ya do hang it up. Set up with 2 to 4 ounces of weight it casts ok and drifts well and almost self sets when a cat or striper grabs it. Works even better if you can find a eddy to pull it back up against the dam for ya. I like to set it to ride about 1 to 2 ft over the bottom and that can be 4 to 20 ft deep. just peel the label and toss in a lil glow stick for night fishen. Its a good way to drift fish big rock riprap banks @ night for flats.
     
  13. steveturner024

    steveturner024 Active Member

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    I'm going to make my own bobbers this year. The extra money it would cost for the bobbers I can use for other tackle.
     
  14. Flamekeeper

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    How far can you cast the katbobbers with a 5-6" gill from the bank? just curious
     
  15. USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT

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    I can get about 100 feet Ken.They aint the most aerodynamic setup around.LOL
     
  16. Mr. Foster

    Mr. Foster New Member

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    I would seriously consider the Kat Bobber or better yet the Fat Kat Bobber. If I have half the luck I had with it this year as last year I would be okay with that. I believe it is a deadly weapon, I will be concentrateing on my KB with a couple poles on the bottom. I will find what depth they are eventually, then its on. You can most definatly fish the dams and cover alot of ground if thats what you want to do. Good luck out there. As far as distance goes I usually let the fish, current, or wind take it around. All my fish last year were caught 20' or closer to the bank.
     
  17. Flamekeeper

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    Thats what I was figuring,, I fish lakes mostly from the bank and most places you need a good distance to get to the edges of rock flats and tree lines etc...

    The 6-9" weighted cigar floats I use serve well for that purpose and can hold up pretty much any 1lb bait or better. Another important thing about the cigar float it travels much slower while drifting/suspending your bait in fast current when you have it setting low in the water.( keeping you in the strike zone longer:)
     
  18. Papa64

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    I made all my own Kat bobbers out of a pool noodle, I have them from about 2'' long up to 6' and I have to say the 6' are my favorite and it deffinetly sets the hook when they hit it with either a circle or khale hook on it. Price was less for the whole noodle that on Kat Bobbers. All the rest was jjust a bit of work and scrounging.
     
  19. festus

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    Thanks for the answers, fellas. I ordered an Okuma spinning reel with a bait feeder from Catfish Connection yesterday. So I also put a Kat Bobber on my list, along with a Wing-It floater and a couple other floaters, some flourescent I can't find around here. But if I like this Kat Bobber I'll go ahead and make some from pool noodles, or the plastic Coke bottles Troy talked about. Thanks again. Got any more ideas?
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2010
  20. festus

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    I got one of those Wild Wolf Kat Bobbers. It's 3-1/2" diameter and length is 3-1/4". If I like it I'll either get more or try making some of the homemade ones like in the Catfishing Library. Or again use the more economical approach that Troy recommended with the plastic Coke bottle.