Catfishing Slip Bobbers

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  1. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Original post made by Mark Rogers(Fishallatime) on September 22, 2004


    I've been using slip bobbers all my life in situations where I have to keep bait and rigging off the bottom. It is valuable to catch fish at any depth they may be holding or to keep from getting hung up by fishing over heavy cover.

    These are the things that go on your line in order:

    1. A knot of line or #10 knitting thread tied to your main line. This can be tied with a triple overhand knot where it will tie firmly, but slide up and down your line when adjusting the depth. The pre-made ones work well on line up to about 10 lbs, anything bigger, tie your own. Tie it on around 3 or 4 feet from the end so you have plenty of line to complete the rig. You can adjust the depth when the rig is completed. If you have any doubt about how to tie the knot, use a search engine and type in "fishing knots". You will find some pages that will illustrate how to tie them.

    2. Then slide on a small "glass" bead. Glass, because plastic will get grooved after a while and your line will begin to stick. Use one with a hole small enough so the knot will not go through it. You can get glass beads of all sizes at hobby stores.

    3. Slide on your bobber. Use the type with red/white halves and a large black plastic insert. Using bobbers with small plastic inserts with small holes will result in the same thing as a plastic bead-line getting stuck. The red/white bobbers come in all sizes from bluegill size to flathead size.

    4. Put on a weight heavy enough to upend the bobber. Place it around 8-12" from the end of your line. Egg sinkers work great but splitshots are more adjustable-just whatever you need.

    5. Tie on your hook

    Now you have a rig that is around 8-12" long to cast. When the rig hits the water, the hook and weight will fall through the bobber and bead to the depth of the knot on your line. The bead will stop at the knot and you're fishing. There generally are no issues when using a baitcaster, though sometimes spinning reel line will stick to the knot when coming off the spool if the knot is not trimmed well enough.

    They can be used around cover, to reach suspended fish, to control depth for fishing around elevated structure such as ledges underneath bridges, and to control drift over targeted areas.}

    Good luck.