In the previous post we covered the best rig for bait fishing. Known as a slip-sinker rig, this style of fishing can also be used interchangeably with a bobber in order to target fish that are present in the higher levels of the water column. Fishing with a bobber is also useful when fishing in current because it offers a more realistic presentation and the weight hangs up off the bottom so you’re less likely to get snagged on rocks and sticks. In this post, we’ll cover using a bobber fishing rig in still and moving bodies of water.
- Please Note: Do not use the big red-and-white bobbers that most people associate with bobber fishing. Instead, use a streamlined bobber called a spring-attach bobber. The wind will not pull it around as easy and the fish will be able to pull it under easier.
Got to the previous post and follow the steps to tying a slip-sinker rig but substitute a slightly lighter weight so the bobber isn’t pulled under. Attach the bobber itself to the line at the depth you want to fish or the depth of the water you are fishing in. If you attach the bobber 3 feet from the hook then the bait will hang 3 feet under the water’s surface.
- Please Note: Do not use Powerbait while bobber fishing because the Powerbait floats! Use sinking baits like a worm or salmon eggs.
Bobber fishing in still bodies of water depends on the depth that the fish are holding at. In most instances however, it’s safe to assume that a length of 2-3 feet should put the bait right at the fish’s nose. Most fish are willing to swim up in the water column for food and thus it won’t matter too much that it’s a bit out of their range. Whenever possible, cast perpendicular to the wind and the shoreline so the bait floats parallel to the shore. This keeps the bait in a consistent area where the fish are attracted by the scent. If the bobber goes under, set the hook and reel in the fish.
When bait fishing with worms, the best way to hook them is by threading them on and pinching off the rest of the worm. Leave an inch or two of free worm off the end of the hook to dangle in the water which will attract fish from a distance. The good thing about using worms is that they have a very natural scent in the water and do not have to be replaced until the worm is gone.
Bobber fishing in moving bodies of water like rivers and streams requires a slightly different set of rules. To start, set the line depth to just below the depth of the water you are fishing and check to make sure the weight is not rolling on the bottom and the hook is not getting snagged. Bait the hook after length is determined and cast upstream. Casting upstream will mean that the rig will float down and past you so it maintains the longest drift possible. As the line flows towards you, be sure to slowly reel in line so the slack doesn’t build up. If the bobber hesitates on its drift or is pulled under, set the hook. In some cases, the hesitation is a sign that the weight is rolling along the bottom so adjust the float accordingly.
That’s it for bobber fishing!
Tight lines everybody!