Fishing bobbers can easily guide new fishers if a fish is biting at their bait. They can also prevent hooks from snagging on the bottom of shallow pools of water by suspending the hook a short distance from the water surface.
Here are the steps to using fishing bobbers.
- Choose the right fishing bobber. Fixed bobbers will suspend the hook a distance below the water surface while sliding bobbers will let the hook move up or down depending on your pole movement.
- Attach the bobber on the line. String the line along the fishing pole, making sure you have plenty of line for fishing. Press on the spring to expose the slot then fix the line on the slot. When you let go of the spring, the bobber will be secured to the line. You can also secure the bobber on the line with two or three proper knots. Set the distance of the bobber from the hook based on the type of fish you wish to catch: if you’re after surface-dwelling fish, keep the distance short.
- Add bait on the hook. Live bait like minnow or night crawler will attract fish with its movement. Use only one or two hooks to optimize the effectiveness of your bobber. You may also want to add a bit of weight on the line below the bobber to keep it in the depth where the fish dwell, but not so much as to submerge the bobber, as well. The weight also helps in casting the line to a proper distance.
- Cast the line. Make sure the cast is clean so that the line doesn't get tangled with the bobber. Reel in excess slack to allow enough tautness so that the bobber movement is easily seen once a fish is hooked. Once you see the bobber moving up and down repeatedly, start reeling in the line.
- Clean the bobber after use. Carefully remove the hook from the mouth of the fish without ruining the bobber or the line or hurting yourself in the process. Wash it in warm water and soap it to remove stains. Air dry it and then store in a container.
- Consider making your own fishing bobber. This inexpensive alternative will do the job of a commercial bobber using only a few household items. Insert a paperclip into a cork then shape the clip into a circle for mounting on the line. You may dip the cork in varnish to increase its water resistance. You can also make bobbers out of twigs and film canisters in a hurry when you are already at the fishing site. Make several bobbers as backup.
- Consider other bite detecting gadgets. Flags are spring-loaded contraptions that shoot up a colorful patch of plastic when a fish bites the bait. Electronic beepers, on the other hand, sound off when a fish is caught. You may buy these novelty devices at specialty fishing stores.
Fishing bobbers is not a necessary tool for fishing, but it can help for certain water conditions.