Anyone that has been fishing, whether as a child or an adult, has seen the good ole red and white fishing bobbers. I can remember as a child my father would put the worm or salmon eggs on my hook, throw my line out into the water and tell me “Son, watch that little bobber, and if you see it go under, tell me!”.
Of course, I would sit there staring at it intently waiting for it to go under the water. It seemed like an eternity, but either I would get bored and runoff, or every once in a while, you would see that little red and white floaty disappear. As I got older, I started to really wonder if these things actually worked, or if it was more for knowing where your line was, or to keep kids pre-occupied for 15 minutes.
Do Bobbers Really Work For Fishing?
Yes, bobbers work and are great for fishing ponds and lakes, especially if you are using multiple rod setups, or have kids that want to fish with you. Here are a few reasons that bobbers are a great fishing accessory:
- They Keep your line at the right depth you want.
- Kids love watching for the bobber to go under.
- It is an easy way for you to tell if a fish is biting.
- You can keep track of your fishing line if there is wind.
- Allows you to fish multiple rod setups without having to constantly check your rods.
Bobbers do work for fishing, especially for trout and lakes where you want to put your bait suspended in the water.
How Do You Use A Bobber
Most bobbers are very simple to use, and have a metal clip on the top and bottom for your line to go through. All you have to do is to pull as much line out as you want to be on the end of your bobber, then put your line through the top of the bobber and metal hook, and then wrap your fishing line on the outside of the bobber and clip the line around the metal hook at the bottom.
Typical bobbers will have a knob at the top of the round ball that you can depress and the hook at the bottom will pop out. After you put the line through the hook at the bottom you can let go of the knob at the top and it will tighten around your line securing the bobber in the place that you want.
Once the line is tight around the bobber, make sure you do not pull the line through the tightened bobber if you want to add or remove length from the bobber to the hook. This will cause your line to weaken and could snap if a fish surges while you are reeling in.
Does Color Matter
There has been a lot of debate around whether the color of fishing line and bobbers really matter because of fish seeing them. Typically, your hook and line will be several feet away from the hook floating on the surface, so it will look like another piece of debris floating in the water.
If the lake you are fishing is extremely clear, and you are worried about a fish spotting your bobber, they do make clear and smoky colored bobbers that will blend into the water more so that a fish will have a harder time seeing. The only problem with this technique is that it will be harder for you to spot as well, so use your best judgement when selecting your bobber.
How To Pick The Right Size Bobber
One thing to keep in mind is that bobbers are NOT one size fits all. There are several different sizes, colors and shapes of bobbers, and that is for very good reason. Bobbers are different sized based on your line weight, and also how much weight you are going to put on your hook.
If you have have 2 ounces of weight, and 12lb test line, a small one-ounce bobber is just going to sink. The whole point of the bobber is to keep your line at the top and to suspend your hook several feet away from the surface. My suggestion would be to spend a few bucks and get a variety pack of bobbers that come in different sizes and when you find one you use a lot, buy a few more of that size and use them exclusively with your fishing rig.
Do Bobbers Hurt Your Fishing Line
Bobbers will usually not hurt your fishing line, and you will not get unintentional breaks in your line from them, but they can do damage if not used properly. If you do not secure both sides of the bobber through your line, it could end up cutting into the line causing it to break.
Another important factor is moving the bobber up and down your line when you want to add or remove length to your hook setup. Always make sure to unclip both sides of the line before adding or removing line. As long as you do that, there should be no harmful impact to your fishing line.
typically have two fishing setups so I can cast out and leave my bait suspended and have another rod setup for lures. Bobbers also give you the advantage of knowing when a fish bites and takes your line because you can see when the bobber goes under the water, a fish is on! If the water is choppy, or it is really windy out, you cannot just look at your rod for twitches. Bobbers also give you a great advantage of not having to fish off of the bottom, where fish might be swimming and not just laying on the bottom.
How Long Should A Bobber Be From A Hook
A bobber should normally be around 24 inches from the hook when fishing in a lake or pond for trout or other fish. The deeper you throw the line out to, the longer you will want the line from the bobber. I suggest keeping all bobbers around 24 – 36 inches from your hook so that you will still be able to cast around trees and bushes. The longer you have the line from the bobber, the harder it will be to cast, especially in areas with limited movement for your rod.
What Are Fishing Bells?
Fishing bells are a small bell that hook onto the tip of your rod that will ring when a fish bites or takes your bait. You clip the small bell onto the end of your rod, and when a fish grabs your hook and moves your line, the tip of your rod will twitch and will make the bell ring. This is a perfect addition to your tackle box if you do not want to sit and watch your line all the time. It is also great for fishing with kids because you will be able to know when they have a fish on.
What Is Suspended Fishing?
Suspended fishing is when fish are not near the surface, or right at the bottom to feed and swim and you need your bait to be off the bottom. There are times when fish will like to be “neutrally buoyant” and stay a few feet off the bottom to swim around and feed.
When this happens, you will need to use a more buoyant bait that will float, and a heavy weight a few feet up your line so that when your weight hits the bottom, your bait will float up and any fish that might be in a suspended state will have more of a chance to see it and react to it. This is great for bass and other fish that go through times where they do not want to be near the surface or bottom.
Do Bobbers Scare Fish?
Bobbers do not normally scare fish because your line should be suspended at least 24 to 36 inches away from the the hook, so it will usually look like a piece of floating debris. The fish will be able to see it, but should not be scared of it, unless your line has just hit the water. When your bobber and hook make the initial splash, it could cause the fish to swim away quickly, they will normally swim back if you leave your bait alone and let the water settle. Other times, in clear water, the fish might be able to see it better, but should also not cause the fish to be scared in anyway.