Like many, my first fishing days included my favorite spincast reel, a bobber and hook and some worms I could find around the house. I remember the excitment I felt when I saw that bobber bubbling in the water, but I also remember the frustrations of the bobber never staying in the right place. That is until I learn how to rig a slip bobber the correct way.
In this post, we are going to discuss 6 easy steps on how to rig a slip bobber. Let’s begin…
What you will need:
- One Slip Bobber – I recommend theThill Wobble Bobber
- Bobber Stops such as SAMS Rubber Bobber Stops
- Beads. While you won’t need any special bead you will need a bead that is big enough to stop the bobber from moving up the line.
- Flurocarbon Leader. I recommend Seaguar Red Label 100% Fluorocarbon
- A single crane swivel
- A hook
Before we rig the slip bobber we are going to prepare the Flurocarbon Leader.
- The first step is to cut the fishing line to the desired length. This leader will be the distance from the bobber to where you want the hook to be in the water column.
- Once the line is cut, tie a small crane swivel on one end and then tie the desired hook size on the other end.
Now that the leader is prepared, we go through the steps on how to rig a slip bobber.
How to Rig a Slip Bobber
- The first thing you are going to do is to take the fishing line that is coming off the rod and run it through the one of the loops of the Bobber Stops. You want about 2-3 inches of line to go through the loop.
- Next, with the fishing line in your left hand and the green bobber stop tag in your right hand, you are going to slowly pull them apart. As you are pulling them apart you want to use your left hand to hold onto the fishing line and the bobber stop. This is going to release the stop and put it on your fishing line.
- Continue pulling the green until it is free and can come off the line. At this point the bobber stop should be on the line.
- Once the bobber stop is on your line you can now put one bead on the fishing line. Keep in mind the purpose of the bead is to prevent the bobber stop from going through the bobber. You will need a bead that is bigger than the hole in the bobber.
- Next, put the fishing line through your selected slip bobber. Now you should have the bobber stop, one bead, and the bobber on the line.
- Lastly, take the fishing line from the bottom side of the bobber and tie it to the crane swivel. At this point, you will have a bobber stop attached to your line, followed by a bead, the bobber, the crane swivel and lastly the fishing hook.
Optional Step: If you are fishing with very light bait you can also add one or two sinkers just above the hook to keep the bait from floating.
There you have it! A simple way to rig your slip bobber. Now you are ready to get out there and start fishing.
To see these steps in action check out the following video: