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I always use the big red and white bobbers, but have seen people using other types. Is there an advantage to the other types?

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I never fish any bobber than a slip bobber.  With a slip bobber, you can set the depth you want to present the bait from 1 inch to 30 feet and it allows you to cast normally.  They also are typically a "pencil" type bobber which when hit, the fish can take it underwater easily without feeling much resistance.
 

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I'm with ya, slip floats are the only way to go. They are super versital, especially when you want your bait 10+ feet down. I normally use a Thill weighted slip float. The weight on the end helps it go under when the fish pull on it reducing the resistance the fish feel.
 

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I use different bobbers for different situations. If fishing for crappie, wipers or whitebass, I use a those dense round (styrofoam?) bobbers that have a lead weight on the bottom. It's just like the typical red and white bobber, but it has that weight on the bottom for further casting. For this situation, I also sometimes use the clear bobbers that you can fill up with water.

If fishing with minnows for crappie and/or whitebass, I can live with the regular pencil type bobbers. You can get em at Wal-Mart for about 97 cents to a dollar each. For situations where I want my bait near or off the bottom in deeper water such as on dams for walleye, I'll use slip bobbers. The only reason I don't use slip bobbers more often is because I'm lazy. If I wasn't so in that "rush before the fish stop biting" mood when fishing, I'd use slip bobbers more often.

I like the huge red and white bobbers for puttin small sunfish or shad under and tossing them out for whatever giant fish may hit. Haven't caught anything with that yet, but I'm sure one of these days that will change.
 

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Bobbers are wonderful! I grew up using red and white plastic bobbers from the size of a dime up the the size of large plum. They are indespensible. Sometimes I know the depth I want to fish and place a regular set depth bobber on the line. Other times I want to experiment and put on a slip bobber. I usually keep one rod rigged in my boat with a slip bobber combination. I use fixed bobbers to quickly add a bobber to line. Slip bobbers can be time consuming and I don't want to be setting up a line when I discover a school of perch or crappie. The style of bobber I use most frequently is a pencil type, Ihave not used a round plastic bobber in years. Give me something made mostly out of wood.

I also rig several of my ice fishing lines with bobbers. I use tiny ones and just enough split shot to almost sink it. You get one of those gentle winter hits and it slides under without any resistance and you set the hood and "Fish On"!

I love bobbers.................

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A great bobber that I found while picking up tackle for a"bubble and fly" rig was one made by Rainbow plastics. It is hollow with both ends of it connected to a peice of rubber that pulls the two ends inwards. You can fill it with water for added castin distance.....Ive heard people put split-shot to attract fish by rattling it......you can put a small glo-stick for a lighted bobber for night fishing.

Just putting my 2 cents in...

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Real fishermen don't use bobbers.
Yeah, they put them on fly leaders and call them strike indicators...
 

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mauser said:
LOL -- now thats funny. they also use little jigs and call them nymphs ;D

zman said:
Real fishermen don't use bobbers.
Yeah, they put them on fly leaders and call them strike indicators...
hey now....be easy on us flyfishers...were a sensitive crew....
 

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Just so you all know, I used a bobber today. I finally tried out those Wing It bobbers I got free from NAFC. Didn't really like them but I did like my Power Pro braided line. That stuff casts like a dream.
 

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Chooch said:
I always use the big red and white bobbers, but have seen people using other types. Is there an advantage to the other types?

chooch
As to your question yes there are advantages of using different types, the less resistance the bobber has the less likely the fish is going to spit it out. Also the bigger the bobber the easier it is to see at night, unless it has a light on it.
Bobbers are a great technique to get your bait a certain depth, its funny to me that people will use a slip bobber then make fun of someone using the ole red and white bobber, when really they are doing the same thing. I use them mostly for catfishing at night, and setting up the kids for gills. I sometimes use them for crappie if fishing off a dock with a minnow.
 
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