View Full Version : Need Help with Crappie Stalker Floats!

04-02-2006, 03:22 AM
I usually fish for crappie tightlining, but I saw these floats at Cabellas yesterday and thought they may be good for a night stalk. problem is , I don't know how to rig them. It comes with the float and then you have a package with a little bit of line wrapped around a piece of tubing and one little pink plastic ball. No instructions on how to rig, can these be used as slip bobbers? Please help so I didn't waste six bucks. Thanks, TF

04-02-2006, 03:50 AM
Thats what they are TF. Run your line through the tube, then slide the string off onto your line. Pull the two ends to cinch the knot down tight and trim the ends, this is your slip knot. Put on the plastic bead then your float (the bead acts as a stop against the knot). It will be perfectly clear to you when it's assembled on your line, just slide the knot up and down the line to adjust to the depth you wish...izzy

04-02-2006, 08:38 AM
Larry, I guess you made it back from whereever Uncle Sam had you last week. Fished last night with Mike and we busted them good. 28 crappie, about a dozen or so whites, 6 hybrids, and kept 4 Largemouth. I caught another LM close to 4 lbs but she hadn't spawned out yet so I let her go. We ran out of minnows and caught shad for bait. Had a good night. I was catching the bigger fish on a road runner head with minnow/shad and a spoon-n-shad combo. Total we caught at least double of what we kept. Still catching lots of 9 and 9.5 inche crappie.

04-02-2006, 12:36 PM
Do not forget to remove the straw before putting the bead and float on and tieing the hook on. :D . lol

04-02-2006, 01:27 PM
I'm kinda new to this too and am wondering why you need to use the straw?

Why can't you just tie the string on wherever you want it?

I've never used a slip float, just the kind that clip on with the spring on the bottom, so can you tell me the advantage of the slip float?

TexFisher. not trying to hijack your thread but I'm just curious after watching a Wally Marshall tape showing how he used these floats and I thought my question might fit into this thread.

Thanks! Joe

04-02-2006, 02:33 PM
The straw is just to hold the pretied bobber stopper. You can buy the beads and use dental floss or similar string. It is easier to pretie on a straw and put on your line. Try to tie one and put it on you line and see if you want go that route. You preset you depth with a bobber stopper and use a slip float to be able to cast better and farther. lol

04-02-2006, 02:44 PM
You can tie a "FLOAT STOP" knot directly onto the fishing line. The advantage of the slip float is that it's easier to cast when you set the stop to 5 ft or more. A fixed float will not allow the line to be reeled in past where the float is attached to the line. But a slip float stop will pass though the rod guides and allow you to reel the line into where the bait is near the tip end of your rod.

Here are some other bobber stop types to choose from:


04-02-2006, 03:50 PM

This is the kind bobber stop that I tie, I like it and they hold well. It's easy to tie also. :D

04-02-2006, 06:23 PM
Using slip bobber rigs I like to use a heavier pound test line on the main line with a lesser weight test leader line on for the hook and sinker. Say 8 pound test line from the reel with slip knot, a bead, the slip bobber then another bead tied to a small swivel. Onto the swivel attach a short length of lighter test line, say 4 lb test, with the spit shot and hook. The lenght of your leader from swivel to the hook will determine the shallowest you can fish and fishing deeper is no problem.

If you get the hook snagged then theoretically if you have to beak your line you will only be loosing your leader split shot and hook. I find it less of a hassel if I only have to retie just the leader and the hook if I have to break off.

04-02-2006, 06:59 PM
Great responses guys...cleared that up for me and now I have a reason to shop for some new bobbers in the morning. Gotta like that.:)

Now if the weather would ever let me get out fishing, that would be even better.

Thanks again! Joe