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    Hey there,

    This past weekend I went fishing and planned on fishing without a slip bobber. I have to say it was harder than I thought. So many people on YouTube Fish without slip bobbers. My friend father used a slip bobber and was slamming fish left and right. I really wanted to fish without a bobber but was forced to use one. Even after I used one I still couldn’t catch anything. We were fishing like 12 to 15 feet deep for them. What would you all recommend?


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    Quote Originally Posted by FaithNFishing View Post
    We were fishing like 12 to 15 feet deep for them.
    Using minnows or jigs?
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    I'd recommend using the slip float & same bait, in the same area, at the same time. Sort of the old "if you can't beat'em, join'em" ideology. And if that ain't working, check to see if you're using the same line (on real clear lakes it can make a difference). I would have also asked my friend's father what he was doing that I wasn't doing ... then get like him as best I could.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FaithNFishing View Post
    Hey there,

    This past weekend I went fishing and planned on fishing without a slip bobber. I have to say it was harder than I thought. So many people on YouTube Fish without slip bobbers. My friend father used a slip bobber and was slamming fish left and right. I really wanted to fish without a bobber but was forced to use one. Even after I used one I still couldn’t catch anything. We were fishing like 12 to 15 feet deep for them. What would you all recommend?


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    He might of have been fishing at the perfect depth, and you might of have been a foot are two off the fish.

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    Use what gets you the bite. I fish different than many people on the site do. I prefer one rod and cast jigs. I don't have the patience to sit and watch a float unless I fish 2 rods and one will have a slip float. A slip float will keep your bait in the target area much longer increasing your chances of getting a bite. I fish an area and pluck the aggressive fish and than move on. I maybe wrong in my thinking but I look at my method as presenting my jig to as fish as I can in a short time. With a slip bobber your hoping the fish will find your bait and bite. BUT there are days when my method isn't as productive as just fishing with a slip bobber and than I change.
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    I got started on crappie with slip bobber's and really like them. But recently I found a school of them that weren't hitting the slip bobber. I wasn't sure they were even there till I tried just the jig and no bobber. Might be I wasn't getting deep enough with the slip bobber and just the jig got down to them, don't know. But that was the second time I went with just the jig and both time's it was just looking for fish farther away from the bank in deeper water. Something I noticed really helps with the slip bobber is a bit of wind to move the water around a bit. The water move's and the bobber moves and when that happens is when it works best for me. Maybe on calm water simply popping the bobber a bit now and then will help. the bobber moves and the jig move's. Think about it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathb4disco View Post
    Using minnows or jigs?
    We were using jigs


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    Quote Originally Posted by CrappiePappy View Post
    I'd recommend using the slip float & same bait, in the same area, at the same time. Sort of the old "if you can't beat'em, join'em" ideology. And if that ain't working, check to see if you're using the same line (on real clear lakes it can make a difference). I would have also asked my friend's father what he was doing that I wasn't doing ... then get like him as best I could.
    I ended up matching his whole set up. The only difference was the line. The water wasn’t dirty but it wasn’t clear. The fish would hit and pause and every time they’d pause the wait was ridiculous. I’d move then they’d hit in the previous spot. I can say I was a bit frustrated and wasn’t as patient as I should have been. That was probably the reason too. Might have to go out again soon, hopefully I can get it right.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Fischer View Post
    I got started on crappie with slip bobber's and really like them. But recently I found a school of them that weren't hitting the slip bobber. I wasn't sure they were even there till I tried just the jig and no bobber. Might be I wasn't getting deep enough with the slip bobber and just the jig got down to them, don't know. But that was the second time I went with just the jig and both time's it was just looking for fish farther away from the bank in deeper water. Something I noticed really helps with the slip bobber is a bit of wind to move the water around a bit. The water move's and the bobber moves and when that happens is when it works best for me. Maybe on calm water simply popping the bobber a bit now and then will help. the bobber moves and the jig move's. Think about it!
    I saw that happen when the wind picked up. I had to do less jigging. Seemed like when the wind picked up, the water got dirtier. That could have contributed to no bites also.


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