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    I saw this article on the web about weighted bobbers. A fellow named Gozz and someone named Crappy Pappy are the authors. I thought it was really informative. I wanted to share their thoughts. Any comments?

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    "Traditional bobber rigs are among the most commonly used fishing rigs. For most anglers, the bobber rig is their go-to when they start rigging a rod. In fact, even if youíve never fished before, when you think about fishing, images of a red and white plastic bobber sitting on top of the surface of the water are probably what comes to mind.

    But traditional bobbers arenít the only option available; thereís another type of bobber available, and itís referred to as a weighted bobber. You might have noticed these bobbers when you are at the bait shop or fishing supply store, but forewent choosing them for your traditional bobber. Thatís probably because you donít really know what a weighted bobber is and what the purpose of this type of rig is.

    If youíre wondering what a weighted bobber rig is and why anglers use it, keep on reading. Below, we offer an overview of this type of rig so that you can add it to your tackle box.


    WHAT IS A WEIGHTED BOBBER?

    Weighted bobbers are pretty much what they sound like: a heavier bobber. Generally, these bobbers feature a small ring close to the bottom of the structure, which adds weight to it. The extra weight allows the bobber to stand more erect on the surface of the water. When the bobber stands straighter, itís more visible. Visibility is particularly important when using a light bait that might not have enough weight
    to allow the bobber to stand properly.

    Thereís another purpose for the extra weight: it allows you to cast your line further, and more accurately. It makes sense, if you think about it. Traditional bobbers are pretty lightweight and are hard to cast out very far. Plus, even the slightest wind can significantly affect the accuracy of your cast. If the bobber is heavier, youíre going to have more control over it, and youíre going to be able to cast it farther.
    WHEN TO USE A WEIGHTED BOBBER


    So, what type of situations would call for a weighted bobber? Any! You can use weighted bobbers to catch pretty much any species of fish. You can also use them to fish in just about any type of water. You can use them in streams, rivers, lakes, ponds; you name it. However, most anglers agree that the best use for a weighted bobber is wade fishing. It really helps to simplify the process and improves your ability to catch your targeted fish.


    SHOULD YOU USE A WEIGHTED BOBBER?

    If you usually use traditional bobbers, you might be wondering if you should give a weighted bobber a try. It really depends on your personal preferences, what type of setting you are going to be fishing in, and what species of fish you are targeting. We strongly recommend giving a bobber with weight added to it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised to see how easy it is to use, and how much it can improve your fishing experience!"

    Crappy Pappy says...

    "You also have to understand that when using a weighted float and a light weight jig ... you might not be able to detect a "lift bite", as when the fish comes up and grabs the jig but doesn't immediately go down with it. You wouldn't likely be able to tell the difference in the height above water of the float. This is exactly the reason why FnF floats are off center weighted ... so that when the fish takes the weight of the jig off the float (lift bite) it will fall over. Were it weighted at the bottom, you'd never see the float move."

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    Great read...Thank you for sharing...
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    interesting read , I thought weighted floats were just for seeing how far you can cast and still hit someone bothering you
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    I use weighted bobbers when needed. Mainly for casting distance, casting into the wind etc.

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    Do you know where I can get 1/8th metal bottoms to make my own weighted slip floats? bottoms should slide over the stem. I will use Loctite to secure them.

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    You can make a sweet loaded (weighted) waggler with a plain ol' drinking straw.

    My kisses taste like tacos.
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    I rather an unweighted slip float , because I can tell if I'm hung up on a weed or on the bottom easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRFISHDUCK View Post
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    I get those and take the spring mechanism out. Push a long stem through them and attach the weight with Loctite to make it a slip float that is weighted.

    Mike


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    I use weighed floats for all types of fishing and species of fish. I love to watch my grandsons eyes lite up when he sees that float disappear below the waters surface when we are fishing for panfish. I love to fish for walleye with a weighted float baited with a big chub. That was a great read. Thanks for sharing.

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