Fishing bobbers, also known as fishing floats, are an incredibly important part of bringing in a good catch. Not only do they help suspend bait at specific depths, but some can also carry baited hooks through tough areas of water and can indicate when a fish bites.
Fishing with a bobber is known as float or bobber fishing. However, not all bobbers are the same. It can be easy to assume that they are, but the truth is you need different ones depending on what type of fishing you plan to do. This article will break down the most popular types of fishing bobbers to show what makes them all different.
The Versatility of Wagglers
Waggler bobbers are easily the most popular float in today’s fishing world. This model is only attached at the bottom end which, due to its unique shape, enables it to zip through the air quite easily. That means anglers can throw these bobbers extremely long distances.
These bobbers come in two types: straight or bodied. Each of those is available with or without inserts and then can be crafted from a wide range of materials. Whatever you choose is based on personal preference and style.
Wagglers are fastened onto the main line through either an eye or by rubbers. They are also locked by split shot on both sides. How they are locked (fixed or free) depends entirely on the fishing conditions.
This style is popular because of its incredible versatility. These bobbers have use in all forms of fishing, and are often employed in every type of water.
The reason for that range is because they are sensitive, easy to cast, and naturally resist windy conditions. Those combinations give them better bite detection and are perfect when going after shy fish.
Reasons to Choose Stick Bobbers
The next bobber is the stick bobber. These floats are either attached at the top and bottom with rubber bands, or they are stuck on with a rubber band at the top and with eyelets at the bottom. They also have no body. Rather, they are a straight bobber with a taper.
Sticks are constructed with heavy, non-buoyant hardwood or plastic. The way they attach is important because the style enables anglers to easily change or choose their position along the line.
Though the fixed position takes away stick’s use in deeper waters, they can be set in flowing water against a tight line without the float sinking down.
That ability shows why stick floats are best utilized for river fishing. The top part of the bobber creates a good amount of buoyancy for the device, while the bottom acts as a stabilizing weight that prevents it from riding out into the water.
As stick bobbers tend to sit in an upright position, they are perfect for choppy conditions or open water. They are also great for rivers and are good to break out any time you find yourself fishing in running water with strong drift. They respond nicely to quick or light bites as well.
The Pros of Pole Floats
The final type of bobber we’re going to cover are pole floats. These bobbers are extremely small, which means they are easy to control. You never have to overexert yourself when using these or risk any strains.
Pole bobbers are extremely sensitive, more so than most other float types, and they come in a range of shapes and sizes. When choosing a pole bobber, you can always pick the exact one that will best fit in with the type of fishing you want to do.
Being able to choose between different tips is also important in making sure you catch the most fish possible. Pole tips come in different materials, including wire, balsa, cane, or nylon. The stems are typically created from carbon fiber, which makes them heavy enough and durable enough to last in rougher waters.
For those reasons, pole bobbers are an all-around style of float. They can be used in just about every water type, but they do best in river fishing or when you’re out in lakes or canals.
They work in both shallow or deep waterways, and can be used in any region where the fish are particularly shy.
Keeping Your Line in the Right Place
When choosing a bobber for fishing, it is important to know the different types available to you. All three of the above styles are great options. However, there are other types out there, such as fly fishing bobbers, bubble floats, and dinks.
Bobbers are not always needed, but when they are required they are extremely important. Being able to see when a fish bites is useful in choppy water, while keeping the bait off the bottom is important in more still circumstances. Wherever you like to fish, chances are a bobber will come in handy.