Bobbing with Bobber

Match a spinning reel to a 7 to 8 foot medium light action rod with 4 to 6 lb. Test monofilament line. Use a piece of 10 lb monofilament line and tie a double overhand knot on your main line. (This is the slipknot for the bobber stop). Trim off the tags of the 10lb. Line. Place a small bead on your line and slide it up to the knot. Place your slip bobber on the line and tie on a #2 or #3 Swedish Pimple. Vingla or Flute Spoon. To adjust setting the bobber, simply slide the 10 lb. Test knot up and down the 6lb test main line, this raises or lowers the spoon.

Live bait added to these small jigging spoons is very effective on walleye, trout and pan fish. Cold front conditions that slow up the bite are ideal settings for slip bobber fishing with our spoons. This works best with our #2 for bluegills, #3 for perch, crappie, cisco, etc, in shallower water down to 12 feet or so. Bait your single hook lure with a wiggler hooked at the rear of the body into the tail to keep it alive and pulsing. Or use white grubs, small minnows, mousies, etc. Drop your line to the bottom, raise it up one foot. Set your small bobber. Now twitch the rod tip just enough to tip the bobber on end in the water this is about 1 inch. Sitting there shivering from the cold is just about the right action. On any tip of the bobber the other way, set the hook!

This is one to use when the fishing is slow and the fish almost drop the bait as soon as they take it. If the fish are more active you can give them more time to mouth the bait. This also works well in spring and early summer when the fish are in shallow water. Rig the bobber about 5 feet up from the lure and bait, cast it out in the shallows with a spin rod. Again retrieve the line by twitches, just enough to tip the bobber. Set the hook only on a good moving bobber.